At Michael Costello, flossy buns and braided crowns push beauty beyond the expected.
Backstage at the Michael Costello show, Mizani global artistic director César DeLeön Ramirêz has been asked to create not one, but two whimsical hairstyles: a braided crown for Costello’s dreamy couture collection and a flossy bun for his fairytale-esque bridal line. “For the braided look, we wanted to keep it soft and romantic yet still elevated and editorial to keep it consistent with the bun look,” he explains. To lend hair the grit needed to make braiding a breeze, he applies Mizani Lived-In Texture Creation Cream at the roots. “Having the right product is key; we wanted to keep the plait clean, so you need a product that will give you grit and control of the braid versus too much slip,” he says. To balance the braided crown with the rest of the tumbling lived-in waves, Ramirêz points out that hair distribution in the top and bottom sections (which he creates seamlessly with an Olivia Garden CarboSilk Technical & Chemical Comb and a Double Clip) must be equal. “This allows you to maintain fullness and thickness in the braids, but not compromise the amount of remaining hair for the loose waves,” he points out.
For the cotton candy- textured bun, two high ponytails create the foundation. Mounds of Mizani Lived-In Fishing Spray coat the hair, which is teased to the hilt using an Olivia Garden Style-Up Folding Teasing Brush. Each newly fuzzed section is flat-ironed into a flat, flossy panel, and then spritzed with Mizani HRM Humidity Resistant Mist to help work and lock the panels into a whirled sky-high wonder. “The creation of two high ponytails is key,” Ramirêz explains. “This foundation will give you the potential for width and fullness in the bun without having to use extensions.” Of the fashion-forward style, he notes that the idea was to get the hair up and away from the face, but push the bridal style envelope a tad. “It’s still nodding to traditional bridal [hair] with elements of a polished updo, but we’re really transforming it with texture for a more editorial take,” Ramirêz says. “We’re basically taking the messy bun to the next level. The hair pulled away from the face allows you to focus on the beautiful dress and the bride’s overall look.”
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