Go Backstage at LA Fashion Week with LuxeLab

At this year’s Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW), held at the historic Hollywood Athletic Club on September 28th-October 2nd, a team of LuxeLab stylist headed backstage to craft an array of high-end hair looks to complement the stunning collections from nearly 20 designers.

In true Fashion Week form, backstage was a whirlwind of hairspray and bobby pins as models were decked out with romantic braids, slicked-back strands, chic ponytails and everything in between. Teams of three or four stylists worked on a single model’s updo at once, while waterfall braids were meticulously crafted and last minute touches were added just as models headed out to the runway.

In all the chaos — and the occasional welcomed lull — the LuxeLab team created a series of stunning styles that helped elevate each and every show. Flip through the slideshow below to catch a behind-the-scenes look at some of the gorgeous hairstyles from LAFW, plus tips for recreating each trendsetting style in your own salon.

  • Technicolor Knots at Irish Latina

    Lead Stylist: Timothy Ro from Luxelab Bel Air
    “The collection was called ‘waste not,’ so my inspiration was knots,” says Timothy. “I created 3 Zulu knots with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 in the shape of a Mohawk. I created chola/finger waves that I graffiti’d with L'Oréal Professionnel hair chalk to complete the technicolored look. Using liquid chalk in a spray bottle, I created a graffiti spray paint effect.”

    See the final look on the next slide!

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Technicolor Knots at Irish Latina

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  • Messy Braids at Rickyy Wong

    Lead Stylist: Timothy Ro from Luxelab Bel Air
    Says Timothy, “The collection, ‘Généalogies D'un Chiroptère,’ was based off Rickyy's eastern culture — an avant-garde twist on traditional Asian garb. The hair was prepped with Crépage de Chignon by L'Oréal Professionnel. Working off his structured cuts and flowy pieces, I created 2 traveling French braids starting behind the ear with a natural center part. Then, the braids were pulled out to [lend] a soft messy vibe to the structured braid. Shorter hair was very messy   — textured using LP Crépage de Chignon and Architexture. Tip: spray hands with product before messing up to create a softer look!”

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  • Seventies Curls at Cecilia Echenique

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Editorial Director: Jen Beckerman
    “The look for Cecilia Echenique's collection was inspired by the big, brushed, bohemian curls of the 70’s,” says Jen, “the kind of hair that billows down the runway. [The look was created with] L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair and Infinium 3.”

    Image credit: Enrique Bautista

     

  • Fabric-Accented Ponytails at Purana

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Editorial Director: Jen Beckerman
    “The hair for Purana, inspired by Indonesia, was a sleek, center-parted, low ponytail braided with fabric from the collection,” says Jen. “We used L'Oréal Professionnel Crepage de Chignon and Infinium 3 to prepare and complete the looks.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Low Knotted Ponytails at LAISON by Aurelias

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylist: Eric Garza
    “Inspired by a scrap pile of fabric and thread bundled up into a ball, a deconstructed, low knotted ponytail was created to complement the lines in the collection,” says Eric. To get the look, L'Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair was applied “for texture and expansion,” and Infinium 4 finished the style.

    Image credit: Enrique Bautista

  • Waterfall Braids at Datari Austin

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylist: Eric Garza
    Says Eric, “The starting point of vertical lines continuing down into the garments was used to influence the creation of a waterfall braid that complemented the strength of the collection. L'Oréal Professionnel Lumi Control [was used] to control fly-aways throughout the hair and braids, then the look was finished off with Infinium 3.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Haute Head Pieces at Ivan Gunawan

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylist: Eric Garza
    The head pieces at Ivan Gunawan’s presentation were inspired by traditional Borneo costumes.

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  • Gothic Grunge at Ashton Michael

    Co-Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylists: Eric Garza and Timothy Ro
    “Ashton Michael's collection, titled ‘Ritual,’ was about finding the light in a dark place. To capture the gothic grunge vibe of the collection, we used L’Oréal Professionnel Wet Domination to create structured, messy, string-like pieces around the hairline over the face. The rest of the hair, starting at the root, was combed back behind the ears using Wet Domination primarily at the root. The rest of the hair, mid-shaft and ends, were drenched with L’Oréal Professionnel Shower Shine to stay consistent with the wet vibe. Finishing touches were molded around the face with L’Oréal Professionnel Extreme Splash."

    See the second look from this show on the next slide!

