How to: dual textured hair

Combining two elements together can either work or fail when done in the fashion sense but a lot more often, the creative minds of designers are able to make opposites seamlessly come together. By doing this, they create something far more beautiful. For the Katie Gallagher fall 2013 New York Fashion Week show, Nick Irwin of Tigi showed his artistry by combining slick and wildly textured in one hairstyle.

The look for the Katie Gallagher show features the combination two hairstyles: first, slicked back hair and the second, a rear bird’s nest. Both styles work well on their own but what Nick Irwin came up with is far more striking and unique. Melbourne hairstylist Annika Bowen showed us the steps on how to get this dual textured look. Read on after the break to get the steps.

dual textured hair

How to: dual textured hair

Start by prepping you hair with Tigi’s Curlesque Styling Mousse to protect your hair and help you style at ease.
After prepping, you need to section your hair. Starting at your nape, take a horizontal section across head. Divide that section into smaller sections by taking vertical partings. You can do 2 or 3 smaller parting sections depending on the width of your head.
Now it’s time to start working on the textured part of the hair. Take one section and spray with Tigi look lock hairspray. Start twisting parting section until it loops back on itself creating a small bun. Fasten with pin curl clip.

dual textured hair how to

Secure and set the curl even more by spraying it with hair spray and then using a flat iron to clamp down the section. Continue doing this with all the other sections until you reach the top of your ears.

dual textured hair how to

Start dragging the sections back to create a build up of twisted sets at back of head in line with the top of your ears. While doing this, make sure all the hair at front hairline is brushed back for that slick look.

dual textured hair how to

Once your hair has cooled down, take the pins out of the twirls and brush them out using your fingers or a cushion brush.
To create the slick wet look in front, use wet look gel at the front hairline. Then take some bobby pins and create a line of criss-crosses from ear to ear across the back of the head. This should create a sort of division between the two textures of your hair.
Go back to the textured part of your hair and tease it with your hands to get your desired look. Keep in mind that it’s really supposed to be messy.

dual textured hair

Lock or set the look by spraying on some more of Tigi’s Look Lock spray.
Finish the look by taking out a small section that reaches the bottom lengths of hair and wrapping it around the bulk of hair leaving about 2 inches loose at bottom creating a half-pony. Secure it with a bobby pin and use hair spray to set the hair.
You can use your fingers again to create more texture on your bird’s nest and then spray on some hair spray to lock it in.

dual textured hair

This hairstyle is a perfect way to spice up any look especially if you want a sophisticated yet modern vibe. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, the two styles combined to create this hairstyle can be worn without each other. Maybe you can start wearing the different textures separately at first and then go dual after that.

Photos courtesy of Tigi.

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Melanie is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and writer who is always up for a challenge. This is probably the reason why she has immersed herself in the very dynamic fashion industry. She currently has her own couture business in her hometown of Manila, Philippines and confesses to being a hair and makeup junkie. She also loves all things D.I.Y and considers herself a bookworm.