Tela Beauty Organics founder Philip Pelusi was tasked with creating the hair concept at the Venexiana fall ’14 show. Inspired by 14th-century coquettes, Philip went for a braided updo that was demure, elegant and represented the spirit of that age.
The celebrity hairstylist and designer Kati Stern do a quick interview backstage.
Philip says, “To ‘glam up’ your hairstyle and create this look at home, you’ll want to custom make a faux hairpiece. You can find different lengths, colors and textures at your local beauty supply store. Simply take two sections, twist and secure at each end. Begin to apply it to the top of your head and proceed with the easy-to-follow steps below.”
1) Use Tela’s Composer to slick hair straight back into a ponytail.
2) lace a twisted roll of faux hair like a headband behind the ears.
3) Secure with pins and wrap around the ponytail.
4) Use Composer and Tela’s Hair Gloss to smooth flyaways.
5) Divide the ponytail into two sections.
6) Twist the first section.
7) Proceed to wrap the twisted section, tuck it in on the left side of the ponytail and pin.
8) Repeat the step with the remaining section.
9) Finish with Tela’s Reduce styling spray for a smooth and polished look.
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Whip that bun into shape with the Sultra ‘Uptown Chic’ Bun Shaper. Get your updo on in no time, and create a look that’s sleek and smooth or loose and tousled—no sacrificial socks required.
How to use:
1. Pull hair into a ponytail, and thread the ponytail through the middle of the bun shaper.
2. Lay hair over bun shaper.
3. Wind ends of hair around shaper, tucking under as you go, securing with pins.
Watch as Sultra Artistic Director, Omar Lopez shows how this secure, so-easy bun is done.
Get Octavia Spencer’s sleek and chic top knot from the 2013 Oscars with tips from her hair stylist, Jill Crosby and T3.
“Octavia is wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress with beautiful tulle, which (to me) resembled a ballerina. I wanted her look to be youthful and soft to complement the dress. I added the bangs to soften the look, along with a ventilated hairpiece that was color-blended to match her hair.”
“Octavia was freaking out; she loved it!” —Jill Crosby
Extend: Add a full, pre-curled hair extension piece to the ponytail. To prepare extensions, take large sections of hair and wrap them around the barrel of the curling iron in a corkscrew style to create big, loose waves.
Finish: Once the hairpiece is pinned in, work the ponytail into a wavy chignon—use a 2.5-inch straight pin to pin it back. Don’t be too gentle when making the chignon. Don’t try to make it too perfect, or it’ll go ‘prom-ish.’ Let there be some natural texture to it.
Our top three favorites from today were each unique in their own way. At the Kimberly Ovitz show, Aveda created an avant-garde rendition of the 1920s finger-wave. We loved watching the stylist, Antoinette Beenders, make this artistic look happen by wrapping hair in thin, black string–a technique she referred to as “corseting the hair.” It was like the hair had a protective armor.
Later at Tadashi Shoji, we were enamored by a textured roll that was twisted and overlapped around the back of the head in intertwined pieces. Inspiration was taken from girls running through a forest. The strong shape of the style–paired with the matte texture of the hair–created a look that was all at once wearable and unique.
Last, we lusted over the sleek, polished ponytail at Sachin & Babi. The pony sat high on the head and swung down the models’ backs when they turned their heads. Time to grow your pony out, ladies.
Common theme? None! We loved the diversity of the different looks, and we wanted to borrow all the hair styling products we saw to try out each one!
Dazzle on your next date night with an effortless hairstyle. Sleek, slicked-back dos are a must for any occasion, as the look can easily be dressed up or down with hair accessories. Find out how to create the perfectly polished ponytail in five easy steps.