Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a soft, romantic Sicilian up-do that looked truly fit for a queen -dressed in beautiful Byzantine-themed Dolce & Gabbana looks at the designer's Fall 2013 show in Milan today.
An "Italian princess" was the inspiration for this look. Guido said that it wasn't supposed to make a perfectly coiffed, straight-from-the-hairdresser's impression.
He was thinking of the kind of woman with inherently beautiful style, who does her hair herself.
Some of the models also wore gold, jewel-covered crowns in the show, but in case you aren't already envious enough of the woman that inspired this style, we have to add that with a look like the one Guido created today, she looked like the epitome of royal and romantic, crown or no crown.
"This elegant style is another variation of the Dolce & Gabbana woman this season, playing on that Sicilian idea of softness, romance, and a certain cinematic, womanly beauty. I took inspiration from the idea of an iconic woman with a kind of natural Italian allure- think the actress Sofia Loren or the women in the 1960 film la Dolce Vita. There's a natural ease to her beauty, she's sexy but in a conservative way. It's not at all a messy look, and it's all about the details - I wanted it to have shine, but to not at all look greasy - just a soft, glossy finish," said Guido.
Create the Look:
STEP 1: Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair from roots to ends and blow-dry with a round brush.
STEP 2: Add quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to the crown section by section, holding each section for a few seconds to let it dry before moving onto the next.
STEP 3: After the quick tease 15 has dried completely, backcomb hair with an oval boar bristle brush for light, airy volume throughout the crown.
STEP 4: Create a very small (1 inch) part that's slightly off center and then gently brush hair from front to back starting behind the 1-inch parted section in front, folding into a chignon flat against the head at the nape of the neck and securing with pins.
STEP 5: Spray style with shine flash 02 glistening mist for a glossy finish.
Redken Products Used:
-quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray
-shine flash 02 glistening mist
-guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
[Photos Courtesy of Charles Sykes for Redken]