Did you know that most runway hair takes 3-4 hours of prep time for a 2min strut??


Read below the ins & outs of what goes into creating a hairstyle for Fashion Week:

 backstage model line (photo by Balin Balev)

backstage model line (photo by Balin Balev)

FIRST,  the lead hair stylist of a runway shows works with the artistic director and designer to choose a look that compliments the brand's aesthetic.

Then the models are cast of all different hair types, lengths, textures, colors. From the mix, one hair style is created and the difficulty lies in making EACH look the same! (hence the prep time...)

 Gigi Hadid backstage at Elie Saab  (photo Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Gigi Hadid backstage at Elie Saab  (photo Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Hairstylists & Models.


Hair teams are assembled by the lead hair stylist's agent to produce the chosen hairstyle on the 25 models. Depending on the difficulty of the look (are extensions involved? wigs?), it takes a hair team of 15-18!

Rarely does one hair stylist have the time to complete one look alone. The aim of perfection in each detail is the art of runway hair. Usually 2-3 hairstylists team up on one model to create the design.

 Kendall Jenner backstage for Donna Karan  (photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Kendall Jenner backstage for Donna Karan  (photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

 

Then it's off to makeup.


Or if time is tight, the makeup artist is tag-teaming with 2-3 hair stylists (in a dance that allows the mascara wand not to puncture the model's eye!) with the manicurist crouched underneath the mayhem!

2 minutes until dress time. The art director pressures the lead stylist to make sure ALL models are ready (2 minutes is the "magic time" & it's promised roughly 5 times before the model is completed...trick of making 10 minutes turn into 2!)

Forehead is beading, heart rate accelerates, fingers turn jammy, but then VOILA...somehow the first model that took 1 hour to complete, has been replicated in 15 minutes thanks to the expertise of the beauty team!

 A model waits backstage at Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week  (photo by Dave Yoder)

A model waits backstage at Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week  (photo by Dave Yoder)

Wardrobe. Lights. Camera.


Models are dressed by several dressing assistants & shuffled to line up. The show's producer does final order and head counts, the music is pounding from behind the curtain, the lead hair & makeup and their assistants are going down the line for final touch-ups....

Then it's GO time. The producer sends out the opening model, the show begins!!

2 minutes later, the models strut their finale walk together. Everyone signs a breath of relief, high fives and hugs. Ladies & gents, that show is WRAPPED! 

(now grab a coffee + larabar and head to your next call time....rinse. repeat.)

 Georges Hobeika + models (photo from Getty Images)

Georges Hobeika + models (photo from Getty Images)

The pressure, the detail, the strive for perfection.
It’s EXHILARATING, challenging and hugely addicting.
I love the thrill of it and have been fortunate to work on over 150 runway shows in New York + Milan + London, assisting some of the best hair dressers of our time: Didier + James Pecis + Kien Hoang + Holli Smith + Anthony Turner + more!

Being the creative director for Twist&Pin allows me to bring these experiences into the salon straight to clients. They LOVE wearing the runway and stylists gain tips & tricks on styling through the video training.

We BELIEVE in our styling service to offer something new that adds a new, exciting element  to your salon while strengthening the salon’s other services!
XO
@hanlynne
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