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Crushing On Badgley Mischka’s Woodland Nymph Hair

This year, summer wedding season has overflowed into fall (some of us have been to three weddings in September alone!). Needless to say, we’re running out of updo ideas. But at last week’s Badgley Mischka show, we spied a romantic look that we’ll be adapting for our next event.

Both the collection and the beauty took inspiration from the 1935 A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream film adaptation. Created by stylist Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil, the hair was a direct reference to one of the movie’s stars, Olivia de Haveland. “There’s a scene where she’s a woodland nymph and wearing an old gossamer wig; she’s white-blonde, everything is back-lit, and her hair is looking very dreamy and chiffon-like,” said Gray.  

To create the “glamorous but accessible” updos, Gray first diagonally side-parted the hair and prepped it with Moroccan Oil soon-to-launch Volumizing Mousse. Next, he used a crimp tool very lightly all over, “literally just to give hair that separation and texture and to make it fluffy.” Then, he created a small loose braid  in the middle of the back of the head that ran from ear to ear. Using the braid as a stabilizer, he started to loop and pin all the free pieces of hair up into the braid. As a final touch, he added thin hair extensions tapped to bobby pins for extra wispy-ness and pinned fabric flowers along the top of the poof. 

—Meredith 

Once you have your updo in place, keep it there with a hefty helping of good hairspray

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