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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How-To Hair: The Wrap and Roll

Create this casual-chic updo in six steps from the experts at SARAHPOTEMPA—as seen on the spring 2014 Fashion Week runway at Badgley Mischka.

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Toss that “dog days” misnomer into the pool: these easy, breezy hairdos offer maximum style with minimum prep (because who wants to spend even more time with heat?)—to make it a summer of loveliness.

The Beachy Bob: Summer-ize your shoulder-length tresses with soft waves.

1. For the texture that’s key to this look, use soft pomade warmed in your fingers and rake it through your hair before blow-drying. We like: blowpro mane tame soft pomade
2. Starting 2 inches from your part, use a curling rod to create soft, loose curls. Alternate directions for the most natural look; run your fingers through the curls to make some waves. We like: Sultra The Bombshell Oval Rod Curling Iron
3. Use a humidity-blocking hairspray to keep your waves wilt- and frizz-free. We like: Living Proof Hold Humidity-Blocking Flexible Hairspray

A Breezy Bun: The ubiquitous up-do goes low and loose.

1. Use an ultra-fast blow dryer, focusing on your roots to pump up the volume. We like: T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer
2. Spritz dry hair with texturizing spray to add dimension and shape. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck, then twist, coil and secure with hairpins. We like: OSCAR BLANDI Pronto Texture & Volume Spray
3. Use a flexible-hold hairspray to hold the look and keep wisps at bay. We like: ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray

Halo Braiding: A carefree, boho look for long hair.

1. Work in relaxing balm before drying for smoother, straighter hair. We like: PHYTO Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair-Relaxing Balm
2. Backcomb your dry hair to create a slight pouf. Start braids above each ear; tuck them under each other and secure with pins or join them in back with a ponytail holder. Flat-iron the hair below to smooth extra curls and frizz. We like: KeratinPerfect PerfectLight Infrared Smoothing Iron
3. Use a medium-hold, shiny hairspray for a healthy look that stays in place. We like: B. the Product Spray

Check out more summer dos and how-tos in our monthly Beauty on the Spot site experience.


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.

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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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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!