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September 14, 2015

NYFW…Slip Knot Ponies

Runway updos and knots pretty much go hand-in-hand during Fashion Week, and this season was no exception. Spring/summer 2016 shows featured plenty of knotted looksbraided, twisted, sleek, contemporary and always on-trend. Here are some of our favorite knots!

Nicholas K
Hair by Giannandrea, Celebrity Stylist for Macadamia Professional

For the Nicholas K show, Celebrity Stylist Giannandrea created a Back Knota modern twist on the Asian classic top knot.

Get the Look
1. Slightly dampen the hair with water and create a center part all the way to the highest point of the head. Evenly distribute Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer from the roots to the ends.

2. Section the hair from the top of head to the ears, combing down from the part. Take back, large sections and blow-dry using a diffuser and the Macadamia Professional Boar Bristle Paddle Brush.

3. For heat protection and added shine, apply Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray onto dried hair. Run a flat iron through all sections to straighten hair.

4. Gather all hair at the nape of the neck using the paddle brush and create a tight, low ponytail.  Secure the ponytail in place with an elastic and reinforce with pins.

5. Then, secure the weft of extensions onto the elastic.

6. Take a small section of the weft to hold aside. With the remaining hair in the pony,  create a loose loop and secure with another elastic.

7. Wrap the small section of loose hair around the elastic, securing it with a pin and spray the Macadamia Professional Style Lock Strong Hold Hairspray for lasting placement.

3.1 Phillip Lim
Hair by Paul Hanlon for Wella Professionals

Street meets sport for the Phillip Lim spring/summer collection. “It’s street style mixed with elegance which creates this amazing coexistence of contradiction,” describes Phillip. For the hair, Paul wanted to create a style that was simple yet impactful, so he took the undone sportiness of a bun and added a bit of netting to the front of the head. “It’s organic and true to the collection, which was most important when deciding on a look,” notes Paul.

Get the Look
1. Create a messy center part then apply Wella Professionals EIMI Extra Volume Mousse throughout the hair to create texture.

2. Create flat S shape waves in the hair then take a flat iron and press down on the wave to create a natural movement in the hair. For curly hair, start by using Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Me then blow-dry the hair to get a smoother texture.

3. Apply Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm section by section and then use your fingers to detangle the hair to create separation.

4. Make a low ponytail, with a long elastic (but do not cut the elastic as it will be used later to secure the shapes).

5. Slightly twist the hair and fold it on itself to create a messy bun shape. Tie with the remaining elastic, making sure to leave the ends out.

6. Use a small quantity of Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm on the ends.

7. Place the square of netting across the head and secure behind the ear with white bobby pins. Make sure the net is very tight to the head and slightly offset on the front.

8. Seal the look with Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential.

Ryan Roche
Hair by James Pecis for Beauty.com using PHYTO

The Ryan Roche girl for spring/summer 2016 is reminiscent of a ’90s, minimalistic, ballerina student going between rehearsals.

Get the Look
 Prep hair with PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray and rough-dry it in. Give the hair a natural and easy center part.

2. Take a 1-inch curling iron, bump up the front part of the hair to create more texture and give a natural wave to the hair.

3. Work PHYTO Professional Matte Texturizing Paste through the ends.

4. Pull the hair back into a low ponytail and roughly twist down to loop the hair into a low knot. To make the hair look as natural as possible, leave out 2 inches toward the end of the twist so it sticks out on the right side.

5. Finish by misting Phytolaque Soie Hairspray to keep the look in place.

Jonathan Simkhai
Hair by Thomas Osborn, TIGI® U.S. Creative Director

Bohemian and Americana elements combine to create feminine and romantic silhouettes. Inspired by urban architecture and scaffolding, the collection speaks to the contemporary woman. “This look is a classic take on Americana—it’s feminine and romantic, with a slightly bohemian vibe that’s loose and casual. The hair is soft yet still polished,” notes Thomas.

Get the Look
1. Prep the hair with CATWALK by TIGI® Bodifying Spray to achieve volume and texture. Using a round brush, blow-dry the front section of the hair smooth, leaving natural movement in the ends and hair at the back.

