Chanel Hairstylists Used an Actual Vacuum to Style Models' Hair for the Runway

Updated 10/04/17
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Chanel is one of the (if not the) most anticipated shows of Paris Fashion Week. Today, the brand's spring 2018 collection debuted on the runway at the Grand Palais, with models donning bright cherry lips, a wet-looking hairstyle gathered into a low pony, and blue shadow blended out into a feline shape. (Clearly, subtlety wasn't what the brand was going for, but as always, Chanel kept it chic.)

We love the bold '80s makeup look, but surprisingly, the hair was the most unorthodox aspect of the entire beauty look, thanks to the way the look was created. Celeb hairstylist Sam McKnight posted a video on his official Instagram account to reveal that he styled each girl's hair with a vacuum. No, we're not kidding. He used an actual vacuum in lieu of other more traditional styling tools. Keep scrolling to see his strange yet totally genius hair hack for yourself.

First, it's important to note that Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's famed creative director, opted to outfit each model's hair with a long, clear plastic tube. This somewhat strange hair accessory fit the aesthetic of the rest of the collection, which featured plastic bucket hats and tote bags as well as shiny raincoats and swampers.

As you can imagine, feeding a ponytail through a clear tube is hard to do at all, let alone in the perfect, slick way that the runway called for—which is where the vacuum comes in. McKnight placed the clear plastic tube in the mouth of a vacuum hose before sucking up each model's ponytail. Then, after pulling the vacuum hose away, McKnight perfectly threaded the ponytail through the tube, at which point he tied them off and perfected the rest of the style.

This is the video that McKnight shared of model Binx Walton getting her hair styled before the show. As you can see, the hardest part of the entire process wasn't fitting the tube to each model's hair; it was actually just cleaning off any stray smudges or fingerprints left behind from the vacuum application.

We have yet to see if plastic hair accessories will start trending (it is Chanel, so you never know). For now, though, we'll stick to more traditional hair accessories like the Sephora Collection Beaded Hair Ties ($5) or the Cara Velvet Bow Hair Band ($14).

Next, see the trick that Lupita Nyong'o's hairstylist taught one editor for volumizing her thin and curly hair.

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