LaunchPad - February 2012 - (Page 36)

RUNWAY REPORT Aveda Kink Straight Antoinette Beenders fuses straight with zigzags at Christian Siriano. That oft-tapped inspiration, flora and fauna, is the starting point for designer Christian Siriano’s fall/winter 2011 collection. But rather than celebrate nature’s brighter florals, he concentrates on its darker side using the ominously named Dracula orchid as his muse. A predominantly black palette of scalloped and pleated fabric overlaid to appear like bursting petals, infinitely ruched ball skirts and inky orchid prints carries the theme to beautiful—and gothic—effect. Yet the hair is anything but heavy. Aveda lead stylist Antoinette Beenders crafts “flat kinks” utilizing a series of steps to achieve an interesting zigzag pattern. “It’s a simple wave, and we’re using a cool technique to get there,” Beenders delights. “We’re sectioning hair into three or four equal amounts and then braiding it.” Before getting down to the plaits, she preps hair for blowdrying with Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair ( Once hair is smooth, she creates a deep center part and delineates her sections for each braid, starting the plaits at the nape of the head. “You don’t want to braid the hair all the way to the end,” Beenders notes, securing each braid two or more inches from the ends with an elastic tie. The reason: She wants the ends to be noticeably straight. A misting of Air Control Hair Spray allows the plaits to retain their shape, but Beenders has other plans to reinforce the kinks. She clamps down a flat iron multiple times at lightning speed through the length of the braid, even running the iron up and down the plaits to roughen them. “We’re doing this with really quick ‘bumps’ of heat because we don’t want any rivet [lines of demarcation],” Beenders explains. She then begins pulling the braids apart, tugging at random points. The effect allows the kinks to morph, distort and flatten all the more. Once the hair is released, Beenders uses her fingers on some girls to break up the waves and on others, she uses a Mason Pearson Brush. “These are beautiful waves that are neither too beach nor too glam. They’re pretty in the simplest way,” she says. Agreed. —Karie L. Frost 2.12 Images: Runway: Andreea Angelescu; backstage: Jon Gurinsky for Aveda

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LaunchPad - February 2012

LaunchPad - February 2012
Editor's Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
First Look
First Person
Inside Story
Brand New
Color Lab
Tool Talk
20 Questions
Salon of the Month
Beauty 911
Saving Face
Quick Tips
Only Hue
Free Launch
Dry Spell
The Devil's in the Details
Advertiser Index
Look of the Month

LaunchPad - February 2012