Backstage Beauty: The NYFW ’17 Hair Edition

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While New York Fashion Week has ended, we’re still dreaming about all the beauty looks. We went backstage at some of this season’s best shows to give you a look at some of the hottest hair looks and get pro tips on how to recreate each style.


Photo Cred: Courtesy of Aveda

On the second day of New York Fashion Week, Aveda master Tippi Shorter slayed the hair game at Hellessy’s Fall/Winter 2017 show at Highline Studios. Natural and minimal was the theme for the beauty looks Friday afternoon which worked perfectly with the simple silhouettes in Hellessy’s collection.

Tippi used Aveda’s Shampure Dry Shampoo as her key player in creating long, flowing ponytails that were gathered at the nape of the neck and were complete with a side part. The dry shampoo helped to absorb excess oils and smooth the hair. The hair guru suggests taking a small piece of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap around the elastic then pin the piece in place to make for a sleeker, more elegant look.


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Pamella Roland’s embellished frocks obviously needed to be paired with the most beauty looks. Marshall Lin lead the Fekkai hair team to create big glamorous waves at the show.

Marshall explained Pamella Roland’s inspiration and color story for her Fall 2017 collection came from Mark Rothko’s signature paintings creating a palette of warm, rich colors, thus, inspiring the luxe, textured waves that he created backstage. To achieve the look Marshall suggests applying Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip throughout hair and comb through. Then, use Fekkais’s Blowout Primer from root to tip and blow-dry smooth. After creating a clean middle part, using a 1″ curling iron, curl each section 2.5″ away from the scalp. For texture and volume spray Fekkai’s Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo then finish with the brand’s Sheer Hold Hairspray for a light hold.


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The menswear-inspired looks that were sent down Tibi’s runway at Skylight Modern were completed with a thicker take on natural textured hair courtesy of Aveda’s Frank Rizzieri.

Through thick and – thicker, Frank embraced natural hair textures for Tibi’s fall 2017 show, making the look work for each and every model – talk about inclusivity. Frank’s go-to products were Aveda’s Thickening Tonic and Damage Remedy Split End Mender. The Thickening tonic created maximum volume for each model and the Split End Mender were applied to each model – no matter their texture – and ends were immediately sealed to create an even fuller, plush look.


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Holli Smith lead the Bumble and bumble team on Saturday at the Creatures of the Wind show to create a look that according to the stylist was “a little ’70’s. The look was wet at the roots and shaft but dry and natural on the ends. The style had an intentional ease that Holli wanted to stay close to the models’ heads as they walked down the runway which was created using Bumble and bumble’s thickening spray.

To recreated the look: liberally spray Thickening Hairspray all over on dry hair, with an emphasis on the part line and less on the ends, so hair stays close to the head. Use hands to slightly break up the hair. For curly textures, stretch out the curls with hands, heating them up with a blow dryer. When the curl is released, it will stay close to the body.


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Allen Ruiz lead the Aveda team and created a mega-volume mane on each model with Aveda’s Pump Phomollient Styling Foam, brushing through with a paddle brush, setting in a low bun and then taking the bun out and creating a tousled, weightless, voluminous look. According to Allen, pumping the styling foam directly on the paddle brush and then combing through is a way to get on every strand evenly and quickly.


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At Tome on Sunday morning at Skylight Clarkson Square, the eye makeup was exaggerated thanks to lead makeup artist Diane Kendal, but the hair was not. In fact, Antoinette Beenders, Aveda’s lead hair stylist for the show worked to recreate each model’s hairstyle that they showed up wearing to casting.

Antoinette used Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil on each model to instantly add moisture and bring hair back to life and then for the sleek ponytails and curly hair, she set the look with Aveda’s Air Control Light Hold Hair Spray.


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On Monday at Proenza Schouler, Holli Smith lead the Bumble and bumble team to create polished looks that considered each model’s individuality. “The girls with curly hair are keeping their texture and those with bobs are keeping their cut. We don’t want to take away from anyone’s individuality. It’s definitely more polished than past seasons – for me, it’s a way to be neat and clean with a graphic form thrown in. It makes a new statement” the stylist noted. To create the look:  On dry hair, create a natural middle part and apply Don’t Blow It. Flat iron hair section-by-section, lightly curving the flat iron towards the body at the ends. Run fingers through hair for a more natural look and apply more Don’t Blow It to ends. Spray Thickening Hairspray through top section for control.


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Peter Gray lead the hair team at the Badgley Mischka show at Skylight Clarkson Square. The hair was bold yet refined, embodying old Hollywood glamor. Gray used Moroccan oil products to achieve the plush waves.


Photo Cred: Courtesy of LaQuan Smith

 Outre lead the hair team backstage at LaQuan Smith at the 837 Samsung Headquarters prior to Smith’s virtual reality fashion show. Outre used Curls Blueberry collection mixed with Lottabody Coconut & Shea Oils Texturizing Setting Lotion to style the hair to create a wet “Tomb Raider” look. The hair was then placed in a low bun at the nape of the neck, parted with wet sections of the hair framing the face.


Written by Kelsi Zimmerman

Photography via Inglot

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