Hair Band-Aid

'Man of Steel' European Premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals.A black head band, whether elastic, satin or leather can be the perfect finishing touch to a simple hairstyle that needs a little somethn’ somethin’. Case in point, Amy Adams’ gorgeous shiny chignon. The elastic band takes it from ordinary to striking — and gives it a touch of fun. It’s adorable to pop on to a ponytail or updo, but it’s just as gorgeous with loose locks or in a braid.

valentino-head-band-braid-fall-2103The ultra-shiny side braid from Valentino’s Fall 2013 fashion show is another amazing go-to style. When hairstylist Guido, Redken creative consultant, wove the simple plaits adorned with a leather band, he was aiming for a luxe style that’s wearable. To get the look yourself, blow-dry hair smooth using a blow-dry lotion like Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion, $18, then create a center part and comb hair to one side. Tuck that side behind your ear and braid (not too tightly), then smooth on a few drops of shine serum like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40. Finally, add a leather headband to recreate the runway look, then mist on a finishing spray like Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, $16.

If you’re like me and your hairbands slip off the back of your head, try one with a silicone strip on the back, like Scünci No Slip Grip Head Wraps, $4.

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NYFW Fall 2013 Hair Recap: It’s All About The Low Ponytail

victoria-beckham-nyfw-fall-2013Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.

Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.

Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.

Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.

Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.

Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:

jenny-packham-nyfw-fall-2013Low and loose at Jenny Packham

alexander-wang-nyfw-fall-2013Colorful and slick at Alexander Wang

diesel-black-nyfw-fall-2013Wet and textured at Diesel Black Gold

trina-turk-nyfw-fall-2013Clean and fresh at Trina Turk

rachel-zoe-nyfw-fall-2013Relaxed at Rachel Zoe

Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?

Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken,  TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD

NYFW Fall 2013 Hair Recap: It's All About The Low Ponytail

victoria-beckham-nyfw-fall-2013Every season we see a ton of different, fabulous looks, yet there are always a few trends we see across the board. One of the biggest hair stories for Fall 2013 was the low ponytail. Ah, I love it. It’s so refreshing to see a glam way to wear the hair staple. For the Victoria Beckham show (above), Redken creative consultant Guido created this simple, yet elegant pony based on shine, shine and more shine. “This style is meant to look very easy, almost accidental, but note the emphasis is on the texture — I wanted it to look really drenched in shine, not quite totally wet, but almost,” explained Guido. Here are the steps to get the look.

Step 1: Blow dry hair with your fingers, not a brush, dragging fingers through as you dry so that the end result is straight but not perfect and retains a natural texture.

Step 2: Once dry, apply a shine serum (Guido used Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, $40 – Launches in May) from lengths to ends.

Step 3: For an extra glossy finish, next apply a shine spray (he used Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist, $18) all over.

Step 4: Gather hair into a loose low pony with a messy, undefined side part. Pull out some pieces around the face and leave one ear exposed.

Here are a few other fab low ponytails we saw this week:

jenny-packham-nyfw-fall-2013Low and loose at Jenny Packham

alexander-wang-nyfw-fall-2013Colorful and slick at Alexander Wang

diesel-black-nyfw-fall-2013Wet and textured at Diesel Black Gold

trina-turk-nyfw-fall-2013Clean and fresh at Trina Turk

rachel-zoe-nyfw-fall-2013Relaxed at Rachel Zoe

Do you prefer a low or high ponytail?

Images courtesy of: Redken, Cutler/Redken,  TRESemmé; bottom image via: WWD

Their Crowning Glory: The Hair Look At Balanciaga

I’ve been closely following the Spring 2013 fashion shows in Paris, and I was totally captivated with the gorgeous hair — and really the hair accessories — at Balanciaga. Guido, Creative Consultant for Redken, created the slightly edgy style topped with a gorgeous piece of headband-like jewelry placed around the back of the head. Trés chic. And not too coiffed so that it looks princess-y. “The hair at Balenciaga is very natural, yet it’s smooth, not frizzy,” said Guido. “I wanted it to feel very modern and rich so we did a sort of rough, easy texture on the hair that offsets their beauty to a certain extent — they wouldn’t go with super luxe hair.” We went straight to Guido to get the scoop on how we can get this look at home. Here’s the story:

Step 1: Apply a hair cream (Guido used Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, $18) to damp hair and roughly blow dry to create a smooth but very natural looking finish.

Step 2: Create a messy center part and add a dry shampoo (he used Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo, $18) all over hair for increased “natural” texture and a little grip.

Step 3: Take two side sections from the very front, pull them back to just below the crown and secure with two bobby pins crisscrossed in the back.

Step 4: Finish with a finishing spray (he used Redken Pure Force 16 Non-Aerosol Fixing Spray, $16) just on the top to hold. If you can find a cool headband or piece of jewelry, pin into place around the crown of the head.

Would you wear a headband like a crown?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner