A new twist on the ponytail fuses two of the hottest hair trends for fall: braids and a chignon.
Toronto stylist Paul Pereira and his team created the look for Canadian designer Lucian Matis's runway show for fall, using styling products from Schwarzkopf. The style also features a centre part, another of this season's top hair trends.
Here's how: 1. Create a centre part at the front of the head. Once you reach the crown, section the hair into a triangle formation all along the back.
2. Apply a pomade like Osis AquaSlide to the triangle sectioned hair to add shine and sleekness and begin making the first braid, then the second and finally the third.
3. Apply a mattifying powder like Osis Dust It to the front section of the hair to give it some volume and lift. A slicked down centre part can be very severe and not wearable by most.
4. Apply a flexible hold spray like Osis Elastic to the mid to ends of the hair and brush out so that hair is workable to create a loose ponytail or chignon.
5. Finish the style with a longlasting hairspray like Osis Session to keep everything in place.
The hairstyle can be easily varied to take it from the runway to everyday, says Pereira. Crimp the triangle section at the back or curl it to give it texture, he suggests. Make one braid instead of three or move the braid to the side of the head instead of the back. "What's important is to have this hairstyle stand out from the average chignon or low ponytail."