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Beauty lessons: Zac Posen’s Grace Kelly-inspired updo
I’m a sucker for all things
Grace Kelly. Which is why I loved this hair style from Zac Posen’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. It’s the ideal romantic updo for weddings, big events, or even as a primped and polished office look. I went to the source of this pretty creation, Jimmy Paul from Bumble and bumble, to help us interpret this hair style just in time for spring.
The inspiration “I was looking at Zac’s inspiration board with lots of old photos and wanted to do something retro with a modern twist, so I came up with a slightly messy updo with finger waves at the front,” explains Paul. “It’s worn up, which is always good for the warmer months.”
Expertise level If you want to recreate the look straight from the runway, you’ll need to be seasoned in
DIY hair styles. But with a few alterations, you can have a slightly more casual and easier style. FYI, it’s easier to achieve if you have shoulder length or longer hair so it securely fits into a chignon at the back. If you do have shorter locks, adding in some extensions will solve the problem. “A beginner could use the same center part, but just keep her natural texture before putting it up. If you want to be more advanced, you can blow dry the hair first for smoother texture and if you’re feeling bold, go for the Marcel waves at the front.”
Key products “If you have fine to medium hair, start with a base of Prep and Thickening Hairspray. For coarser hair, I would recommend starting with Straight Blow Dry to help get a smooth texture.”
Paul’s step-by-step instructions on the next page …
Paul’s step-by-step tips
1. Start by blow drying with Prep and Thickening Hairspray (or Straight Blow Dry for coarser types) and a flat brush.
2. Next, use a ¾” curling iron all over to set soft waves into the hair. Create Marcel
waves at the front with your fingers and pin in place to set using bobby pins then mist on some hairspray.
3. While the waves are setting, brush the lengths of the hair back into
a low ponytail and twist into a soft chignon using large hairpins to secure. Leave the ends out for a carefree, touchable effect. Remove the bobby pins once the Marcel waves are set.
Take it from day to night “The less work you put into the look, the more casual it will be," explains Paul. "You could skip the curling iron set and keep it
soft and natural. Deconstruct it and make it soft — leave it down during the day in a ponytail then do the chignon for night.”