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Orlando Pita’s Japanese “Sumo Knot”

I came across the images from Carolina Herrara’s S/S 2015 NYFW show and was inspired by the hairstyle I saw.

Famed hairstylist, Orlando Pita created a Japanese “Sumo Knot” for the models for the show. The result was this sleek, beautifully crafted top knot, with half the ponytail left out and flatted and sprayed in place. It was like a work of art on top of each model’s head. I am in love with it and can’t wait to have one of my hairstylists recreate it on me.

The look was sponsored by CHI/BioSilk and the breakdown of how to get the look is below.

1. Apply a generous amount of BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray to a brush and the hair and use it to sculpt the hair into a sleek ponytail with a large CHI Turbo Nylon Brush that is placed 2 inches below the crown area. Secure the ponytail with a band.

Orlando Pita: “If the model’s hair had texture or curl, I blow dried it straight first with the CHI TOUCH Touchscreen Blow Dryer.”

2. Run the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron through the length of the ponytail so it is sleek and smooth.

3. Spray a generous amount of BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray onto the length of the ponytail and while damp take a tail comb and the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron to gently fold the ponytail in half to form an off-center looped bun shape while bringing the remaining hair down the center to form a tail and secure with an elastic band.

Orlando Pita Tip: “The tail comb and BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray are essential to shape, mold and bend the hair into a loop. This is the most intricate part of the style. The ideal component of the BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray is that it gives hold while still letting the hair to remain flexible.”

4. To create the ultra-sleek tail and add length to it, use an extension sprayed with BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray and straightened with the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron. Cut the ends on a sharp angle and attach under the loop blending it over the existing tail and secure with pins.

5. Take a separate piece of extension about 2-3” in width spray it with BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray and straighten with the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron to form a ribbon-like piece. Wrap around the elastic band to hide it.

6. Apply BioSilk Shine On Spray to complete the look.

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The Textured Bob

The textured bob is a hairstyle that has gained popularity over the last year and is hotter than ever. Short hair is appealing because the messier and more textured the style, the better it looks, making it easy to maintain style wise. To keep the short length and shape, you may have to visit your hairstylist more often for trims, but the time you will save on blowdrying and styling will be worth the more frequent salon visits. 

I love long, voluminous, beachy hair, which I normally have and rarely stray from it. However, I had a cut scheduled with Celebrity hairstylist and friend, Gregory Russell, so I asked him for a consult for something new. I was ready for a change and had been interested in going short, but didn’t know if I could pull it off. He studied my face shape and hair texture and decided we should go for it and I could in fact pull off a shorter do. So he cut 6-7 inches off and I didn’t even flinch! I trust him completely with my hair and knew he could give me an amazing new hairstyle. 

When the cut was complete, I felt fresh, hip, and in style. I loved it! Gregory has an immpeccable talent for delivering a pristine cut, but styling your hair in a way that is so effortlessly chic. He sprayed Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray into my roots before rough drying my hair, and then took a round brush and continued to blowdry the hair on the crown of my head for added volume. He then took a flat iron and created ‘S’ shapes with the tool throughout my hair to give it a casual bend. He then had me toss my head back and sprayed my hair with Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to give it that toussled texture, and finished it with L’Oreal Elnett hairpray. 

Gregory’s clients include Chloe Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Alexa Chung, and Karlie Koss, among others. I feel extremely lucky to have had him tranform my tresses into this fun new style. I have included a few of my favorite looks of textured bobs below. 

You can book a haircut with Gregory Russell at The Andy Lecompte Salon 310-273-4100

Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray retails for $19 and can be purchased at http://www.beauty.com

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray retails for $42 and can be purchased at http://www.oribe.com

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray retails for $11.99 and can be purchased at http://www.target.com

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The Perfect High Ponytail

The high ponytail brings me back to my school girl days. Having a mother that was not good at doing hair, I only had a few choices, half-up, braid, ponytail or down. Don’t even get me started on the time I had an Ogilvie home perm!!

Now that I have learned a thing or two about hair, I still often rely on the simplicity of a pony. You will need a few tools and products to achieve this look. One elastic hair band that preferably matches your hair color, I like the Ouchless ones by Goody. A brush, in which my favorite is by Sheila Stotts. A ribbon and hairspray of your choice. I like Davines Defining Glam Power spray.

Using your hands, pull your hair into a ponytail set high at the back of your head. Take the brush and brush your hair at the sides, top, and back of your head (under where the pony sits) to make sure all sides are sleek. Now use the elastic band to secure the pony in place. I like to pull the hair around the top of my head a little looser, just so it isn’t too “done.”  But if you like a sleeker look, skip this step. For this step, you can just use your fingers and rake them through the hair on top of your head (as if you were using your fingers as a make shift brush), if some pieces fall out, it is okay. At this point, you can also use the brush or your fingers to “fluff up” your ponytail…not too much, but just a little to give it some texture. Next, use the hairspray to set the style and make sure everything stays put.

Tie the ribbon in the color of your choice around the ponytail and make sure the ends of the ribbon are even. This gives the style a little sweetness.

The Sheila Stotts Removal Brush can be purchased for $28 at http://www.sheilastotts.com

The elastics can be purchased at http://www.target.com

The hairspray can be purchased at The Andy Lecompte Salon in LA and they can ship it to you. 🙂 310-273-4100

The ribbon I honestly reused from a gift I got, but you can purchase at any craft store.

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