Backstage at Fashion Week, the hottest names in hair work their magic on models' frazzled manes, creating cool coiffs in a matter of minutes. We got the scoop from these hairstyle magicians on how they create those gorgeous looks in a flash. Read on to discover their best tips, tricks and shortcuts to amazing hair.
Super-straight hair is a runway staple. To get the sleekest mane possible, celebrity stylist Ted Gibson says to be sure to start with completely dry hair. "It's really important when you're flat-ironing your hair to make sure your hair is dry. This lessens the amount of dehydration, minimizing breakage and damage."
To score the "I just woke up with this beautifully soft, touchable hair" look, Redken lead stylist John Ruidant says it's all about the finger-comb. Blowdry sections of hair using a dab of texturizer and your fingers. "The key is not using a brush," he says. "You want to keep that natural pieciness."
According to stylist Bok-Hee, an asymmetric hairstyle is complimentary to all face shapes because "everyone's face is a little bit asymmetric, so an asymmetrical hairstyle helps camouflage any flaws." Time to break out that side-part!
Updos, while pretty, are notoriously difficult to keep in place. Bumble and bumble stylist Amy Farid has the solution: "Spray hair with texturizing spray first. This will give hair great grip for bobby pins, which is what you need when creating an updo."
If you are plagued by little bits of frizzy hair along your hairline, do like celebrity stylist Orlando Pita and mist a toothbrush with hairspray and use it to sweep those pesky hairs into place. This will make them behave even in the most humid environments.
You don't need to be born with wavy hair to get these pretty, delicate waves-- it's easy to fake it! Aveda lead stylist Antionette Beenders created what she called the "braid set" on models' hair. First she loosely braided hair into two to three equal braids, then used a flat iron to gently press the braids section by section. Finally she undid the braids, finger-combed hair and spritzed hairspray.
Ditch the ho-hum ponytail and try this classy version instead. To get the look, stylist Kevin Ryan suggests smoothing hair out with a flat iron, then take an elastic and secure hair into a low ponytail. Using a small brush, separate out a small section of hair, wrapping it around the base of the ponytail to obscure the elastic. Use two small bobby pins on the underside of the wrapped hair to secure it.
If your mane is looking more greasy than gorgeous and you've got no time to shower, you need a quick fix. "If you need to freshen up your hair, get out your compact of translucent powder and apply it to your roots," says celebrity stylist Danilo. The powder sucks up the grease and has a mattifying effect, so locks instantly look clean and sexy.
The secret to starlet-worthy waves? A brush! To get this soft, retro style, Bumble and bumble lead stylist Rolando Beauchamp says to use a round brush to blow dry hair, then wrap strands around a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, leaving the ends out to create a light curl. Brush curls out with a paddle brush to get rid of that "done" look, then twist hair into a loose, low bun. Do your makeup, get dressed, then undo the bun to reveal gorgeous waves.
Want to get cool, bedhead texture but don't want to glop on tons of sticky products? Redken lead stylist Peter Gray says to rub conditioner into dry hair. Pinch and rub the strands together to create hair that "looks rough and matted, but is actually soft."