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A Romantic Twist — Braided Updos at Diego Binetti’s Spring/Summer 2010 Runway Show

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To channel the free-spirited, carefree, romantic vibe of Diego Binetti’s  Spring/Summer 2010 Collection, Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin developed a “modern, textured twist on structured braids.” As you can see from these photos, these aren’t Pippi Longstocking braids, nor are they cheerleader-ready, perfectly symmetrical french braids. In fact, it’s the airy, informal, blithe spirit of these braids that makes them so romantic and beautiful.
From the wispy strands peeking out of the twisted braids to their unexpected positioning, and voluminous shape, these braids seem to fuse together the regal quality of Grecian-inspired, braid-accented chignons, and the serendipitous, gypsy-esque  ease of free-flowing manes accentuated with braided, side-swept strands.
To get the look, Dunkin applied Sebastian Professional Thickefy Foam to damp hair, spreading it evenly, and then blow-dried the hair with a medium- to large-sized round brush, setting it with velcro rollers. After allowing the hair to set, Dunkin took out the rollers’ pins, applied Microweb Fiber to give the hair greater malleability, and clipped the top half of the hair to the side. Next, he French braided the bottom half of the hair, starting behind the left ear. To create a carefree, slightly mussy look, he then took pieces from the top half of the hair and twisted and pinned them to the braided lower half. By doing so, he added volume at the top of the head and also molded the French braid to give it greater texture and the appearance of fluid movement. He finished the look with Shine Define for a lustrous glow.
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