Noted hairstylist Danilo perfects the chignon ponytail backstage at Desigual’s spring ’14 show. Using T3 tools, learn how to recreate this savvy runway style at home.
Inspiration: Euro chic/lifestyle—casual, undone elegance that looks effortless
Women’s Look: Low ponytail-wrapped chignon
1. To prep hair, apply a detangling conditioning spray.
2. Give hair texture at the crown by raking through a dime-sized amount of texturizing creme and finger-drying with the T3 ‘Featherweight Luxe 2i’ Dryer.
Expert tip: For women with flat hair, use the T3 ‘BodyWaver’ Styling Iron to create natural-looking curves.
3. Style hair by creating a classic center part and pulling hair into a low ponytail with an elastic hair tie.
4. Fold the ponytail under and half-wrap the end of the ponytail around the base, securing the ends with crisscrossed bobby pins.
5. Finish the look by wrapping remaining hair/ends around the elastic hair tie. Pull out a few pieces of hair in the front to enhance the casual glamour.
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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
Jill’s steps to achieve this look:
Smooth: Start by smoothing the hair with the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer and AntriGravity Barrel Brush, then set the hair in T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers.
Curl: Once the hair is smoothed, put it up into a high ponytail and curl it with T3 SinglePass Twirl Curling Iron.
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.
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