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…
After parting hair to your preferred side, grab a one-inch section of hair on the right side, and divide it into three equal parts. Start braiding, incorporating more hair until you reach the ends; secure with a small elastic. (If your braiding skills are more advanced, you can show off with a fishtail rather than a typical three-strand braid.) Don’t know how to fishtail? “Using smaller sections of hair will give you a tighter, more fishtail-esque look,” explains Stephen. Once you’ve nailed this, repeat the process on the other side of your head.
“Next, spray TRESemmé Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($5) around the crown of the head to absorb excess oil,” notes Stephen. Most people wouldn’t think to do it (unless you’re on third-day hair), but Walters agrees: “Less oil means it’s less slippery—and less likely to fall out.”
Now you’re ready to curl the body of your hair for romantic, tousled waves. Start with a 1.5-inch iron to get this shape. “I like to wrap the hair around the [iron] for five seconds and then drop it to [release] the ends. Wrap the hair up a second time and hold for another five seconds before releasing them again,” says Stephen. “I love how it gives the hair more movement,” adds Walters. Another way to make the waves more natural-looking is to pull on them before they cool.
Now you can take the ends of your two braids and pin them together in the center. Crisscross a couple of bobby pins to ensure they’ll stay put.
If you’re planning to wear this style from day to night, you want to give it extra hold. And for this, Stephen turns to TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Level 4 Hair Spray ($5). “Aside from the bottle being sexy, it’s easy to grip! As a hairstylist, my body is the tool; I’m squeezing flat irons, holding blow-dryers, and spraying cans, and it can take a toll on my body. This bottle is slim, it sprays easily, and the formula is light,” she explains. “You can definitely spray it more than once without it being too much,” adds Walters.
Want more hair advice? Stay tuned as more TRESemmé stylists offer up their tips and tricks for Carly to master on The Road to #TRESNYFW.
GET THE LOOK:
Photographer: James Houston
Makeup: Gloria Noto
Stylist: Christian Stroble
Prop Stylist: Carl Dove
Model: Erin Fitzpatrick