Owner & lead stylist of recently voted Best of Boston SalonCapri, Nick Penna, is leaking all of the hottest and newest hair trends this fall. Last summer the pixie cut was popular, but this season many of Penna's clients are requesting an elongated version of the look as their hair has grown out. This longer vesion on the pixie is hot for fall with its bold cut and texture. ThinkGirl With The Dragon Tattoo meets fashionista Victoria Beckham to get a sense of this fierce but “posh” cut.
For our Planet Fashion TV readers, Nick has given us the scoop on a coiled braided bun style that is apropriate for daytime and evening. This slicked back style is the perfect transition into fall from the laid-back braids of summer.
1. Begin this look in the shower with a protein-spiked shampoo for extra strength and shine. Nick swears by Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin Complete Nutrition Shampoo, which adds extra nutrients into your looks and leaves hair soft and shiny with a lightweight finish.
2. Before blowdrying, run a volumizer through your hair using your fingers. Nick likes Shu Uemura’s Fiber Life Protective Volumizer for natural shine, lasting support, and protection from heat and external agressors.
3. Use a round brush for the smoothest blow out. Nick’s tip: blow-dry small sections of hair, beginning at the back of your head. This section is always the dampest, so tackle it first and then move to the front.
4. This look is all about how you style the cut. As you grow out your pixie cut, ask your stylist to add extra texture, so you can play up your hair’s layers and angles with your blow-dry and brush.
5. To finalize this look, you’ll want to use a weightless spray to define and hold. Nick’s go to spray, Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray, won’t disappoint!
COILED BRAIDED BUN
1. Starting this polished, sexy look is simple: carefully brushing out all the knots in wet hair. Nick recommends that this hairstyle is easiest to start on smooth, untangled hair. When you’re in the shower, apply a dime-size drop of your favorite conditioner so that when you go to comb your wet hair, it doesn’t get caught in knots and break easily.
2. Apply a shape paste or gel to towel-dried hair. This product will help to keep the style in place and stop pieces from falling out as you begin to create the look. Nick’s go-to is Shu Uemura’s Shape Paste.
3. Use the a paddle brush to pull hair back into a tight ponytail and secure with an elastic; you want to make sure that you don’t miss any loose pieces of hair.
4. Begin braiding the ponytail into a regular braid and secure with another elastic.
5. Coil the braided ponytail around the base of the ponytail to form the bun and secure with bobby-pins every ½ inch of hair.
6. To make sure that the look stays sleek-and-chic, Nick uses his favorite spray, L’Oreal Professionals Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray, which keeps hair in place for a night out on the town!
Sure, there's a tennis match going on. But all eyes were on the Royal Box at Wimbledon today, which held not only Kate Middleton and her plus-one, Pippa, but also David and Victoria Beckham. Has there ever been more chic stuffed into one spectator box?
It was Kate's second appearance at the tennis tournament, after she attended last Wednesday wearing a nautical-inspired Alexander McQueen dress (a repeat, obvi), cheering with Prince William by her side. Today Willz couldn't make it but Pippa was free, so the two sisters put on their best summer dresses for the Andy Murray vs. Roger Federer final.
Catherine, of course, pulled yet another repeat: her white Joseph sheath, worn on her Royal Tour a year ago, and a coordinating Joseph jacket, worn at the Epsom Derby last year. (Kate, get new clothes pleaseeeeee. Also, is this about the time you start re-wearing everything from the Royal Tour? OK, cool, good to know.)
Pippa made our day, however, by going with something totally new -- and trendy! The famous sis, who took in an early Wimbledon match a over a week ago, looked fashion-forward in a white and blue print peplum dress by Project D.
But the best surprise of all? Kate in sunglasses! We never see the duchess in sunnies -- and unsurprisingly, she looks very good.
Both Middleton women were brighter and cheerier than David and Victoria Beckham, who also sat in the Royal Box for the match. David wore a dark suit with a crisp white shirt, looking like the model he is, and Victoria was her Victoria-est in a dark green dress from her Fall 2012 collection, her hair pulled back and those signature oversized shades. And, despite acknowledging that her perpetual scowl makes her look like a "moody cow," the designer was as unsmiling as ever.
Word has it Anna Wintour was also in the house. Let's make this photo opp happen, people!
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