There is one ’do that took the fashion set by storm this week, and it’s decidedly… easy. The fussy hairstyles of seasons past are gone, replaced by the easy knots and windswept buns that showed up at Marchesa, Derek Lam, Nicholas K, and Jonathan Simkhai. Thomas Osborn, Catwalk by Tigi’s lead hairstylist backstage at Jonathan Simkhai, explains: “This look was inspired by the idea of a natural, windswept feel. We wanted to keep the front of the hair soft, with some frozen pieces, and have a Nordic knot down the back. The look is strong yet not fussy.”
The beauty climate has certainly taken a turn. Rather than pinning, ironing, and painstakingly combing, this season is all about ease. It’s a style we’re all familiar with (hello, messy bun!) but updated with an edge. Frizz is cool, body is great, and lots of texture is what it’s all about. In fact, you can re-create the perfectly messy knot with just your finger tips and a few inexpensive products.
Start by prepping dry hair with a texture spray that will give you hair some hold. That way, it won’t fall out as you go about your day. Osborn recommends Catwalk by Tigi’s Bodifying Spray ($11). Run your fingers through the hair as you blow-dry in a backward and upward motion. (You might look a little nuts for a minute, but hold tight.) Afterward, rake your hair backward and create a knot at the nape of your neck. Secure it with an elastic and tie up a second knot just below the first.
The key to each look is the ends of your hair. Allow them to stick out a bit rather than neatly tucking them in. “Tucked but untucked” is what they called it at Derek Lam. It’s that effortlessness and attitude that makes it work. So go ahead, werk.
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