How To Create Sleek Hair – AW12
You don’t have to wear your hair down or coif it into a ponytail to tick off the trend; with Dior’s sleek updos, you can recreate sleek style regardless of the length of your hair. Follow in the show’s footsteps with Stephen Low's, stylist at Neville Hair and Beauty, hair how-to.
‘More often associated with the summer months, the sleek wet look is set to stick around for winter this year proving that the sleek, streamlined, sporting influence of the Olympics seems set to remain strong for another season.’
‘Seen at countless shows, the finish varied from greaser-girl, high-shine quiffs with sleek sides or intentionally comb-marked crowns to a discretely damped-down hairline.’
‘Combined with super-sleek, poker-straight styles or incorporated into softer, more romantic updo's, there's more to the trend than leaving the house with wet hair - it's all about artfully drenching hair with a layered-on combination of products for a glistening, high-shine finish that looks intentional, rather than accidental.’
‘First straighten the hair with a good straightening iron, I would recommend ghd’s classic styler (£119). This will add a super modern finish to your natural hair. Then take a low side parting and spritz a little L'Oreal Tecni Art Gloss Control Spray (£8.75). Apply the spray from the front section and slick down each side. Use some grips on each side just behind the ear to keep in place,’ Low concludes.
Framing her face with an immaculately preened, super sleek fringe, supermodel Heidi Klum’s enviable updo is a relaxed way to work the trend. To recreate a similarly effortless super sleek look, Mark Hill shares his top tips and recommends investing in core products.
‘Get sleek hair by using Straight-a-holic Get it Straight Shampoo (£5.49), Straighten Up Conditioner (£5.49) and Straight Talking Smoothing Cream (£5.99) by Mark Hill – these really help smooth the hair and prepare it for styling,’ Hill explains.
‘Blow dry your hair with a large round brush to give some volume at the roots and to smooth the rest of your hair. When your hair is dry take a section of hair and spray with a heat protection spray, it’s crucial to protect your hair from heat damage – it’ll also add a great shine to your hair. Then use your straighteners to smooth through the section.’
‘After all of your hair has been smoothed, you can then start playing with your style. Vary your parting from centre to side, take the top section away from your face, or pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail. To vary the look even more and only straighten the root and mid-lengths and leave the ends textured and natural, as seen on Roberto Cavalli.’
‘One thing to remember for autumn is the weather. Damp atmospheres will only make your hair frizz so protect your hair and make your style last longer by using Bedazzled Anti-Humidity Shine Spray (£5.99),’ Hill concludes.
With roots scraped back and lengths free-flowing, models locks were poker straight and streamlined at Versus for a look that let the statement smoky eyes take full focus. Bring your hair straighteners out of hiding and try out the trend with Petros Mairoudhio’s, creative stylist at Trevor Sorbie’s Covent Garden salon, styling secrets.
‘To get a sleek and sophisticated look, it’s all about using products cautiously, adding more product until the desired result is achieved to prevent hair looking lank. Creams such as Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Moisturised Super Smoother (£5.10) will give the hair natural shine and moisturise.’
‘For a perfectly groomed look, finish with the Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Straightened High Shine Spray (£5.10) to reflect the light and give a sleek and smooth finish. It’s a great finishing product for all styles and is great to gloss and add shine in between washes.’
Fear not, if you don’t have hair long enough to tie back in a ponytail, you can still achieve the super sleek look. ‘To get a sleek look in shorter hair but to avoid it looking greasy, avoid overloading product in the hair. Try something such as the Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Moisturised Goop (£5.10) to give shine and definition without creating a greasy look that will weigh the hair down,’ Mairoudhio advises.
A style stalwart famed for her iconic silky locks, Jennifer Aniston never strays too far from her signature sleek hair dos. Updated for autumn with lift and subtle volume at the roots, this style is universally flattering and one we can’t wait to try. Take note of Sarah Louise Oskin’s, creative director at Daniel Hersheson, top tips to score Aniston’s sleek finish.
‘Sleek and glossy hair is always a great choice as it’s easy and can work on any hair length and face shape. The best products to use are smoothing products, try L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime range (from £9.50) on wet hair before drying to knock out any unnecessary frizz and once dry pull some Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom (£28) through the ends to keep hair look glossy and in place.’
‘There were countless shows which saw sleek styles - Christopher Kane chose a more relaxed smooth sleek look for AW12 by placing hair in a middle parting and letting the ends turn slightly under while Victoria Beckham went for a more extreme look with a low side part with very straight ends.’
‘Both very wearable and easy achieved by smoothing hair using Hershesons ceramic bristle brush number 2 (£30), but for that very sleek look go over the ends a pair of straighteners,’ Oskin concludes.
Immaculate ponytails were the order of the day at Dior as models’ locks were parted at the side, swept back and tied at the nape of the neck. With flyaways and frizz duly banished, the effect was perfectly polished.
To score similarly sleek hair, Michele Riccio, UK member of the Ojon global styling team, suggests ensuring your hair is cut to perfection before coiffing your ponytail. ‘The classic ponytail – but with maximum shine and a super smooth finish – is my prediction for the hottest look of the season. To keep your look on trend, the ‘tail’ of your style should be cut perfectly blunt and tied low to give an almost equestrian feel. ‘
‘For this season’s super sleek ponytail, wash and condition your hair with gentle products that don’t contain sulphates such as Ojon’s Super Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner (from £21) to prevent frizz and static, then apply a heat protection product before blow drying the hair until it’s about 70% dry.’
‘For the sleekest ponytail, divide the hair into three sections across the head (ear to ear), first section 3 inches above nape hairline, next section over the crown leaving the front as final section. Start with the nape section & comb down smoothly, holding firmly in one hand.’
‘Continue this with the next two sections until all the hair is perfectly smooth & held tightly at the nape of your head. Now carefully tie with three thick hair bands, making sure that the first band is tight up to your nape hairline.’
‘This will make the ponytail sit out away from your head but keeping the tail low for the new take on the classic ponytail. Finally spray any flyaways with hairspray to smooth and give glossy shine.’ concludes Riccio.
Never one to stray too far from her signature, sleek style, Gwyneth Paltrow has taken her cue from Dior’s autumn winter 2012 show and updated her look with a slick, low-lying ponytail tucked partially behind her ears. Follow suit with Damien Carney, Joico’s artistic global director, top tips.
‘This season, hair should be strong, controlled, polished and easy to recreate at home. Used time and time again at fashion shows, the classic pony is one style that’s always unrivalled.’
‘To score a style like Paltrow’s start by washing your hair with Joico K-Pak Shampoo (£14.95) and Conditioner (£15.95) - it can be used on coloured hair, and is particularly great for damaged tresses that need some TLC,’ Carney explains.
‘Take a few drops of Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil (£15.95) and smooth over the top layer of your hair before brushing it through for a slick, super-smooth finish. Brush your hair back into a ponytail and secure into place just below the occipital bone.’
‘If you want to take this look into evening, twist the ponytail into a super tight knot and secured low into the nape area of your neck. Think tight hair, mega polished, and mega confidence,’ Carney suggests.
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