The Chignon Hits Fashion Week

I spent much of February preparing for or at Fashion Week, and let me tell you – it’s exciting, sure, but a lot more exhausting than it looks!

However, it’s an exciting way to observe as trends are born. It’s also a way to revisit the classics!

Look at shows like the Venexiana and Woman’s Mafia Fall shows at NYFW, and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham: The top knot or chignon is becoming one of the fastest growing hair trends for 2010, and we saw it here first.

Want to be able to do it yourself at home? One of my favorite stylists, Philip Pelusi, along with creative director Jeffrey Reitz, created a variety of topknot looks seen during Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week.

For Venexiana’s show, the Philip Pelusi design team utilized a knot he called “Empire Chignon”. A twist on the classic chignon, the hair created for Venexiana was architectural and took on new height – literally. Like Kati Stern’s design esthetic, the hair was couture, high fashion.

Here are tips from the Philip Pelusi team for recreating the look from Woman’s Mafia (the Venexiana look is much more intricate):

1. Spray hair with P2 Refresh Hair to give hair texture
2. Divide hair into two ponytails: perimeter and crown
3. Pull the perimeter ponytail into a high nape
4. Spray again with P2 Refresh Hair
5. Pull a hair net over the ponytail and fashion it into “petals”

The chignon may not be for everyone, but it’s absolutely worth giving a try at your next formal affair!

By Aly Walansky

@2010 Fashion Week with John Patrick & Aveda

Bridgett Bardot was the choice inspiration of the ORGANICS by John Patrick 2010 Fashion Week show. The hair was phenom and definitely hair raising. Aveda lead stylist Odile Gilbert created this amazing look. “Our collection this season is centered around big, beautiful hair that makes our hand-woven tweeds look happy. Despite some inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Lady Diana, and Brigitte Bardot, the hair look is modern—very young and fun, not polished or structured.” stated John Patrick of ORGANIC by John Patrick.

How to recreate this look at home:
1. Brush through hair and prep with Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam to add body and shine. Use a comb to create a left side part.
2. Divide hair into four sections: sides, back, and top. Fold the top section over the face and clip back to separate.
3. Backcomb the back section of hair with a brush to create messy volume. Spray liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray for maximum hold.
4. Create an anchor by crossing bobby pins horizontally across the middle of the back section of hair, just below the crown of the head.
5. Using large hair pins, attach a hairdresser’s sponge at the crown, where bobby pins are anchored.
6. Cross the right section of backcombed hair over to the left, pinning over the hairdresser’s sponge with large hair pins. Repeat with the left section of backcombed hair, bringing it to right. Take all remaining hair in the back section and twirl to the left to create a French twist. Secure the twist at the nape of the neck with hair pins, creating a tail of loose hair draped over the shoulder.
7. Set aside a portion of hair to fall in front of the left ear, and brush remaining top section of hair over the hairdresser’s sponge, Pin it into the French twist to create a “pouf.” Pull lightly with fingers to create loose, spontaneous volume. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray.
8. Leave wisps of free falling hair in front of the left ear, and loosely pin remaining pieces above the right ear. Finish with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray.

Grammy’s 40’s Glamour Updo

40’s Glamour was the rage at the Grammy’s 2010 on Sunday night. Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift looked amazing in their faux bob updo’s. I know this look will be the inspiration for many wedding updo styles. How can you get Taylor Swift’s or Nicole Kidman’s 40’s Glamour Updo? Pureology PureArtists Mary Katherine Hecht, Christopher Devaney, April Webster and Byu-ti/Pureology Salon owner Natasha Sunshine give us the 411 on how to recreate this look.

How to Get the 40’s Glamour Updo

  1. Apply even amounts of Essential Repair InstantRepair, SuperSmooth RelaxingSerum and NanoGlaze to wet hair. Comb through evenly with a wide tooth comb.
  2. Create a side part, diffuse hair allowing the hairs enhanced natural curl and texture to show through.
  3. When the hair is dry, roll the back section (ear to ear) under and pin with large hair pins. This creates a faux bob line.
  4. Take the remaining side sections and continue to roll the hair under to your desired length and pin this section to the back section creating a looser and relaxed and look to the front.
  5. Emulsify DryShine Hairstyler in your hands and gently massage the hair until you have a textured and relaxed look all over.
  6. Finish this look off with GlossingMist for incredible shine and InChargePlus Firm Finishing Spray for hold.

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

Double Bun Updo How To

Are you looking for an easy way to create a fancy updo within mintues.  Equip yourself with a few bobby pins and you are on your way to creating this simple yet sexy updo.  Check out the video below on how to create a double bun updo provided by!

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!

No Fuss Party Hair, Faux Bob and Modern Updo

Looking for no fuss party hair? Look no further. Celebrity stylist Chris form the Chris McMillan Salon demonstrates how you can get two easy party hair looks the Faux Bob and the modern updo. Don’t we all love that look!

Big Bun Celebrity Updo Hairstyles

beyonce updo hair style Wedding anyone?  With the onset of wedding and prom season we are on the look out for fab updo’s that make everyone’s head spin in envy.  Big bodacious buns are a fantastic style that look amazing with both an off the shoulder and strapless of course couture dress.  Check out StyleBell’s picks of the best celebrity big buns!  (Inspired by our fav – Beyonce’s nuptials!)