One of the best things I’ve experienced in my first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week so far has been the ability to ask stylists how they actually do the looks we see on the runways. Yesterday, I went backstage at the Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 2014 show to check out how TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu designed the hairstyles that accompanied Tam’s gorgeous clothing.
This season is all about makeup, hair and nail looks that take a backseat to the clothing — styles that are attainable, yet polished. Translation: We can learn to do them on ourselves. Tam’s collection was colorful, beautiful and decorative, but not overstated or obnoxious (something that admittedly turns me off about the actual practicality and wearability of some lines at FW).
So, first of all, let me mention that Jeanie Syfu is basically the nicest and most down-to-earth person I’ve spoken to for 15 minutes (also, she has read TheGloss before, which made my heart get all glow-y). As somebody who has long been a “makeup person” more than a “hair person” — as in, when I straighten my hair, I always burn myself and give up — I had lots of questions. She answered them nicely, simply and friendly-ly (that’s a word now).
While this style is great for the everyday, Syfu noted that this doesn’t mean the look comes maintenance-free; product and styling are still needed in order to achieve it without getting dull, lifeless, flat locks.
To prep the hair, Syfu applied TRESemmé Platinum Strength Heat Spray to protect the models’ damp hair from heat styling’s negative effects. This is important during Fashion Week in particular, as many of these models do several shows per day.
In order to achieve maximum volume and fullness (without looking stiff), she used TRESemmé Thermal Creations Mousse. According to Syfu, mousse is the only product that will give the right texture, volume and life into this look. She then blew hair out using a flat brush.
As hair dried, it was allowed to fall naturally into a less-than-perfect part, then had a flat iron run through ends to straighten out any bumps.
Syfu then pinned the front sections of hair behind models’ ears in order to sculpt it away from the face. She sealed the look with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray to keep it held in place, then unpinned it.
If there is any shine at the root, Syfu says to spray it with TRESemmé Color Care Dry Shampoo. This will get hair into a matte look and texture — perfect for a night out.
P.S. This is Haley Sutton. She is a lovely model and was very sweet backstage. I have a feeling you’ll see her everywhere in the next couple o’ years, as we’ve spotted her all over NYFW.
A look at the hair on the runway itself:
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