A Guide to Recreating the Hair Trends From New York Fashion Week

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After a multitude of seasons where hair was shiny, but just “there,” this New York Fashion Week showcased hair that was braided, curled, ponytailed and updo’d. Styling your hair is back! Why the change? To find out, I spoke with Mirza Batanovic, the lead hairstylist for Eufora. He and his team created the hairstyles for the Kate Ermilio fall fashion show that was held at the Bowery Hotel. 

When asked what the big trend was for the coming season, Mirza replied, “Some of the things that we really like as hairdressers are coming back, which is “shape and shine.” Lately…the last few years, we’ve been seeing “bed head,” undone, with a sort of matte finish, barely there kind of styled hair. Now, we’re getting back to actually beautifully styled hair. Really brushed hair, really shaped hair, either by using a curling iron or a flat iron, creating nice waves – that romantic look is back. And a lot of updos are coming in."

"The red carpets (this season) have been showing off a ton of updos. I call this, “dressed hair.” Women are starting to pay attention to the health and condition of their hair, which automatically translates into treating it better for shine and condition. So shaping (and styling the hair) really helps. We’re talking classic Rita Hayworth waves…There’s so many quick tips on how to do that quickly. A lot of stuff (hairstyling) is coming back, I think it’s in part to all these how to videos that are out there showing women that you can “do” your hair at home and look beautiful.”

Mirza went on to say, “Natural hair is a big thing – it’s coming back. Flat ironing—making it pin straight is kinda not as cool as it used to be because it doesn’t always look great on everyone. Natural texture looks great on the woman who’s wearing it, and curly hair looks great on women with straight hair.”

Another big trend on the runways was the return of the center part. The center part was part and parcel of many, many hairstyles. Hot trends to try are structured, yet romantic hair, updos, buns and controlled waves. Read on for how-to's on these styles and gorgeous photos. 

Romantic Structure

So, it’s time to flex your styling muscles and try out these looks. Romantic yet structured hairstyles were shown at the Kate Ermilio, Leanne Marshall, Kate Spade New York, and Milly shows. As you can see from the photo at the Kate Spade New York Show, natural hair was highlighted. At the Leanne Marshall show, stylists first created a middle part, then created a braid using a small section of the hair, which in turn was used to wrap around a low ponytail. 


A photo posted by kate spade new york (@katespadeny) on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:26am PST

Sleek Ponytail

Hairstylist, Recine, from Beauty.com worked with Kate Spade New Yorkto create styles for the show. Here’s how to re-create the sophisticated ponytail:

  1. Prep the hair with mousse: Recine used Phyto Volume Intense Mousse.
  2. Work PhytoSpecific Thermoperfect 8 and PhytoSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist (coming soon to Beauty.com) into the hair for added texture.
  3. Using The Beachwaver Co. Pro Dry (coming soon to Beauty.com), dry the hair leaving it loose and undone.
  4. Lightly gather the hair in a low pony tail at the nape of the neck, loosely tied with a soft elastic.
  5. Secure the ponytail with a velvet ribbon.
  6. Finish the look with hairspray, Recine used Phyto Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray.
Romantic Date Night Look

Here's how to recreate the look that Mirza Batanovic  for Eufora  made for the Kate Ermilio show:

  1. Comb your hair and part it in the middle; they left the hair to cover the ears like a half ear cover, but that doesn’t have to be done.
  2. If you have natural hair, iron a one-inch top layer on either side of the middle part.
  3. Hold the hair tightly against the nap with either a ribbon, or use a whipstitch and lightly sew hair into place. (Note: The hairstylists actually sewed the hair to the nape of the neck in three sections, then sewed the ribbon on top of the hair for the fashion show).
  4. Use a one-inch curling iron to create waves. Take the curling iron and wrap hair around it, leaving out the ends.
  5. If you have natural hair, leave it alone, and let the natural curl just be. 
Wearing it Up

Updos and buns were seen at Carmen Marc Valvo, Zang Toi, Pamella Roland, and Marissa Webb shows.

Low Loop Bun


A photo posted by TRESemmé (@tresemme) on Feb 11, 2016 at 8:25pm PST

Created by Tresemme stylist Jeanie Syfu for Marissa Webb.

