The models of Thom Browne and Todd Snyder have shown us a thing or two about good hair at this week's NY Men's Fashion Week. We caught up with Jimmy Paul and Sabrina Michals, Browne and Snyder's head hairstylists respectively, to talk about the process of getting one's locks to be that luscious.
Browne's "Officeman" collection featured sleek, '50s-era combovers that gave a classic, athletic, all-American vibe. To achieve this "classic Olympian" look, Paul explains, he starts with Bumble and Bumble Prep spray ($6). "It's not super, super strong. It's flexible." Next, Paul wets the hair: "Instead of using water, I use the BB Gel ($26). It just makes it really easy to work with and comb."
To finish, Paul uses Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray ($26) for hold. The hair is combed back into a slick, timeless 'do. And if hair is extra dry, he'll use a B&B Quenching Complex ($31) for maximum moisture. Voila! Check out the timeless look:
Sabrina Michals worked with a different aesthetic in Todd Snyder's Spring/Summer show. The collection called for a more natural, tousled look that she achieved by using B&B's Grooming Creme ($30), BB Gel (the same as Thom Browne's choice) and Thickening Spray ($29) in damp hair. "Adding that all in," explains Michals, "They can comb it through, let it air dry and go brush their teeth or something. Then come back and put a little bit of DrySpun ($16), which mattes out the top of the hair." Michals is keeping the hair looking airy and dry on top, while the sides are sleeker and shinier. Check out the look below.
Another crowd pleaser in the scalp department was Rochambeau, with head styling by Colin McCarthy. The collection was inspired by Michel Foucault's essay "Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias," i.e. spaces and ideas being more meaningful than they may originally appear. McCarthy went with a cool, glossy, schoolboy-type vibe to complement the collection. He made a sharp side part, blow-drying Thickening Hairspray in for structure. A combination of Sumotech ($29) and Semisumo ($29) all over the head, worked in with hands, gave the hair hold and shine. "We wanted to mirror the metallics in the clothes and create a sheen so the hair has a really glossy finish," explains McCarthy. See the stylish shine below.
There you have it: professional tips on getting your hair to look like a New York Fashion Week models'!