On Rachel Roy’s Fall 2011 runway, models wore a take on the Heidi braid with a strip of patterned fabric from Ms. Roy’s collection woven through the models’ hair. I quite like. In fact, I like so much that when I saw the directions on Refinery 29, I immediately decided to (attempt) to sport the look the following week.
I often wear my hair in buns primarily because I tend to maintain a busy schedule including working out frequently so that preserving twist outs/braid outs is out of the question. That, coupled with my being extremely lazy. Any sort of bun that can last at least 3-4 days without my having to attend to it for more than 30 seconds before heading out the door in the morning earns an A+ in my books.
Click here for directions from stylist Ted Gibson who put the look together for Ms. Roy’s models. Personally, I don’t ascribe to his recommendation of “molding paste” for coarser hair textures who wish to replicate the style. But then again, no one is paying me to style the hair on international runways, so what do I know. If I were to do this, I would keep the product use minimal:
- Start with wet hair (I prefer to start with freshly co-washed hair, but this isn’t necessary). You can dampen hair with a spray bottle of water, gylcerin and an (essential) oil-mix of your choosing.
- Moisturize with a light conditioner, seal with an oil, then follow up with a thicker conditioner or aloe vera gel for hold.
- Lightly brush edges to encourage a sleek set (I either use my Denman or Frederic Fekkai)
- Part hair down middle of head and proceed as per Mr. Gibson’s directions (basically braid either section of your hair placing braid higher/lower along head depending on length; wrap braids around front of head and secure with bobby pins to create appearance of single braid)
- Follow up by touching up edges with shea butter or thick conditioner and tie down with a scarf to ensure hair is sleek when set
- For an added Afropolitan twist, weave a piece of Ankara through your hair
Quite a few models of African decent walked the runway including Burkinabe Georgie Badiel, Zimbabwean Nyasha Matonhodze and French/Cap-Verdian Kelly Moreira. While most had relaxed/pressed hair, there’s ample inspiration for anyone who wishes to attempt to replicate the style.
Now it’s back to work for me – I allowed myself a short break and this is what I did…it was either put up a post or make a plate of scrambled eggs with this butter and some goat cheese. Obviously modeling isn’t a personal goal