L’Oreal Professionnel Hair Director Caterina Di Biase had her hands full backstage at LMFF’s Runway 1 show, creating not one, but two looks for the models.
The first, she described as a “manicured ponytail” which was inspired by Helmut Newton. It was minimalist. It was perfection. To create the look, Caterina says it’s essential that you straighten the hair before putting it in a pony. If hair is especially curly or frizzy, use L'Oreal Professionnel Tecni.art Smoothing Liss Control ($27) to take out the frizz before blow-drying. The key to the high-shine finish was a “cocktail of Tecni.art Volume Lift mousse and Liss Control,” which was painted on to models’ hair and combed through. The secret to the perfect pony is serum, according to Caterina, who says you really have to work it in, not just pat it on, so that it goes inside the cuticle and really smooths the hair.
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The second look was again manicured, but featured “sculptured, mini waves with a soft tousle as the ends.” To create this style, the stylists used a “double mousse” technique, which basically meant they applied Tecni.art Volume Full Volume Extra ($27) mousse first — from roots to tip — and then applied Tecni.art Volume Lift mousse ($27) over the top. Not only does this technique add volume, it also gives the curls staying power so that they’ll last all night. After applying the mousse and blow-drying models hair, the L’Oreal Professionnel team then used a round tong to curl the hair and pinned the curls up until the hair was cold. This is a really important step if you want your curls to last. Once the curls had cooled, Caterina undid them and brushed the models’ hair with a soft brush — she recommends a Mason Pearson. A light spritz of hairspray and voila, models were ready!