2. Next, gather the hair loosely behind the shoulder, keeping tension light around the ears, and tie in a loose knot at the nape. Split the pony into two again and tie another knot using a black elastic to secure.

3. Once the knot is secured, separate with your fingers while using pins to secure pieces of hair where desired.

4. Set the look with CATWALK by TIGI® Work It Hairspray.

Tracy Reese
Hair by Bok-Hee for SheaMoisture


Sheer transparency enhanced by moments of shine set the tone for the Tracy Reese collection. Distinctive details such as color and embellishments create the vision of the natural-looking woman. “The skin is glowing and dewy while the nails are kept simple in design. With this in mind, I went about creating a no-fuss hair look signified by natural textures and an effortless chignon that perfectly complemented the overall look,” shares Bok-Hee.

Get the Look
1. Fight frizz and nourish the  hair by working in SheaMoisture Professional Curl Leave-In Conditioner.

2. Parcel out small portions of hair around the crown of the head to be set aside and gather the rest to be pulled into a low chignon. 

3. Apply SheaMoisture Professional Finish Blow Dry Cream throughout hair as you pull it into a low ponytail at the nape. Layer SheaMoisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze onto strands to provide the ultimate clear shine boost.

4. To create the chignon, gently twist the hair from the nape of the neck to the ends, and then begin to coil it in a counter-clockwise circle. Continue to twist the hair into a bun shape using the index finger to hold it in place. Secure the sides of the bun with bobby pins, then gently pull and loosen the edges of the bun to get the desired shape, then secure with more bobby pins.

5. With the remaining wispy pieces of hair, apply SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and use a teasing brush to create structure.

6. Finish by spraying SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist for hold and hydration.

Hair by Amy Farid for Oribe Hair Care

Inspired by the idea that clothing, like architecture, should respond and adapt to the wearer, Amy created a sleek, knotted pony to complement the architectural line of the clothing.

Get the Look
Prep the hair with Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer and blow-dry straight with a Mason Pearson brush.

2. Brush the hair back into a ponytail, using elastic cord to secure it in place. Once secure, use Foundation Mist and Gel Serum to flatten. Then spray with Shine Light Reflecting Spray for extra shine.

3. Make a square shape with the hair at the top of the ponytail, using Gel Serum and Foundation Mist to hold the shape. Secure the square panel with a sewn in elastic cord, 2.5 inches below the ponytail.

4. Use a flat iron to straighten the ends and finish with Shine Light Reflecting Spray.

Hair by Diego Da Silva for Rene Furterer

For Giulietta’s spring 2016 collection, fashion designer Sofia Sizzi drew inspiration from athleticism and sports, particularly tennis, combined with the power of femininity. “The hair inspiration was this idea of a tennis player tying her own bun during a game,” said Sofia. “The hair had to be sporty yet elegant.” Lead Stylist Diego Da Silva created three distinct textures: the tip of the head is dry, leading into a shiny, smooth looped ponytail with a wet sheen along the hairline.

Get the Look
1. To begin, apply a palms worth of René Furterer VOLUMEA Volumizing Foam and apply all over the hair in sections, concentrating on roots and brushing back with a boar bristle brush. 
2. Next, blow-dry hair with the nozzle close to the roots while brushing hair in a backward direction. Gather hair into a ponytail, making hair as smooth as possible and finally secure it with a bungee cord.  
3. Use your hands to very gently push some hair forward from out of the base of the ponytail only on the top of the head. This helps create some wisps and made the look feel a little less controlled. 
4. Generously spray René Furterer FIORAVANTI Shine Enhancing No Rinse Detangling Spray over the entire ponytail and straighten the hair in sections with a flat iron until it is fully sleek and shiny. 
5. Once the ponytail is completely straight, create a small loop at the base of the ponytail and secure it tightly with a bungee cord to maintain its shape. Let the remaining ponytail hang straight down.
7. Finally, using your fingers apply René Furterer STYLING WAX along the hairline smoothing it back, making the hair appear slightly wet, as if the model had just finished playing a game of tennis.