I’ve had so much love pouring back to me about Esther Canadas’s hair in the recently published Vogue Spain cover shoot! So much so that I decided to share my method with all of you, so you can get that same lustrous feeling at home.
The first thing you should know: Esther has very thick, strong hair. She arrived on set with her hair freshly shampooed and blow-dried straight! I was hoping she would turn up with clean but naturally dried hair, so I had my work cut out for me in recreating a wild natural texture in her hair. I knew if I completely wet her hair it would take hours to dry naturally. So, I decided to use several techniques at once to recreate this organic wave.
I dampened the top areas of the hair where the hair was straightest and liberally applied my Iles Formula Finishing Serum from about 1 inch from roots through to ends.
I knew if I wet the hair down and allowed it to dry naturally, it would take hours to dry – time we didn’t have on a photo shoot. I also knew the photographer wanted to start with a WOW hair shot with wind(!). Thus, my task was to reproduce her natural hair movement in a way where the wind couldn’t remove the texture.
Next, I wound haphazard sections around 2 fingers in a twist movement toward the back and pinned them in place. Note that these sections were not very exact as I was creating an organic looking texture so I was also looking for little bits that stick out in the finished wave, which you often find in natural curls. I call this poetry within the hairstyle! In some cases, the ends of the sections were left out to maximize this effect.
Using the Dyson Diffuser I started drying the top sections of the hair.
As there was some kind of movement happening underneath the top layers, I sprayed the hair with my Iles Formula Curl Revive and started adding a heated tong to create natural waves. I used a twist and turn motion, which delivers a great natural texture. I dropped and ignored most sections to prevent too much movement until the Curl Revive spray dried.
Last, but not least, I dropped the hair down and sprayed a light mist of Iles Formula Curl Revive all over to blend the two techniques together. I only used my hands as my main tool all day. No brush and no comb.
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