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Mercedes-Benz Fall ‘11 Fashion Week NYC: J.Mendel

Creating a soft, low chignon knot at the nape of the neck, Guido, lead stylist for Redken created a look inspired by the 1970's French Emmanuelle films and the Victorian era. Guido started by center parting the hair and pulling it back with his fingers into a low, loose ponytail and then secured it with hair elastic.

"Using your fingers gives you a softer feeling, rather than scraping with a brush or comb," said Guido. Next, he covered the ponytail with a hair net so "bits don't stick out" to make a very "tight and tame" chignon at the nape of the neck and then fastened the knot into place with bobby pins.

"The key to make this hairstyle pretty and desirable," said Guido, "is softening the hairline and around the ears." Finishing the look, Guido chose Redken Forceful 23 hairpsray to "give it some control" and Redken Shine Flash, which Guido said "is a new shine product from Redken which is great!"

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Jennifer Bernstein

Jennifer Bernstein