Kiernan Shipka can really do no wrong. At just 15 years old, the Mad Men alum continues to stun with her bold fashion statements and spot-on styling. Her latest outing at the Salvatore Ferragamo 100 Years in Hollywood celebration in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, Sept. 9, is no exception. Shipka stunned in paneled dress with architectural heels by the Italian fashion house. But the standout of the ensemble was her hair.
“We were inspired by some photos where the hair was in a sort of faux hawk,” Shipka’s hairstylist Kylee Heath tells Us Weekly. “We wanted it to look cool and youthful but soft.”
Heath insists that you don’t need a glam squad to mimic the style. “Creating this look with little ponytails makes it very easy to do at home,” she says. “They provide a strong foundation that keeps the hair tight so you can work on the details afterward.”
For Shipka’s style, Heath began by rough-drying her hair, and after used a round brush for volume. “I put the front middle section back in a velcro roller to give that area some height, but also to keep it out of the way for later,” Heath tells Us.
After the hair was dry, she sprayed it with Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray and curled random sections for texture.
Starting with the back, Heath sectioned off the left and right side (around the roller). Then with the hair directly behind the roller, she created a ponytail with an elastic. “I made a ponytail underneath the first one, and then one under that, all the way down the head until all of her hair was pulled up,” she says. In all, Heath had six ponytails at about one-inch thick.
After teasing each of the gathered hair, Heath twisted and knotted them together down the back of her head, and pinned them in place. “There was no set order here,” Heath says. “I just wanted them to flatter her head shape and be messy, but not too ‘rock n roll’ and still pretty.”
Once the back was set, Heath took down the front sections and released the hair from the roller. “Starting in the center, I pulled all the hair from the front into an inside out French braid,” she says. “After I finished the braid, I pulled it apart a little just to add texture. Finally, I twisted it back and knotted it like the ponytails, joining it with the lower ‘faux hawk.’”
To finish and set the look, Heath teased stray hairs and sprayed with Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray.
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