How to: Aminaka Wilmont’s elfin hair

The final womenswear show at LFW, design duo Aminaka Wilmont’s much anticipated spring 2012 collection was shown at the heart of London fashion week – Somerset House. Based on Scandinavian folklore, adding elements of fairytales and elves, this was a collection of beautiful juxtaposition. Featuring delicate prints in a metallic, monochromatic colour pallette on a sleek, strong silhouette.

This followed through perfectly with the hair which was created by Kenna, Creative Director for ghd, and his team. Here they worked a strong centre parting for precision finish. Creating a contrast of the smooth, poker straight texture in the front with a corrugated, frizzy wave through the back. “It’s fantasy meets modernity” explains Kenna, “while the strict centre parting nods to a certain constraint, the way in which the hair is tucked behind the ears also references the ‘elfish’ element of the show.”

Want to recreate the style for yourself? Find the full how-to guide after the break.

How to create the elfin hairstyle

Prep the hair so it’s easy to work with. Kenna and co used ghd Total Volume and Curl Hold Spray.
Take a centre parting, then section off a diagonal back section from mid recession to the top of the ear. Clip these sections away.

animaka wilmont hairstyle spring 2012

Spray the front sections with ghd Straight and Smooth, then straighten with a ghd styling iron.
Create 5 small plaits at the back of the head (1 at the crown in diagonal sections, then 2 rows to create 4 more).

animaka wilmont hairstyle spring 2012

Heat the plaits with a ghd styler to set the wave.
Once the plaits have cooled, unravel them to release soft, slightly frizzy waves.

animaka wilmont hairstyle spring 2012

Leaving a small panel in front of the ears, tuck the remaining hair behind the ears to expose them.

animaka wilmont hairstyle spring 2012

Finish the style with your favourite hairspray. Backstage the ghd team used ghd’s Total Fix Spray.

Our thanks to Kenna at Kennaland and ghd. As with any style, if you’d like more detailed instructions simply let us know in the comments below. You can also view more behind-the-scenes photos from the Aminaka Wilmont spring / summer 2012 show by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Main image: Imaxtree. All backstage images courtesy of ghd.