Exploring avant-garde looks is a great way to enhance your portfolio and show off your styling expertise to clients. Today, Nicole Gary (@nicstravels), Director of Shows and Education for BaBylissPRO, explains how to take two different approaches to the art, with tips for creating editorial styles and a salon-friendly pompadour demonstration.
Get the Look:
- Think of hair as a medium. For example, Gary glued hair to a plastic sub-straight and then had the plastic laser cut with intricate details to create her hair pieces.
- To starch hair, which is perfect for hair pieces, take a weft of human hair and spritz with Aquage Working Spray. Follow with an iron to activate the polymers, which will crisp the hair creating a board-like feel.
- When securing a ponytail, use two bobby pins attached to an elastic to help anchor and tie it without disrupting any prior smoothing at the base.
- To hide elastics without using bobby pins, coat a strand with a strong-hold thermal protecting product like Aquage Working Spray, and wrap around the band. Use heat from a flat iron to seal and set the product.
- When it comes to aerosol sprays, you only want the resin from the product which disperses at the end of a mist stream.
- Crochet needles from the craft store are great for securing hair pieces. Spray paint them to match your model’s hair and weave through the styles base (buns work best).
- Section hair at the fringe, crown and nape.
- Create a classic French twist from the nape. For seamless hold, open and lace bobby pins in an X-shape to secure the base before smoothing the first side over. When securing the other side, hook bobby pins into the original pins laced underneath.
- Style the pieces at the crown and fringe by rounding them back in horizontal sections using Aquage Working Spray and BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Prima3000 iron.
- To style the fringe and crown, keep hair rolled back and secure using bobby pins with the weight pushing forward. Finish with Aquage Beyond Shine spray.