How to recreate her low loop bun:

  1. Prep damp hair with Tresemme Extra Firm Control Mousse, and then use a comb to create a deep side part.
  2. Blow dry in the direction of the part with a flat brush, guiding hair towards the nape of the neck for a polished look.
  3. Gather hair into a low ponytail using a comb and fasten with an elastic band.
  4. Flip the ponytail up, and then down to create two loops. Fasten with another elastic around the center of the folds and secure, forming a double-looped bun. Make sure to leave the ends out for added edge.
  5. Apply Tresemme Extra Firm Control Gel along the part and hairline using a hair color application brush for a sleek, refined finish.
  6. Set the look with Tresemme Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray.
Sexy Updo

Here's how to recreate the sexy updo that Ted Gibson (SWOON!) created for the Carmen Marc Valvo fashion show:

  1. First, spray L'Oréal Professionnel Densitè from roots to ends for some texture.
  2. Then, blow dry hair smooth with no part, all blown back and away from the face.
  3. Next, using a 1 1/2 inch large iron, take horizontal sections and curl all the hair away from the face.
  4. Once all the hair has been curled, section out the hair into three parts. 
  5. First, section from the recessions of the head to the crown in a slightly triangular section, and neatly clip away to revisit. Then, take a horizontal section below the occipital bone, and neatly clip away to revisit.
  6. Then, working with the remaining middle section, back comb the hair using vertical sections, about an inch of back comb at the scalp and all around the head. Lightly spray with L'Oréal Professionnel Extreme Lacquer hairspray.
  7. Starting with the right side, gently comb, smoothing hair back towards the center to begin a French twist. Pin upward to the center back of the head, then pin downward at top to secure.
  8. Next, let down the section below the occipital. Bring head all the way back to ensure tightness. Gathering the remaining hair, twist the hair upright and anchor along the line of the previously pinned bobby pins.
  9. Smooth any lines, and spray with L'Oréal Professionnel Extreme Lacquer hairspray. 
  10. Smooth back left side (same as right), twist upward and inward creating the last portion of the French twist securing with hairpins.  
  11. Take down the remaining triangle section at the top of the head. Back comb using horizontal sections for height and some texture. All the hair should be going away from the face.
  12. Gently tousle the top of the hair for texture.
  13. Twist end of hair down towards the right, tucking into the top of the French twist. Give it a little more texture on the top for a modern finish. Then add the headband. 
Hello Waves & Natural Curls

Loose waves were seen at the BCBG Max Azria show, romantic controlled waves spotlighted Sherri Hill’s looks (Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach walked the show), Altuzarra, and Malan Breton.


A photo posted by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@missuniverse) on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:57pm PST

Here's how to recreate Sherri Hill’s romantic waves styled by CHI Global Artist Tammy Mixon:

  1. Begin by separating the hair from the top of the left ear to the top of the right ear.
  2. Starting at the back nape area, take 1 ½” sections and apply a small amount CHI Silk Infusion to the ends.
  3. Mist each section with CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Hair Spray. This flexible hold, fast drying spray with style memory will boost superior all day hold and increase shine.
  4. Twist hair around the DURA CHI 1" Marcel Curling Iron vertically creating waves and hold for a few seconds. This iron ensures an easier feed of hair that helps to avoid fishhooks and creases, creating a beautiful, natural effect and added volume to the curl.
  5. Next, curl the front hair sections going back in the same method as above, twisting vertically around the iron.
  6. On the top of the crown, make a cushion by lightly back combing the root area to create volume.
  7. Run your fingers or use a wide tooth comb to gently loosen the curls into softly textured waves.
  8. To finish, lightly spray the hair with CHI Magnified Volume Finishing Spray for a flexible hold.
Natural Hair

Hairstyles for the Altuzarra fashion show were created by Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris.

Here’s how to recreate the sexy natural curls worn by model Imaan Hammam.

  1. Prep hair with Kérastase Paris Nutritive Bain Satin 1 and Lait Vital.
  2. On damp hair, apply the Kérastase Paris L'Incroyable Blowdry Lotion (May launch) all over hair for heat protection, added moisture and style memory.
  3. Apply Kérastase Paris Curl Fever and roughly blow dry hair with a diffuser.
  4. Touch up curls with a small, 3/8" curling iron. Curl hair in tight ringlets all over, as needed.
  5. Fluff and shake curls (do not brush) at the crown of the head to give a natural, tousled finish.
  6. Spray Kérastase Paris Laque Dentelle all over for a flexible hold.


 PJ Gach
Queen of Style  


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