September is a month of transition — transitioning from vacation to a new school year, and from one season to another. So how does one make a smooth hair transition without totally kissing the summer spirit goodbye and quitting it cold turkey? Well, Nick Stenson, Creative Director for jcp salon and Matrix, and Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell are here to help you get the perfect summer to fall hairstyle: a “some hair up, some down” fishtail braid look!
STEP 1: To prep the hair, use the Biolage Blow-In Control. This product is amazing for giving the hair flexible hold and and beautiful shine throughout the styling process.
STEP 2: Another product to use on the hair before blow-drying is the Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk. What is amazing about this product is the fact that it is a protein base. It is really going to seal down the look all the way to the hair cuticle.
This product will also add a lot of shine and it will easily blow-dry into the hair so there will be no slip or fly-aways.
STEP 3: For the fishtail braid, a lot of people think it is really hard, but it is actually very simple. Take two sections, start on the outside of one section and take a small piece and drop it to the center of the two sections. Repeat on the opposite side. Then take the two pieces that dropped into the center and cross and hold. Repeat the same movement till the end of the strands when you run out of hair. Secure with a small elastic.
STEP 4: Pin the braid on the top and the bottom to secure its placement as you wrap around the back of the head.
STEP 5: Finally, pin the hair from the opposite side to meet braid, pin the hair to continue the side ponytail look. This is where you create the 2-in-1 look where you can have it pulled up on one side, while allowing it to be down on the other.
STEP 6: To finish the look, curl the ends with a curling iron and apply Biolage Style Freeze-Fix to seal the look and you are done!
BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Photographed by Lisa Rose / Step by Step Tutorial by Nick Stenson