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