Strong but feminine, this is how Redken Hair Director Richard Kavanagh envisioned the Jayson Brunsdon woman for spring / summer 2016. Anchored by a French pleat, the androgynous hairstyle pays homage to the 1950s, while having the overall textured look borrow inspiration from the ’90s supermodels.

Textured, messy, one-of-a-kind, this is the look you’ll want to rock this summer. Discover the full, step-by-step tutorial, after the break.

messy french pleat how to

How to: the messy French pleat.

If you have fine hair, you’ll want to use a thickening treatment on your locks before proceeding to build up this hairstyle, and layer with a volumizing foam to create the feel of fullness and density. Richard Kavanagh recommends the Redken Cerafill Dense FX Hair Diameter Thickening Treatment and the Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam.

If your hair is medium/coarse, prep the locks by applying a lifting spray at the roots, and layer with a volumizing spray foam to achieve the desired effect. Richard Kavanagh used the Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray and the Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam, both by Redken.

Messy french pleat hairstyle

Next, proceed to blow-dry the hair using a high heat setting until the hair feels completely dry, to create the texturised fullness serving as foundation for this look.

Once done, push the hair back off the face and pull the sides of hair to the center of your head, right at the back. Gently holding the hair, split it into two equal sections and fix them with clips. Fold the first section into itself towards the centre and secure it with bobby pins. Do the same thing on the other section of hair and pin it into place, somewhere at the middle.

Messy French pleat hairstyle

To achieve the same modern, messy feel seen on the Sydney runway, proceed to pull out small sections of hair around the hairline and allow them to frame your face.

Messy French pleat hairstyle.

To finish off the style and fix it in place, use a light mist of a strong hairspray all over the locks. This will also provide lasting hold. Backstage at Jayson Brunson, Richard Kavanagh used Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray.


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