Backstage hair care tips & styles!

Renee Minus White | 7/11/2019, 1:27 p.m.
For fall/winter ’19, hair finishes varied from slick/sleek, frizzed, polished, braids, natural textures, colors, and all lengths and cuts. Overall, ...
Designs by Prabal Gurung for SS 19

For fall/winter ’19, hair finishes varied from slick/sleek, frizzed, polished, braids, natural textures, colors, and all lengths and cuts. Overall, hair on the NYFW runways was glorious! ECRU New York was the exclusive backstage hair and beauty sponsor for the Flying Solo FW ’19 runway show. This collective showed over 70 designers for five NYFW seasons. The looks were inspired by retro 1950s VOGUE editorials. High, sleek buns on top of the head and twisted buns pulled back to the nape of the neck ruled.

For most designers, hairstyles were effortless! In some shows, the more natural-looking the hair was, the better. At Prabal Gurung’s SS ’19 show hairstyles were mixed, from Nepal’s cultural looks to street styles. Gurung’s lead stylist Anthony Turner enjoyed working with hair that was natural, messy, yet chic. The pulled back hairstyle was popular. To get the look, Anthony started with Wella Professionals EIMI Extra Volume Mousse at the roots of the hair and then used fingers to pull the product through the remainder of the hair. Then, hair was rough blow-dried with Hot Tools Black Gold Iconic Dryer. While drying hair, twist hair to create waves.

Next, spray Wella Professionals EIMI Ocean Spritz throughout the hair until damp to create a matte texture. Blowdry again using Hot Tools Black Gold Iconic Dryer.

Once the hair is dry, use a Hot Tools Curling Iron to curl a few sections of your hair and backcomb the remaining sections of hair to build volume and rough texture. When it’s dry, spray Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift to add shine and build texture. Gather and pull hair into a pony at the low back of the head and secure with an elastic.

To create volume and rough texture on top of your head, begin by pulling loose small sections of hair at the hairline. Next, split the ponytail in half. Take the top half, twist hair into a figure 8, and pin the hair at the top and side. To tame any unruly pieces, use Hot Tools XL Flat Iron. You can then twist the remaining half of the pony into a chignon. Leave 1-2 inches of the ends sticking out. For a messy, undone look, pull out pieces of hair. Use Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential hairspray and set the top of the head and hair twist. To finish the look, spray both Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift and Ocean Spritz to have a shiny and matte texture.

Some of the shows displayed fashionable looks from the disco fever era. Setting sprays and Sunlight Finishing Spray were used for up-dos. For designer Christian Cowan’s show, the finishing touches were flesh-toned tulle that was precisely drape d over the face and hair. “This collection was really inspired by the age of social media and the culture of excess and showing off-meets modern woman,” said Cowan.

To show off the hairstyles of the Disco Fever era, Bumble and Bumble Global Fashion director and hair lead Laurent Philippon sectioned the hair, then wet each section with Bb Does It All, a light hair spray. He looped each section into a figure 8 pattern around large hairpins. Then, he heated each pin section with a flat iron for 10 minutes and allowed sections to cool. His next step was to undo the pin sets and use a fine tooth comb to run through each section. Some more Bb Does It All is sprayed over the top of the model’s head before adding a bright Sarah Sokol Millinery cap. The look is “Something womanly and sophisticated, grown up, but with a little humor,” stated stylist Jimmy Paul.