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Put your hair at the height of fashion
by Amanda Jayne Lee

This season, it’s all about the 'do' hairstyles that have a strong presence and that push the boundaries.

Go for a change and brighten your look with fresh haircut.  Here are some runway hairstyles you can adapt for everyday wear by toning them down a bit. If a look has extreme shine, use a little less shine product. If it has exaggerated volume, lessen the height.  We show you how.

Classic ’dos, including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway.

The good news is they have been thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

• It's all about height, height, height. Dress up the classic French twist with height and texture as seen at Louis Vuitton.

Apply a thickening lotion to hair, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Get generous with a strong finishing spray for a lacquered finish, as this very defined look requires strong holding power.

• Chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Cop the shiny look from Miu Miu with a shine and instant finishing spray.

It's all about exaggerated fullness, and fortunately, adapting these looks for everyday wear is sby simply turning down the volume.

• Achieve the extreme height seen at Pollini with a hair spray that lifts your roots. Mist on damp hair, blow-dry upward using a paddle brush, backcomb and pin into a twist.

• Full-volume updos need a strong foundation. The look created for Jean-Paul Gaultier was achieved by dividing hair into two sections, top and bottom, to maximize lift.

• Want a less extreme take on this season’s high-volume looks? Mist a spray-gel on damp hair, then air-dry or rough dry for tousled, full-bodied layers.


Think of it as dual-personality hair: Classically feminine styles toughened up with a slick finish, or a mixture of sleek and soft textures on the same head of hair.

• Seen at Versace, the cheeky combination of sleek up front and wild in the back was another nod to the ‘80s.

Slick on gel from roots to above the nape of the neck, curl and backcomb the remaining hair to add fullness, then mist on a finishing spray.

• Meanwhile, jet-black feathers gave a tough edge to the slick ponytail seen at Lanvin.
Apply a straightening product that is appropriate for your hair type, blow-dry smooth and pull into a low ponytail.

• Create a high-shine knot that’s decidedly un-demure, like the one seen at Roberto Cavalli.
Apply a smoothing serum, twist hair into a sleek knot at the nape of the neck, and layer on a shine spray for extreme gloss.

Whether hair’s natural texture was enhanced or extreme texture was created with the help of products and tools, this season’s looks featured unique finishes.

• The dishevelled cloud of hair seen at Prada was created by “rick-racking” the hair: Wind sections of hair into figure-8 shapes around a hairpin, mist on a heat-active texturizer for heat protection and added texture, then lightly press with a flat-iron.

Unwind and brush hair out for fluffy, airy finish.

• Try a textured knot, like the one created at Calvin Klein.

Apply a blow-dry gel, blow-dry hair straight, then create a ponytail. Backbrush the tail to add texture and pin into a knot, leaving some strands loose. Add a black headband to emphasize the minimalist effect.

• Loose, textured waves like the ones seen at Chloé are flattering and easy to create.

Apply volumizing mousse to damp hair, rough dry and curl section by section.

Gently brush through and blast roots with your blow dryer for added volume and texture.

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