Antoinette Beenders created asymmetric corseted ponytails for the Kimberly Ovitz Autumn/Winter 2013 show at New York Fashion Week.
Show: Kimberly Ovitz
Stylist: Antoinette Beenders and the Aveda team
The inspiration: “Kimberly’s collection explores the human psyche and innate defenses found in animals and insects,” said Antoinette. “I wanted to create a look that complemented the clothes – like a shield of armour or an armadillo’s shell. The texture is smooth, and the finish is shiny, but there is a veil of protection. Think of a 1920’s wave in a futuristic interpretation, just touched with danger.”
The look: Knotted waves around the hairline.
Get the look: Make a centre parting, creating two sections on each side of the head.
Drench the hair with Aveda Phomollien Styling Foam from the roots to mid-lengths and using a Mason Pearson brush, comb each side up into a high ponytail with one pony nearer to the forehead, and the other behind the ear.
Use about an arm’s length of millinery elastic to anchor each of the ponytails in place. This elastic grabs the hair so you don’t have to worry about anything slipping or moving out of place.
Once tied taut, wrap the loose ends of the elastic in a criss-cross fashion around the ponytail, working from the base to the ends, effectively “corseting” the hair.
Pull the hair gently from in between the elastic cord to create S-shaped waves. Then, smooth out flyaways with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
Overlay the ponytails on top of the head, directing the ponytail that sits nearer to the face down the side of the head so that it snakes along the hairline. Then secure with bobby pins and U-pins. If the hair is long enough, loop underneath the ear.
Direct the other ponytail that sits further back on the head forward along the parietal ridge, which is about an inch above the ear, securing with pins. Again, allow the hair to snake along the hairline above the forehead, tucking the ends under the first ponytail. Together the ponytails should converge to create a wavy S-shaped form.
Finish with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
Key products: Aveda Phomolient Styling Foam, Control Force Firm Hold Spray, Pure Abundance Style Prep