It’s all about the texture; we’re looking for diaphanous texture,” says Cutler Salon hair lead Peter Gray backstage at Badgley Mischka. He’s talking about the fabulously gauzy beauty of the soft bouffant he’s creating, using Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam at the crown for an extra boost of height and Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray along the entire surface of the hair for added body. He explains that the diaphanous texture is essential because “It makes the updo not frumpy. It’s more relaxed yet glamorous—which it should be because the inspiration is the island of Capri in the late ’50s and ’60s...it’s that relaxed Italian glamour of those times.”
To create the knot in the back, Gray adheres DreamHair Tape-In Extensions to give him the right amount of thickness and texture to play with, and divides the lengths into two sections, which he ties and knots, then pins into place. The ends are left loose and tousled, a beachy effect that further tamps down any traces of fussiness found in the bouffant. “In the end, we’re using Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder at the crown, but you have to apply it to your fingers and rub it in rather than just sprinkling it on,” he says. His reasoning: Applying it locally rather than all over allows you more control. A final spritz of Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray allows Gray to tailor the
look to perfection.
Hero Product: Precise placement of Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder at the crown helps build the necessary gauzy height.
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