i had the pleasure and honor to be able to style the hair for the chanel pre-fall 13 presentation here in new york this past week. i’m here to post a step by step tutuorial on how to achieve the looks we re-created for the presentation. these hairstyles are a little complicated, and will be difficult for you to create at home, so if you have an event you are attending and would love this look, feel free to show to your stylist! for my hairstylist readers, feel free to ask me any questions you may have. i had an assistant take pictures so please excuse the lack of detailed shots. backstage at fashion shows are VERY busy and hectic. also, i’m sure this thing is full of typos - i did it on a red eye from LA to NYC and i am sure i was crossed eyed the whole time.
first off, there were two looks. a messy and etherial braided up-do style, and the other was a combo braid and frizzed out up do style.
what you will need:
water bottle, bangstyle mousse, bangstyle ultra light sea mist, bangstyle wax, clear rubber elastics, pins
look 1 - Messy etherial braided updo
step one: Prep the hair
i first dampend the hair with water to make product distribution a little easier, but i did not saturate. then i used a very liberal amount of mouse, about a grapefruit sized portion, and then spread through out the hair with most of the focus on the roots through the mid shaft of the hair. then with a large toothed comb i distributed the mousse through the hair. once distribution is achieved i sprayed the bangstyle light sea mist all over. like section by section all over. then take a flat brush and and blow dry as normal. if you prefer, to hurry this step you can also rough dry the hair with your hands until the hair is completely dry. remember, the finished outcome will be a messy texture, so often times you can do a rough dry to help this end result.
step two: braids
depending on the density of the hair, there are a few ways you can work out step two. for thicker hair, pick three random sections and clip the hair out of the way. these three sections will eventually have to be braided and depending on your braiding skill level will depend on how you braid this. i did a mixture of box braids, and french braids. for finer hair, i would take more sections. when the hair is thicker the braids will be thicker and cover more area. when the hair is finer you will need more braids to place around the crown of the head and the nape of the neck to fill areas in. ultimately the end goal is to make the style look like a mat of braids.
step three: style
once you have braided the sections, finish the braids off with the clear elastic bands.
then, take the bangstyle wax and add a little to the palm of your hand. not, too much but just enough to make your hands tacky. this will help in the process of roughing up the braids. take each braided section one by one and pull apart to loosen the braid and make them a little frizzy. perfect braids are NOT your friend for this style.
once you have the braids nice and loose and messy, you will need to use your special eye and best judgement on where to place them. there is no wrong way to do this, and the final result will look beautiful no matter what. i placed the braides in crisscross patterns and pinned them into place. my only suggestion is to do your best to hide the rubber bands and pins, seeing this is never nice. it is a similar style to milk-maid braids, but with a little more drama. finish off with a crown, or beautiful hair comb.
look 2 - combo cornrow/updo style
what you will need:
flat brush, blow dryer, flat iron, pins, clips, large french pins, small french pins, comb, bangstyle mousse, bangstyle working hair spray, bangstyle light sea mist.
step one: Prep
mousse from roots to end on damp hair then spray fine sea mist mid shaft to ends blow dry with flat brush.
step two: Section
section the hair into two sections, splitting the hair from the tops of the the left ear and move the section all the way to the top of the right ear moving just above the occipital bone. tie the top section off and clip out of the way. then with the back bottom section, you will need to section this off into four equal, this will be for the corn rows.
step three: Back section
corn row braid the four separate sections starting at the nape of the neck and braid up to the top of the section. i turned the models practically upside down to achieve this.
step four: front section
in the front section, rick rack hair in 5 sections at the top of the head, spray, flat iron including last bits off of braid starting where you secured the braid with a clear rubber band.
step five: style
remove large u pins, brush hair out and tease. then you are going take the back section where the braids are and remove pins brush out and tease as well. now, take the back section with the braids and you are going to fold this in your hands into the shape of a ball and pin. this will serve as “filler” for the front section to give the hair the height needed and that anchor to give the hair lasting power. now that you have done this, you will take the teased front section and fold that over the “ball” shape that you created with the back section. this look looks almost like a french twist/beehive from the front.
step six: finish off with a crown and you are good to go!!!