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Ballerina Grunge – The New Edge in Hair-Up

Ballerina Grunge – The New Edge in Hair-Up

by ejlondon_admin on October 20, 2015 in Care and Advice

With the party season just about to jump on us, we have been taking inspiration on the current trends in hair-up that are going to be a big hit this season. One of the current hot looks is classic with a twist – whether it be a hint of grunge – a la Cara Delevigne at the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition last week at the Saatchi Gallery, or using pretty glittery hair slides on a simple high ponytail as demonstrated by Mui Mui on the catwalks this season.

When Edward James styled Cara for the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition, her pretty black ballerina gown was given an edgy feel with a high ballerina bun that had a lot of texture worked into it, as well as some deconstructed braiding around the side of her head.  This worked well with the black biker jacket, incredible sky-scraper stilettos and of course the ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ lip ring.

Here is how Edward created Cara’s look


1)      On day-old hair, use some dry shampoo to create texture. Aveda’s new “Shampure” dry shampoo is great and also smells wonderful.  If you have a very strong parting use some mousse on the roots and blow-dry using a paddle or Denman brush to prevent the parting from reappearing

2)      Take a side section and braid it from the temple to the crown

3)      Bring all the hair to the top of your head.  It helps to tilt your head back a bit as if you are looking at the ceiling.  This will create better tension at the back of your head and prevent any gaping

4)      Wrap a bungee elastic around the ponytail to secure it in place.  We like these ones:

5)      Use hairspray on all of the hair and smooth up towards the base of the ponytail to ensure all loose hairs are secured

6)      Use more hairspray on the ponytail itself and either use your fingers to “rough up” the hair to get lots of texture into it, or alternatively use a brush to create some gentle back-brushing

7)      Wrap the ponytail around its base and keep winding until you create a messy textured bun

8)      Secure around the edges using hair grips

9)      Go back to the braid and gently use your fingers to “rough up” the braid, so there is a bit more texture, but be careful not to pull too hard or it will unravel

10)   Finish with a spray of light hair shine-spray serum.  Try Aveda’s Brilliant Spray On Shine.

11)   Party with some red lipstick – the colour of choice this season