Last night in looking over my photo shoot schedule for the next week I realized that I have several extra early call times in a row. Three days at four a.m. and three other days before six a.m. I can honestly say that getting up super early for a day or two here or there is no problem at all, but when it’s back to back earliness I am always looking for ways to cut the primping routine while still looking decent enough not to frighten the photo crew.
The biggest problem… is my hair, I never get very creative with it and I hate spending much time on it. If you too find yourself craving some easy ways to wear your mane that won’t keep you chained to the vanity mirror I spied these great DIY styles from Refinery 29 (snatched from the fall catwalks) that look fresh and fun right now.
At the Alicia and Olivia fall 2011 show Sebastian stylist Thomas Dunkin did one of my favorite go to looks for clients with long-ish hair. It’s an imperfect chignon with a little twist added to each side of the part for a more chic edge.
To get the look: “Start by applying a volumizing spray to damp hair and then blow-dry, creating texture with fingers. Next, spray hair with with a shine product, then create a center part. Starting at the front, twist small section of the hair on the sides (temporarily pin each side) and pull the hair back into a loose bun or chignon. Spray with hairspray to hold.”
Dunkin Recommends Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray, $19.95 Sebastian Shine Define, $15.95 L’Oreal Paris Ellnett Hairspray, $14.99, available at Ulta. Images courtesy of Sebastian Professional.
At Preen’s fall show Luke Hersheson went with a rather masculine vibe by slicking the hair into a rockabilly knotted ponytail. The bad news… it’s probably not an office friendly look, but the good news can be adapted to wear everyday by cutting down the amount of product used.
Start with damp hair and add an anti-frizz product, then work through a smoothing serum and comb until distributed evenly. To make the hair look less textured, simply dry hair a tad with a blow dry but still leave hair with a bit of moisture instead of drying it completely.
“Next, create a deep side part and twist the front portion into a quiff at the forehead. Then, pull the hair back into a ponytail at ear level. Divide the ponytail into two sections and add Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist (for hold and shine). Twist each section tightly and tie the two pieces together into a knot. Pin at the base to hold and leave the pieces hanging into a ponytail.”
Redken Outshine 01Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $16, Kevin.Murphy Body.Builder Volumizing Mousse, $21.29, Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil, $60, Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $17, available in April. Images by Dan McMahon.
At Narciso Rodriguez Eugene Souleiman created a similar version to the Preen look that was messy and full with more “knot” and Less “pony”.
To achieve the look “start with Well Ocean Spritz on dry hair, then created extra texture with a hairdryer directed at the roots. To get the look, just pull hair into a tight ponytail, spray the ponytail with more Ocean Spritz, and twist hair into a knot, leaving the end of the ponytail sticking out. Secure knot with bobby pins.”
A Beautiful Life Pregame Texturizing Spray, $22, Goody Bobby Pins, $3.29,