It's a Fashion Week walk off! Move aside Derek Zoolander, we know the drill. London Fashion Week equals edgy updos and super sexy hair styles while New York is the city that put sleek, chic looks and healthy hair on our lust-have list. We go backstage to bring you the two hottest hair styles of the season. Trend-tastic inspiration for model-worthy locks.
New York: Polished Urban Princess at Victoria Beckham SS14
Last season's Sixties-inspired punk princess effect
has evolved into a younger, fresher retro style that showcases healthy hair. This low key up do is a basic high pony, worn at the centre of the back of the head. It blends a boyish sensibility with the femininity of the ballet studio for understated, polished glamour. Here's how:
1. Wash and blow dry hair straight using a straightening serum. Then run through the lengths of the hair with Braun Satin Hair 7 Straightener with SensoCare
, to make wavy or curly hair poker straight. It feels hair and adapts temperature for ultimate heat protection!
2. Using a simply hair tie to secure hair into a high pony at the centre of the back of the head. Don't worry if the hair isn't pulled back too neatly from the head, that's what the hair band is for.
3. Carefully place a wide black head band about an inch back from the hair line and behind the ears for a fresh-faced effect. This style will accentuate your cheekbones too, which is why it was such a favourite of the models backstage in New York.
4. Backstage at Victoria Beckham, super star makeup artist Pat McGrath worked her magic using Max Factor to create this chic, nude effect. Radiant skin, copper tones on the eyes and nude lipstick are easy to wear in real life and suit most skin tones.
London: Animal Magic at Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS14
Pretty, wavy hair
is a year-round favourite but this season it got an injection of high voltage glamour thanks to Mark Hampton and the Toni and Guy team at Vivienne Westwood Red Label. Chaotic, voluminous waves were pinned to the back of the head for a sexy hair style. Here's how:
1. Start with dry hair. This look works best on day-old hair not freshly-washed locks. 'First apply a heat protector mist for healthy hair', says Sascha Breuer. 'Then divide the hair into sections, creating waves with the Braun Satin Hair 7 Colour curler (link to: http://braun.com/global/hair-care/satin-hair-curlers/satin-hair-7-colour-curler.html), if you're not naturally blessed with curly hair. This wonder tool will protect coloured hair and prevent colour fade.
2. Next, simply brush out the waves using a soft bristle brush. Tip head upside down for extra volume or use a volumising spray.
3. 'Pin sections up at random leaving a few strands cascading by the face for a feminine effect,' suggests Sasha. Spritz the entire head with hairspray and you're hot to trot.
4. At Vivienne Westwood the makeup was full-on fashion but if you're planning on wearing this look for a night out, try just playing up your lips with a deep red or plum lipstick for a sultry, femme fatale feel. Va va vamp indeed.
Author: Isabel Dexter