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January 12, 2015

Do-Rags and Sewing Kits: 2 Unconventional Fashion Week Hair Hacks

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By Katie Harrington


Each Fashion Week season, when the hairspray settles and the backstage prep areas are left littered with pins and glitter, we find ourselves amongst some brilliant hair—showcasing truly creative shapes and textures. And many times, the techniques used to achieve these styles are just as inspiring!


Two guys who know this well are Fashion Week veterans Orlando Pita and James Pecis. At Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week, they relied on somewhat unconventional methods to make sure their models were primped and primed for their romps down the catwalk.


At the Derek Lam show, Orlando used do-rag-style head wraps to accentuate the contrast between his models’ straight mid-lengths and ends and their more gritty, textured looks at the crown. To create this edgy look, he used PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray at the crown, then set this section with the head wraps. Wraps remained on the models until the last possible minute to ensure a perfect blend of refinement and modern sophistication. 



Zero + Maria Cornejo gave us an equally-creative look, inspired by innocence, naivety and femininity. This layered knot worked perfectly against the stronger textures and shapes of the pieces in the collection. James achieved this simple and sophisticated style using knots, elastic “thread” and a whole lot of texture! 



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1. Section by section, spray PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray from roots to ends and blow dry with a T3 Featherweight Luxe 2I Dryer. The goal is to “over-dry” the hair for a fluffy, almost static-electricity texture.


2. Create a deep, side part and swoop the hair across the forehead. Mist PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hair Spray at the parting. Using it on just the part will give this element a super clean and graphic finish.



3. Divide the head into quadrants. Omit the top section and tie the left and right sections into a knot.


4. Drop the top section over the knot and tie another knot on top using the ends of the right and left section ends to hold the shape in place.



5. A stitch through the hair below the knot with elastic ‘thread’ keeps movement minimal in the rest of the hair.


6. Finish with PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray.