Royal Ascot is in full swing this week, an event synonymous with some seriously distinctive hats, but what’s the best way to style your hair under that all-important adornment? … We called in Top Session Stylist, Stephen Low (whose star clients include Lindsey Lohan, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Sienna Miller) from Neville Hair & Beauty in Knightbridge, to give us some seriously stylish advice when it comes to hat hair …
“Ok, so the hairstyle really depends on the hat; wearing hair down is best if the hat is large and you don’t want to tie it up under the hat, and if so maybe wearing the hair to one side will give a more stylish look. If the hat is small and sits on top of the head then you could wear it in an up-do at the back of the head or slightly off to the side. Ponytail bases are the best and firmest way to secure a hair do to last all day, and it’s always best to put the hat on first and design the hair style around the way it sits, the style of hat, and what suits your face.”
What to do …
– Brush hair back into a ponytail and secure with an elastic: this can be placed anywhere to the side or straight at the back of the head; high or low – depending what suits and placement of hat.
– Then take ponytail and wrap around the base into a bun and pin in place.
– This is a great look as it can be done with all different textures of hair (straight,curly,wavy) and can be finished smooth or messy and will look amazing either way.
– Start with a ponytail base at the mid-back of the head secured with an elastic band.
– Then lift the ponytail up and using a hair comb or slide secure the hair to the back of the head and let it drop. This should give the ponytail some volume.
– Take the ends of the hair and using a hair comb or grips, comb under and secure to create the roll back.
– Combing can be done to the ponytail to add thickness if needed.
– Finish with hairspray.
– Place a parting in the hair to suit and add a little back combing to the hair. This will help secure and hold it in place.
– Brush all the hair to one side and secure it in the centre at the back of the head with grips.
– Use hairspray to help hold and smooth the hair.
– Brush the rest of the hair back over to the other side.
– Taking the ends of the hair, twist or roll hair upwards.
– Use a hair comb and secure at the side of the pleat, or using a large, decorative pin to secure the twisted hair from the top.
– Use some spray for hold and grip up the side of pleat if needed, for extra hold.
Hair Down – 50’s Wave
– Use heated rollers and set hair from the parting, then spray and leave.
– Make sure the rollers cool down completely before taking them out,to ensure the wave lasts all day.
– Once rollers are taken out brush through.
– Spray for shine and hold.
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