Great Gatsby Pin-up
1. Prep damp hair with a smoothing cream or serum, like Shu Uemura’s White Tea Polishing Milk.
2. Blow-dry hair with a large, round, boar bristle brush for a smooth and voluminous finish.3. After blow-drying, create a deep side part to one side of the head, about 3-4 inches from the natural part.
4. On the fuller side of hair, collect a 3-4 inch section that goes from the forehead to the middle-top of the head and separate it. This section will be used at the end of the steps and should be the thin, top layer of the hair.
5. Pull the rest of the hair into a tight pony-tail at the nape of the neck, using a comb or brush to smoothly fasten your locks.
6. Slowly twist hair around the elastic; starting in the middle and moving from the right to left side, making a full-twisted bun.
7. Tuck the end strands underneath the bun and use bobby-pins to gather in all 4 sides.
8. For a looser look, Nick suggests using the pointed end of a comb to push into the up-do, and pull the hair outwards. This will loosen up the hairs and give the bun a relaxed hold.
9. Once the bun is complete, take the separate strand (from step 2) and straighten it with an iron so that when it is curled, it will have a clean, crisp appearance.
10. After straightening, coat the section with a pea-sized dollop of gel for better hold and enhanced shine. Nick recommends using L’Oreal Professionel’s Golden Modeling Gel.
11. The easiest way to make the wave is to use a hot tool deep waver on the strand of hair. However, to avoid extra expenses, Nick believes a straightener or hair curler will do the trick just as well.
12. Simply wrap the hair loosely around a thick-sized curler (or straightener) for a few seconds.
13. Once the curl is made, tug it out so it unwinds into a wave.
14. Pull the wavy strand over the ear and pin it underneath the bun to hide the ends.
15. To finish up, use hair spray to hold everything together. Nick’s favorite spray is L’Oreal Professionel’s Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray, which keeps hair in place for this classic 1920’s look.
The Head Band Beehive
1. Prep hair with a texture-enhancing spray. Nick’s go-to is Shu Uemura’s Fiber Lift.
2. Blow-dry hair with a large, round, boar bristle brush for a voluminous finish.
3. Separate hair into two sections: half up and half down.
4. Start with the bottom section and brush the hair over to the lower left side of the head and pin in place.
5. Once secured, fold the same section back over top of its pinned pieces and tuck it underneath itself (so it forms a ‘French twist’ like structure) at the middle-back of the head.
6. Pin all pieces in place—this will create an elongated, French twist-like structure.
7. From the top section, sweep small strands from the sides of your face into the twist using a comb. To prevent these pieces from falling out, Nick suggests combing the hairs with Shu Uemura’s Shape Paste.
8. Now take the remaining top section of hair and prep with hair spray.
9. Begin backcombing each section by repeatedly brushing or combing the hair towards the roots. Nick recommends using a fine tooth comb during this process to create the most volume out of the tangled hair.
10. When all top strands are completely backcombed, gather the hair as if to make a pony tail above the twist and create the desired shape and fullness of the beehive. Use the back end of the comb to help shape the structure.
11. Tuck and pin the ends under the side of the chignon.
12. Lastly, Nick likes using Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray to tidy up any loose hairs
13. Place a simple white headband to bring together this stylish bridal look.
1. Blow-dry hair with a large, round, boar bristle brush for a voluminous finish.
2. If you have naturally curly hair, Nick suggests straightening your hair to guarantee that the new curls are clean with no frizz. Before straightening, Nick recommends using Shu Uemura’s Protective Thermal Spray to prevent heat damage.
3. Part hair on the preferred side of the head.
4. Starting in the back, select a 1-2 inch portion of hair.
5. Using the straightener, clamp down onto the hair near the roots of the head.
6. Wrap hair around the iron once, and then flip the iron over, rotating it 180 degrees.
7. Pull straightener down full piece of hair and release. This will leave soft, natural looking curls. Nick notes that by pressing lightly with the clamp (just enough to loosely hold the hair), curls will look weightless and voluminous.
8. Curl the pieces from the back to the front. Nick instructs to flip the straightener the same way each time so the curls go the same direction.
9. To create the small puff in the front, tease the strands right behind the first layer of hair located above the forehead.
10. Pull the first layer of hair over top of the teased pieces, and comb together.
11. Curl the final front strand to complete the look.
12. To ensure that the curls hold throughout the day, Nick suggests lightly spraying the hair with a medium hold hairspray. He loves Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer.