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We Tried This Day-to-Night Hairstyle and Got So Many Compliments

Over the last few months, we’ve had our eyes trained on a rising star in the hair industry—Los Angeles–based hairstylist Carly Walters. We’re banking on Walters becoming the next big name in hair, and to accelerate her rise to the top, we partnered with TRESemmé to send her to work her first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week. To arm her with everything she needs to know on The Road to #TRESNYFW, we introduced Walters to four TRESemmé stylists who will mentor her, collaborate with her on a hairstyle (that you voted for on Instagram), and share tricks of the trade for getting through such a high-pressure, high-energy work environment. Be sure to check back for regular updates on Carly’s journey, and enjoy the ride!

It’s 6 p.m., you’re meeting friends across town in less than 30 minutes, and you’re beyond exhausted. You want to look as if you effortlessly strolled out of the office, but in reality, you have a just few minutes to spruce up beneath the harsh, unforgiving lights of the office bathroom. “Who actually has time to switch up their hairstyle on a weekday?” you ask yourself.

After polling our IG followers, we found that nobody does, which is why we tasked TRESemmé stylist Ursula Stephen with creating a look that can take you from day to night. The secret is opting for a style that’s easy yet on trend, like this half-up, half-down crown braid, that can be done (and worn) in the morning, and carry you through the evening. “I know how to personalize hairstyles and tailor them to fit a client’s face,” Stephen explains. “So many trends come out, but that doesn’t mean they’ll work on everyone.”

It’s something she hopes Walters will think about as she finishes her journey to NYFW, and she’s letting you in on the secret now. Let’s get started…

Photographer: James Houston

Hair: Ursula Stephen and Carly Walters

Makeup: Gloria Noto

Stylist: Christian Stroble

Prop Stylist: Carl Dove

Model: Erin Fitzpatrick