    Image credit: RPB Studio

  • Gothic Grunge at Ashton Michael

    Co-Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylists: Eric Garza and Timothy Ro
    “Shorter hair was very polished and sleek — pushed back away from the face with Wet Domination hair gel and finished with Lumi-Control. Tip: dip the end of a tail comb into gel to have complete control over the separation of the hair around the hairline.”

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  • Air-Dried Strands at Blond and Bieber

    Lead Hair: Artlab Salon Editorial Stylist: Kat Colossimo
    Says Kat, “The [Blond and Bieber] line was really simplified and raw. It used natural dyes to create the pigments for the garments, so we kept a similar concept with the hair by creating a wet/air-dried style using the L'Oréal Professionnel wet look gel with Extreme Lacquer. Double prong clips were used to keep the ridges in [the models’] hair so it looked like they'd just run their fingers through it. The ends were allowed to dry naturally so that they would still have a billowy texture to complement the fabrics used.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Refined Punk Twists at Recreation

    Lead Hair: Artlab Salon Editorial Stylist: Kat Colossimo
    “Recreation’s influence was a Bladerunner-meets-refined-punk look,” says Kat. “We did a sleek classic twist in the back, then took a small triangle in the fringe area and added texture using large U-pins and a flat iron to create two extremes of texture within the look. We used L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3, Crepage de Chignon, and Extreme Laquer.”

    Image credit: RPB Studio

  • French Twists with Edge at Vicken Derderian

    Lead Hair: Luxelab Bel Air Editorial Stylist: Eric Garza
    “Inspired by the yarn and thick threads in this collection, we decided to create a classic French twist with an edge,” says Eric. “We started with an angled twist in the back with a lived-in look, then purposefully created a blur of hair through the top to mimic the wool texture of the line.” To achieve the style, Eric used “L’Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair for texture and looseness, Infinium 3 for a flexible hold and Extreme lacquer for extreme hold and shine.”

    Image credit: Enrique Bautista

  • Braided Topknots at Cindy Weiz Hang

    Lead Hair: Lauren Sill
    “Cindy wanted a fresh, flirty topknot that was effortless looking and youthful with an undone feel,” says Lauren who used L’Oréal Professionnel Next Day Hair to get the look.

    Image credit: Enrique Bautista

  • 20s-Inspired Updos at Daniela Bozza

    Lead Hair: Alexander Maud
    Says Alexander, “For Daniela Bozza, it was 20s-inspired hair. How to: Use hidden braids and mohawk sections to create a subtle update to this classic look. Products used: L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium 4 for setting and a little True Grip at the crown and at the roll for hold.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Sea-Soaked Strands at Marcelo Quadros

    Lead Hair: Lauren Sill
    “The gowns are beautiful and intricate and the contrast with the simplicity of the hair made a strong statement on the runway,” says Lauren. “Marcelo wanted a fresh and wet sleek style that looked like the models had just come out of the ocean — not too tight and uniform, but not too much volume either. We used the wet domination line by L’Oréal Professionnel to sculpt slight movement and wave into a sleek look. We scrunched and diffused the back slightly when the models had straight hair to give it sea-soaked texture, and lifted the roots slightly with a tail comb while diffusing for natural volume on the top of the head.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

     

  • Minimal Ponytails at Oscar Lawalata

    Lead Hair: Allie Ellis
    “For Oscar’s show, we created a clean but current look. We didn't want to take away from the detail of the clothing,” says Allie. “He wanted a clean ponytail with everything slicked back. To create that look: use L’Oréal Professionnel’s Shower Shine and Wet Domination while flat ironing to create sleek and modern ponytails that reflect the minimal, modern clothing.”

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

  • Accessorized Updos at Rinda Salmun

    Lead Hair: Eric Garza
    The look at Rinda Salmun focused on “top knots and twisted knots with a blurred exterior to create a soft look,” says Eric, who also noted that the style “[worked] well with the color blocking in the designs.” To get the look, Eric used L’Oréal Professionnel Next day Hair, Infinium 3, and Architecture.

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

     

  • Grunge Glam at Sav Noir

    Lead Hair: Eric Garza
    Grungy, glam, punk vibes reigned supreme at Sav Noir, the closing show of LAFW. Lead stylist Eric Garza created an array of looks, relying on varying textures, braids and mock-dreadlocks using L'Oreal TecniArt products.

    Image credit: Liz Abrams

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Opening image credit: RPB Studio/@fun_mag

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