City Pulse

By Samantha Siegel

I rock a different variation of a ponytail almost everyday, low, high, side, they’re all in rotation, and it seems they’re a favorite of fashion week’s hair stylists too. Keeping it interesting stylists chose to incorporate texture, models sported messier, non-slicked pony’s for Fall 2009.

At Lela Rose stylist Ted Gibson drew inspiration from insects (beetles and grasshoppers to be specific) and brainstormed on how to make a beetle chic. His interruption of a sophisticated insect was messy hair, pulled into a ponytail to make the models look as if they “had been in the rainforest”. Using a healthy amount of Beautiful Hold Hairspray, Gibson secured the ponytails with elastics, and then wrapped hair around them to finish the look. My thoughts on Kafka’s Metamorphosis have completely changed, life as beetle wouldn’t be so awful if it meant hair like that.

Jeremy Laing’s collection comprised of high collars and structured shapes inspired Marco Santini for Davines to keep the hair away from the face. To create a look that was not obviously sexy, Santini wove extensions into the hair and constructed a linear ponytail that is wider than most. Davines Defining Texturizer Spray was used to create the messy feeling, and Davines Wizard No. 4 Glossy Modeling Putty added shine, the final look was “slick but with imperfections” said Santini.

Thomas Dunkin for Sebastian Professional went for 40s casual glamour at Charlotte Ronson. Slick in the front, Dunkin opted for volume in the back. He used Liquid Gloss for shine, a touch of gel to tame pesky flyaway’s as well as keeping models hair in place during multiple changing’s, and Halo Mist as a finishing spray for an overall shine. A perfect look for a busy woman about town who wants to look pulled together, without trying to hard.

Originally published February 2009
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