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A Modern Take on the ’60s Big Hair Trend at Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 Show

Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera‘s romantic, ladylike, sophisticated designs almost unfailingly involve an enchanting fantasy element that’s irresistible without becoming so esoteric and elusive that any accessibility is hopelessly lost in translation. Her Fall 2012 collection was no exception, with bold colors like poppy red, eggplant purple, metallic lilac, black-and-white, and icy teal; interesting textural juxtapositions; smoldering but elegant silhouettes that accentuated the contours of the female form without ever appearing smarmy or lascivious; elaborate embellishments ranging from feathers covering crocheted sleeves to ribbon overlays in cage-like patterns; and silhouettes that ranged from boy-hugging pencil skirts to cropped jackets, V-necked chiffon cocktail dresses, and voluminous strapless ball gowns.

Hair stylist Orlando Pita, working for Moroccanoil, sought to create an equally sophisticated but modern look for the Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 show, settling on a voluminous ‘do with a bit of a 1960s vibe thanks to the bouffant-like shape. Since big hair has been making a huge comeback in recent seasons (just look at Adele’s hairstyles of choice as a reference point), this look is anchored in the past but also reflective of the cultural and aesthetic norms of the present time. To make the look appear even more youthful, Pita incorporated headbands into his work — which, as anyone who saw the Golden Globes can predict, are likely to make a big comeback this year.

To create the look, Pita started by blow-drying hair, spritzing Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to strands while lifting the hair from the root  using a large round brush. Once the tips of the hair were pin-straight, Pita placed the headband around model’s necks so that they would be easier to slide back onto model’s heads after proper teasing and styling.

The volume essential to the final look was achieved by separating the hair into 1/2″ sections and backcombing strands, starting at the nape of the neck and working toward the front, spritzing each section with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong while teasing it thoroughly.

Next, Pita gently brushed all the hair back, smoothing out the look and spraying even more hairspray while doing so. Focusing on the front of the head, Pita applied more pressure with his brush along this area, thereby flattening this area a bit so as to accentuate the volume at the crown.

The headbands that hung loosely around models’ necks were then pulled up and positioned behind the ears so that the front would stay flat and the back would be further emphasized. Most models wore their hair straight along the back but, to add some diversity, Pita did loosely tie bows above the ends of some of the model’s manes, creating a low ponytail of sorts.

Check out images of the backstage action after the jump!

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