DREAM WEAVER

The new-year ap­proach to beauty is ef­fort­less and un­done, but no less con­sid­ered. Here’s how to achieve messy up­dos the easy way

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY - Words KELLY FUNG Pho­to­graphs EL­FORD/DE LA FORÊT / Union Man­age­ment

THE BRAID­ING GAME

Un­in­ten­tional, windswept strands of hair across the face make braids just a lit­tle cooler and more cur­rent. Hair­styl­ist Michele Mc­Quil­lan rec­om­mends get­ting into the habit of al­ways prim­ing the hair for pro­tec­tion, then leav­ing out a rough sec­tion around the front hair­line for the

wispy bits. ‘Clip the sec­tion out of the way while you braid the body of the hair. Then, from a cen­tre part­ing, sec­tion the hair into four parts and braid tightly,

se­cur­ing with elas­tics and fin­ish­ing with a rib­bon.’ A light spritz of hair­spray will keep the braids in longer while not

tak­ing away the nat­u­ral move­ment.

IN THE MID­DLE

Braided pig­tails could veer into school­girl ter­ri­tory – bring the look back to adult­hood by part­ing hair into a de­fined mid­dle part­ing and

al­low­ing strands to fall loose across the face. Ex­tend the braid across the crown of the head

for a cooler, more up­dated version.

DE­LIB­ER­ATELY UN­DONE

The updo for 2016 isn’t flaw­less – rather, it is de­lib­er­ately messy, bring­ing in a sense of real­ness,

soft­ness and a mod­ern re­sponse to the over­done struc­ture of hair­styles from yes­ter­year. Michele sug­gests preparing the hair with a prod­uct that am­pli­fies vol­ume

and tex­ture and roughly blast­ing the hair dry. ‘Next, sec­tion the hair into two pieces, from the cen­tre back, cross them over at the back fol­low­ing the head shape as if you are ty­ing a head scarf around your head, se­cure

in place us­ing bobby pins and leave the ends out for soft­ness.’ Com­plete the look by pulling out a few loose

pieces around the hair­line.

LAID-BACK AND NAT­U­RAL Hair­styl­ists and ex­perts all over the world are em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of work­ing with and em­brac­ing your hair’s nat­u­ral tex­ture. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, ap­ply a tex­tur­is­ing spray through­out the hair, then dry with a hairdryer and dif­fuser. Michele says, ‘Don’t touch your hair while it ’s dry­ing as this causes frizz.’ When the hair is dry, use your hands to scrunch in a light, leave-in con­di­tioner.

BLOUSE, DION LEE; SWEET NOTH­ING

EAR­RINGS, MA­NIA­MA­NIA; EAR CUFF, EMELLI

BLOUSE AND SKIRT, DION LEE; EAR CUFF, EMELLI; SWEET NOTH­ING

EAR­RINGS, MA­NIA­MA­NIA

MAIKO TOP, THIRD FORM; SILENT SIREN

TROUSERS, ALICE MCCALL; SWEET NOTH­ING EAR­RINGS, MA­NIA­MA­NIA; BEAD DI­A­MOND RING, LUCY AND MUI

DRESS, ZIM­MER­MANN; EAR­RINGS, EMELLI; RING AND NECK­LACE, LUCY AND MUI

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