Ever wonder what it’s like working with major fashion houses to execute runway looks for Fashion Week? It can seem like an intimidating job, but we have tips from an expert to help! Get the inside scoop on how to create and achieve runway-ready hair from Fashion Week hairstylist Evie Peterson.
Peterson is a Sam Villa Ambassador and Redken/Tearsheet Artist who has worked on runways in New York, LA, Vancouver and Paris. Take a look at her three tips on how to create effortless runway hair and survive the fast-paced hustle and bustle of Fashion Week.
“If I can do this, you can too! It just takes practice, practice and more practice to build the confidence and technique.” – Evie Peterson
Condensed Hair Set
Ready for the secret to effortless bouncy and romantic hair? This signature runway look is created with just eight curls. First section the hair into eight pieces, you’ll need two deep sections at the top of the head, one on each side and four sections in the back. Use a one inch curl iron on each section, keeping bit glide to the root and feeding the hair through the iron as it rolls on the base. Pin the curls into place as they cool and finish the look off by loosely brushing out the curls.
To ensure your hairstyle will withstand a model walking down the runway, use anchor braids for pinning styles into place. For example, to make longer hair appear shorter Peterson takes an inch wide section from the nape of the model’s neck and creates an S-shaped braided pattern. Once this is secured in place with bitty pins the hair can be rolled into itself or a form to appear shorter and be secured in place
The positioning of a ponytail is crucial to storytelling on the runway. Low ponytails are often seen as sophisticated while high ponytails are seen as more sporty and youthful. To create a super secure ponytail for the runway, Peterson has three interchangeable techniques.
- A butchers knot with a strip of corded elastic
- Tearsheet Crystal Tech Elastic knotted into a circle with two bobby pins on each side
- Tearsheet Bungie – allows hair to stay in perfect alignment and be secured in place with no lumps or bumps
Curious about how to secure a bungie? First brush hair smoothly into the palm of your hand. Next close your hand and make a fist, hold the fist full of hair securely against the head and don’t move at all. Hook the front end of the bungie into the base of the ponytail with free hand wrapping the cord until it is tight and then secure the back end of the bungie into the base of the ponytail. The tail will stay exactly in place without loosening or sagging.