Formal Hair: The Messy Chignon

My work involves a large amount of formal events, travel, and cocktail parties – sometimes a combination of all of the above.

It’s hard to look pretty and poised when you’ve likely been on an 18-hour flight just an hour before, or are coming off a day of six appointments. Essentially, the easier the hairstyle the better – but it has to LOOK like a million bucks.

To help me with this conundrum, I consulted Eugene Toye, Ryan Cunningham and Eddie Ngai  – master hair stylists from the Rita Hazan Salon.

They said one great style to try is chignon – but in a very messy, modern take, and it can easily be done from home – or your hotel room!

Step 1:  To give hair just the right amount of movement and keep it from being too close to the head, use a volumizing cream and apply to freshly washed and well-towel-dried hair.
Comb product through hair and put a deep side part in hair.
Step 2:  Blow dry hair with a medium round brush for added body.
Step 3:  Then, brush hair back into a low ponytail and fasten just above the nape of the neck.
Step 4:  Begin winding the hair around the base of the ponytail, securing it underneath and on top with bobby pins as you go. Leaving the ends out.
Step 5:  It’s more modern to have pieces out for a look that’s slightly undone. Use gold or colored bobby pins to spice it up! (And that gives the added benefit of seductively REMOVING your pins at the end of the night!)

So, there we have it! As we are getting closer to the holidays, I’m sure that we all have more events than ever coming up. I’ll keep these style how-to’s coming!

By Aly Walansky

Fashion Week: Aveda at John Patrick Organics!

JPO_9.10.09_Aveda_1Aveda was all Bohemian Chic at the John Patrick Organics Fashion Show at the Keen’s Steakhouse yesterday!  The hair style was super sexy and romantic.  John Patrick told us “This season, I wanted to dig deep below the surface of Bohemian style, and create a free-spirited look that’s chic, pretty, and fresh.  I was inspired by a photograph taken at the Krazy Kat Club in the 1920’s and sought to create of a dressy, “wholesome Bohemia,” defined by artistic endeavor and intellectual pursuit.  The collection is bright and optimistic—true Bohemians are enthusiasts.  It features a mix-match of happy, classic Bohemia and chic, wear-anywhere utility pieces.  The mix-and-match strategy is signature Organic, but shows my wholesome, Bohemian point-of-view.  What’s Bohemia without self-expression?” StyleBell agrees. 

Odile Gilbert was the Aveda lead stylist, creating the magical Bohemian looks.  When asked how to re-create this look at home Odile gave StyleBell the inside scoop.  “This look is gorgeous and easy to recreate for day or evening.  Prep hair with Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and create a deep side part.  Spray hair with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray and curl with a one-inch barrel curling iron.  Brush through to create soft, full waves.  Smooth the top of hair with Aveda Light Elements Shaping Wax to tame flyaways and achieve a smooth, modern finish.  Lastly, twist the front curl back and secure with a barrette, adding Air Control Hair Spray for volume and hold.”  Thanks Odile!

Halle Berry’s Look For Under $15!

Mara Roszak, TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, created Halle’s gorgeous hairstyle for under $15!  Mara proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create award-winning  looks.  Follow these simple steps to achieve Halle Berry’s stunning style:

  1. Apply TRESemmé Thermal Creations Straightening Gel on wet hair from roots to ends.  Blow-dry hair with a medium-sized round brush, creating movement and lift.
  2. Then, curl random sections of hair using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, spraying each section with TRESemmé TRES TWO Ultra Fine Mist hairspray before curling.  Apply a small amount of TRESemmé  24 Hour Body Weightless Crème onto hands, rub together, and brush out curls with fingertips, giving hair body and shine.
  3. Next, pull hair into a mid-height pony, twisting it into a loose chignon, pinning as you go.   Be sure to leave out some pieces to give it an organic look.
  4. Finally, spray with TRESemmé TRES TWO Ultra Fine Mist hairspray to hold chignon. 

Fergie’s 40’s Insired Hairstyle

fergie

Fergie shined with this fabulous hair and her new hubby by her side at the Vanity Fair and Krug Dinner at the Chateau Marmont, hosted by Keisha Cole!   One of our fav stylists, Rodney Cutler, celebrity stylist and owner of Cutler/Redken salons created her glamorous 40’s inspired look.  I love this look! 

Here, he shares his simple steps on achieving Fergie’s ‘do:

Start off by spraying hair with Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray to protect hair from heat damage.  Then, spray with Cutler Volumizing Spray to add a little volume and rough dry.

  1. Next, wrap pieces of hair around a 1/2 inch curling iron, created spirals.  Spray each section with hairspray before curling.
  2. Create a side part and over-direct hair so that hair sits flatter at the front.  Brush out with a Mason Pearson brush to create an airy modern texture.
  3. Pull hair back to one side, twisting slightly, and secure knot with bobby pins.
  4. Finish with hairspray for a long-lasting touchable hold.

Posh Spice the Posh Bob Cut

I know I know the Posh Bob made famous by Victoria Beckham is history or is it?  I have seen more women with the Posh Bob this month than I have ever seen.  Want to know how to create that fab cut?  Check out this video which details exactly how to get the Posh Bob look.  Enjoy!

Style with a Deep Conditioner?

Could this be true!  Yes!  Johnny Lavoy, rock start hair stylist, shows us how you can style with deep conditioner.  This cute braided updo took him less than 2 mintues to pull off.  So give yourself 5.  I know you will love it!

Is Natural Beachy the New Look?

Kate Hudson's Beachy Hair

Kate Hudson

So I have to admit I have been tempted to put my flat iron aside and let my hair go au natural wavy!  What has gotten in to me.  I always tell my bff’s that I can feel the trends.  I guess it comes with the territory.  So my quoted on next hair trend is the au natural beachy look.  How to get this look is as easy as waking up in the morning.  I have been using some incredible beach curl enhancing sprays that really work in creating a very subtle wave that is very natural.  My top picks:

David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray

 Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Wave Spray

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Although the summer is almost over your hair will look fab in its au natural state with a little pick me up.  Very sexy and very now.

Behind the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 Vogue & Redken

Behind the Lens Vogue & Redken

Behind the Lens Vogue & Redken

OMG!  Are you an inspiring hair dresser or stylist?  The Behind the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 four-part series is the answer for you.  Honestly anyone and everyone would be interested in this series!  I was invited to the premiere of Behend the Lens: The Look of Fall 2008 last week, sponsored by Vogue and Redken.  Vogue TV has created this series which follows top Redken Creative Consultant, Guido around the globe at various fashion shows and shoots including, Peter Som, Jean Paul Gautier, and Roberto Cavalli.  The series offers an insider’s view into the creative fashion & hair collaborations behind preparing a runway show, highlighting the impact major designers will have on the season’s fashion and beauty trends. I love the ease as to how Guido styles.  It is awe inspiring. 

Other Behind the Lens episodes include the behind the scenes at the GAP fall collection photoshoot and Estee Lauder’s Sensuos photo shoot with Gwenyth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley.  This is a must see so go to Vogue TV and check it out.  Block out at least an hour as these episodes are quite addicting.