I ran this hair style for Matthew Williamson a few seasons back and it’s a look I often revisit in the summer months and for Red Carpet events because of its beauty, versatility and ease.
I wanted to create a ‘sectioning pattern’ that not only hairdressers could use time after time and re-invent but that you at home could do on yourselves and on their friends.
It’s just one parting that run’s from the brow of the eye to the opposite corner of the of the neck behind the ear. You then create two ponytails that are slightly asymmetrical either side of the parting and from here it’s purely down to your taste, interpretation and mood.
Detailing the ponytail is where this look is truly created into something beautiful. A conventional 3 way plait, as seen in the second part of this tutorial, is the easier of the options and can be worn every day. For serious drama create two fishtail plaits, lots of texture within this style and can be worn for a dressier, edgy aesthetic.
My personal favourite and the one you see in the opening of the tutorial is the Rope braid that I also did for Matthew Williamson, Vogue dubbed it the ‘new bun’.
I had the idea of creating a new, chic chignon but also higher up the back of the head, moving on the top knot by bringing it to the back of the head. The ponytails, and plaits within them, are what give the style its uniqueness. They add texture, shape and individuality -- I wanted them to be interesting.
Lastly this look, to be truly versatile, has to be able to be worn throughout the year, winter and summer, relaxed or distressed, shiny or matte. In the Tutorial you will see that I’ve really sleeked the hair down with serum and Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer, this was because I wanted glamour, high shine but also something fierce and a very domineering feeling to the style.