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September 10, 2014

Bun Bonanza at NYFW!

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NYFW ’15 was chock-full of beautiful, innovative—and maybe a little bit crazy—hair looks, but sometimes your clients want to keep it to the basics. Amped up a notch or two, of course. Here, we want to share our four favorite NYFW takes on the traditional bun. From sleek and elegant to just a little bit wild, we’ve got the perfect ‘do for any occasion.


Inspired by Jazz-age muse, heiress and political activist, Nancy Cunard, the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015 collection echoes the unapologetic strength of women who break the rules. “The play on textures and the variations of braids and chignons embrace Nancy Cunard’s far-reaching influences,” commented lead stylist Amit Abraham. “Tribal braids are coupled with a lady-like chignon and a braided crown to create a modern iconoclastic look.”


Get the Look!
 Prime hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Sève Protectrice and divide hair into two sections, one on top of the other. The top section is held loosely at the apex, and the bottom is slicked into a ponytail at the occipital bone.

2. Create a center part in the top section from the hairline to apex and create two cornrows on either side of the center part. Then, secure with an elastic and wrap ends around ponytail underneath.
3. Apply L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip to ponytail and split into two sections.
4. Box braid the left side and secure with elastic. On the opposite section, French lace (ruche technique) braid for texture. Wrap braid and ruched sections together to create a voluminous chignon.
5. Finish by spraying with L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Shimmer and L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 for shine and hold.
7. Starting at the the front of the hairline, take a black cord and sew a lace pattern through the cornrows using a crochet needle.
8. Use L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Poker Paste to smooth flyaways.



Backstage with Cutler/Redken Salons for Nanette Lepore, Lead Stylist, Linh Nguyen, says, “Nanette wanted a sun-kissed beauty who in one swift wardrobe change could go from day to night. This effortlessly chic topknot in a ‘wind blown’ fashion’ perfectly captures today’s modern woman on the go.”


Get the Look!
1. Beginning with dry, straightened hair, apply Redken Fashion Work 12 – Versatile Working Spray all over to add grit and texture, and then finger comb into a ponytail, high up on top of the head, and secure with an elastic.
2. Section the ponytail and apply Redken Wind Blown 05 Drying Finishing Spray throughout. Using a paddle brush, tease hair to add volume and dimension.
3. After the entire ponytail is teased, proceed with wrapping the hair clockwise into a “messy” topknot and secure with bobby pins.
4. Spritz Redken Wind Blown 05 Drying Finishing Spray all over to texturize. Using fingertips or the  palms of hands, lightly brush at hair to create purposefully tousled wind blown look.
5. Finish with Redken Fashion Work 12 – Versatile Working Spray for extra hold.



“The Venetian inspired lace and varied textures of the fabrics in the Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2015 collection compelled me to create a simple yet strong silhouette.  In the way Tadashi chose to take the classic lace in a new direction, I created a modern lace of my own, reflected in the horizontal chignon braid.” – Lead Stylist, Rodney Cutler, for Tadashi Shoji


Get the Look!
 Blow-dry hair straight using a flat brush.
2. Then, create a strong center part and secured hair into a sleek ponytail using a fine bristle brush. Secure with an elastic at the nape of the neck. 
3. Depending on hair thickness, work a dime to quarter size dollop of Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 – Cushioning Blow Dry Gelinto into the ponytail to prep for additional styling.
4. Then, weave hair into a tight, smooth, classic braid and secure with a tie at the bottom of the hair shaft.
5. Next, pull the braid to the left side of the head and secure with bobby pins. Fold the hair over itself, and towards the right side of the head to create a horizontal chignon at the bottom of the head. Repeat folding until the length of the braided ponytail is secured to the head using pins.
6. The look was finished with Redken Fashion Work 12 – Versatile Working Spray for additional shine and hold.



Laurent Philippon’s inspiration for the Ralph Rucci NYFW S/S ’15 show was, “Pure and simple; halfway between effortless and prima ballerina.” 


Get the Look!
1. Blow dry hair towards the back with Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray.
Gather hair into a low pony and mist with Bumble and bumble Does It All, achieving a workable hold (without any stiffness).
3. Twist the hair around the pony (without creating too much tension) to create a soft yet sculptural loop, then gently secure with hairpins.

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