criss cross up do

Criss-crossed up-do.

Some hairstyles are all at once simple and ingenious; the kind that don’t take many steps to create and yet it’s never quite crossed your mind to create them. We leave those ideas to the professionals – like the Toni and Guy hair team who we met with backstage at the Gregory Parkinson spring 2014 show in New York.

Intended to be youthful, pretty and just a fraction unkept, this spring 2014 hairstyle involves crossing the hair back and forth to create an elegant yet effortless up-do. The lace ribbon just caps it off perfectly.

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The steps.

1. For this style to hold well, you’ll want a bit of texture in the hair. Prep the hair by spraying in a sea salt spray like Toni and Guy’s Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Let it dry naturally or blow dry using your fingers to keep the texture.

2. Divide the hair down the middle so you have two main sections to work with – left and right. Section the top part of the hair off to get it out the way: you’re going to start working from the bottom first.

3. Take part of the hair from the bottom left and cross it over to the right, pinning it in place.

4. Next, take part of the hair from the bottom right and cross it left, pinning it in place.

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5. Keep working in this way, crossing sections of hair over from left to right then right to left, until all the hair has been pinned back. The number of times you’ll need to do this will depend on the length and thickness of your hair.

Note that if your hair is long you’ll also need to tuck the strands under as you pin them.

6. Let a few strands loose around the face to soften the look and frame the face.

7. Spray the hair with a flexible hold hairspray to keep it in place without making it too stiff. At Gregory Parkinson, Toni and Guy Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray was used.

8. To finish the look off, tie a lace ribbon around the crown and fasten it at the nape of the neck.

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Thanks to Diana Lucia and the team at Toni and Guy Hoboken for sharing their steps with us backstage.