Hair Tips: Backstage Tips from Fashion Week, Editorial and Salon Stylist Jenny Balding

It takes a lot of creativity and effort to perfect the awe-inspiring hairstyles seen on Fashion Week runways. The environment backstage is often hectic and always busy, but Fashion Week stylist Jenny Balding has learned more than a few techniques and tricks to create gorgeous looks under pressure. Here, she provides her useful backstage tips that any stylist can try in the salon:

Tip 1: "When you need to boost volume into flat hair, use a dry shampoo like Redken Powder Refresh which is excellent for a instant volume. I've used this trick a lot when prepping late models hair for a show and also when models come from another show with heavy product in their hair.

Tip 2: "To keep hair off your face while getting ready and applying your make-up, try a flat silver clip with a heavy napkin or folded tissues before you clip – this will prevent a dent in your hair where the clip has been. We use this technique constantly backstage when a models goes to make-up after hair.

Tip 3: "Before sweeping your hair up and pinning, spray dry shampoo throughout your hair to really get lived- in texture and then mist a light hairspray, (Redken Fashion Work 12 is perfect for this as you can keep layering the hairspray without it getting sticky). Next shake your hair up a little and sweep up and pin it up for a perfectly disheveled look that won't slip after pinning."

Jenny is a Senior Stylist at New York City’s Cutler Salon and specializes in cutting and styling women and men of all hair lengths, textures, colors, and special occasions. She consistently leads shows each season during New York Fashion Week including Paola Hernández & 5:31 Jérôme. Her work backstage has also been seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Betsey Johnson, Proenza Schouler, Badgley Mischka and Carmen Marc Valvo.

[Images courtesy of Jenni Bingham Communications]

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