Mainstream Punk

Each year, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the Met Gala. It’s like the Oscars for the fashion world  - a huge party with a red carpet and the who’s who of the fashion and beauty world, including models, designers, celebrities, photographers and editors. This year, the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” a trend we also saw on fall 2013 runways of Fendi, Thakoon and Alexander Wang. Marc Jacobs even channeled Joan Jett with look-a-like models that had a fresh punk edge. The best part was that his models’ hair had double identity - short with crowns that popped and fringes that could be swept from side to side or fall onto the face. Perfect for a soft whisper of the trend for day that could be punked out with slight styling changes for night.

(Continue to page to to learn how to create a punk mohawk braid!)

[Image Credits:  Top Image- Hair: Geneva Cowen for Sam Villa®; Photographer: Shalem Mathew; Assistants: Tina Calzaretta, Mary Urban, Rafa Bertelli and Jeremy McDougle; Joan Jett Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images]

[pagebreak]Punk is a look you can have a lot of fun with, and it’s actually pretty easy to adapt for behind the chair. Whether you’re cutting hair to have double identity or styling it with a punk vibe, there are a lot of cool accents you can add to a look to make it punk…height in the crown area, disconnection, tilted fringe and accents, mo or faux hawks, pomps, spikes, intense texture and separation, vibrant color…think glam punk. Here’s a simple Mohawk Braid that gives just enough attitude to be punk with a softer mainstream feel.

Step 1: Prep The Hair
Take horizontal sections and spray a minimum of 6-8″ away with Redken quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to protect the hair from heat and for maximum iron results.

Use the Sam Villa Textur texturizing iron and tap the plates down the length to texturize the entire head of hair.
Use the Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush to smooth the hair.
Step 2: Creating The Triangle Mohawk Section
Separate fringe area by placing index fingers at the corner of eyes pointing up – this outlines the best place for the fringe area to be sectioned.

Create a triangle section from the front (fringe area) to the back of the head (crown).

Section with a Sam Villa Signature Series Wide Cutting and comb hair off the face at the recession area, letting it naturally split between the top and side sections — this creates a straight part every time.

Step 3: Securing The Sides Into Low Ponytail
Using the styling brush, secure sides and back into a smooth, tight, low ponytail. Secure with a hair bungee for maximum staying power.

Take a small section of hair from the underneath of the ponytail and wrap around the base to cover the bungee.

Secure section underneath with a medium hair pin thru the bungee for security.

Step 4: Braiding The “Mohawk” Top Section
Begin a French Braid in the top section by taking three sections of hair beginning at the hairline.

Place two strands in one hand, and the third strand in opposite hand.

Take the strand on the right and cross it under the center strand, then take the strand from the left and cross it under the center strand.

Before crossing strands over to the other side, add another strand of hair from the loose pieces on the same side and include in the cross-over.

Continue the braid down the length and secure with a clear elastic

Step 5: Finishing The Mohawk Braid
Lay braid on top of the low ponytail and secure with a hairpin at the base of the ponytail.

Help your clients think out of the box, embrace a new trend for the season and have fun with it…I’d love to see your take on mainstream punk – post it!

[Image courtesy of Sam Villa/Glow Communications]

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