Jason Wu’s boxy-yet-feminine silhouettes for Fall/Winter 2018 had us looking back to oversized days of yesteryear, but thankfully, unlike the many designers hopping on the oversized bandwagon in season’s past, the collection’s retro references were anything but overplayed. The hair reflected this soft restraint as well: TRESemmé NYFW stylist Holli Smith lifted from the designer’s late ’70s European aesthetic—think Swarovski crystals, jewel-toned slip dresses and strong shoulders—and gave the looks a spin via a charming faux fringe made by parting your hair in the middle and tucking the lengths behind the ears. Altogether, this trompe l’oeil effect brought the power-persona look a gentler feel. “When creating this look, focus on the front pieces of hair. You want to have a nice transition from front to back. The goal is for it to look natural, not retro,” she advises.
Read on to see how to recreate the totally ‘grammable, cute-quirky vibe of a curtained faux fringe (or even get a real one, if you’re so inclined!). BRB, bookmarking for all of this year’s parties:
Jason Wu F/W 2018: The Soft, Natural Faux Fringe
Step 1: Start on clean, washed hair.
Step 2: Prep your locks.
Spray hair with a thermal protectant/pre-styler, like TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray, to protect hair against damage and make it easier to style. Create a natural-looking center part. Note: Don’t brush hair!
Step 3: Use pins to create lift.
Pinch hair at the crown and use small silver clips to hold to encourage lift and for some added elevation.
Step 4: Push and tuck.
Using a wide-toothed comb, push the front of your hair forward and use flat clips to keep it in place. Leave a small slip of hair in front of your ears (your sideburn area) and tuck the rest behind your shoulders, using additional clips to secure.
Step 5: Blow-dry.
Leave clips in while drying hair on the cool setting, while gently scrunching hair to bring out its natural texture.
Step 6: Finish with hairspray.
Spray a light mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4, then remove all clips, making sure to shake out the kinks.
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