After a slew of models took to the Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear runways with slick, saturated strands at Jason Wu, Stella McCartney , and Céline, I was instantly compelled to recreate the look; But with my hereditary North African genes (Read: wild curls,) rather than achieving the polished, sleek look spotted on the Balmain models, I looked as though I had just stepped out of a ‘90’s sitcom with my crunchy, gelled curls. It was then that I decided to tap celebrity hairstylist, Jenifer Yepez who has ten years of backstage international fashion show experience under her belt for tips. With a loyal checklist of celebrity clients, that include bombshells Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Alessandra Ambrosio, Yepez— who splits her time between her salon in New York and JetSet in Dubai— reveals how to achieve fresh-out-of-the-shower hair.
“First and foremost, those with natural curls should never use gel,” stressed Yepez, “That’s just going to make it curl up even more.” Instead, she suggests opting for a lightweight mousse, listing Oribe’s Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse as a bathroom counter staple. “To mimic the look, start by blow-drying clean, damp hair back with a flat brush.” The trick, she says, “Is to slowly add small amounts of mousse from the roots to shaft as you blow-dry to avoid the slippery look.” Once your hair is dry, Yepez recommends spritzing the front with a generous misting of hairspray. “This holds your style in place, while keeping lengths soft and touchable.” To create the glossy, wet effect, slather your strands with a helping of shine serum. You can leave your hair as is, or twist into a minimal knot, single braid or double plaits (à la Simone Rocha) to make a splash.