Replicate runway looks with simple, trendy DIY hairstyles

Emily Harris, Contributing Writer


Trying to emulate hairstyles seen on runways can often seem like a daunting task. However, the textured and messy looks that are popular in the fashion world right now make having runway-ready hair much easier.

The Topknot 

Marchesa featured the ever-popular topknot with extra volume to create a look that was simultaneously high-fashion and easy-going. Using Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray ($5) can help you achieve the texture needed to make the topknot look truly effortless. Spray an even amount into your hair, pull your hair into a high ponytail and wrap it into a messy bun using bobby pins to hold it in place. Unfortunately, gravity takes its toll over time, and hairspray is needed to keep this messy ’do alive. Give your top knot a quick dust of Moroccan Oil’s Luminous Hairspray ($9) to keep your bun in place and give it extra shine. Wear this style with second-day hair and it will be even more textured and easy to work with.


Another style that made its mark while still being DIY-friendly is braided hair. Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter ’14 added an extra twist by putting them into pigtails. All you need for this look are hair ties and Batiste’s Dry Shampoo ($8). Dry shampoo is great for those days when you are in too much of a rush to wash your hair, and it creates the perfect texture needed for a tight braid look. Using tiny elastics that match the color of your hair can prevent hair ties from distracting people from your look, but hair accessories can also work well with this style. Marc by Marc Jacobs kept it clean and classic with a black headband. 

Braided Bun

A dramatic hair trend created by Carolina Herrera, the braided bun, combines the two styles above to create a braided and stacked bun that resembles a hat Herrera wanted to use for her collection. To prep your hair, a healthy dose of OGX’s Coconut Milk ($6) will add shine and give your hair a silky smooth texture, making it easy to work with and look flawless by the time you are done. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and tie it off with a hair elastic. Proceed to braid your hair whichever way you prefer — French, fishtail or any other type of braid will work. Make sure to secure the braid and stabilize the bun. Then, gently pull out some hairs from the braid to loosen it up and create more volume. Similar to a regular topknot, pull the braided section into a bun and secure it with bobby pins. You can also do several sections of your hair in smaller braids, rather than one large one, to play around with the look and volume.

 A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 4 print edition. Email Emily Harris at [email protected].