Hair how to: clean & chic side part at Witchery

Straddling the space between timeless classics and modern sporty-chic is the spring 2013 collection from Australian retailer Witchery. The key story of the season is a monochromatic one: crisp white and pitch black facing off in a multitude of minimalistic ways, complimented by occasional bursts of colour and slick snakeskin prints. The collection – titled “Bold Vision” – was shown on the runway in Sydney last week, and it could only be considered mandatory that a clean, chic hairstyle be presented with it.

Jamie Furlan for L’Oréal Professionnel created a side parted hairstyle that mixed textures of matte and shiny, bringing a wet look to the top while the bottom remained dry.

Healthy hair is key to making this style work. “Summer can be torture on your hair with all the time you spend outside in the sun, sand and surf. So in the lead up, I always recommend using treatments to get your hair in shape for summer,” Furlan notes.

Read on for the full tutorial after the break.

side slicked modern hair

To make this style really work in a slick and modern way, you’ll need smooth, healthy hair. You can get this by applying a few drops of a hair oil. The teat at Witchery used a few drops of L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil through the lengths and ends to help smooth the cuticle and add shine.
Next, create a deep, clean side part by using the arch of your eyebrow as a guide.

side slick hair

Run a hair straightener through lengths for silky straight hair.
Secure the top lengths either side of the part to just behind the ear with gel. Furlan and team used L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.art Contorsion Fix.

Tip: Use a sponge to apply the gel if you wish to avoid comb marks and for the smoothest finish.

side slick hair

Finish with finishing spray through mid-lengths and ends for a natural looking hold.

side slick hair

This style is so simple to create it really needs no other steps; the key things to note here are to ensure the hair is healthy and smooth and with no fly-aways in order to work the chic, modern appeal to full effect.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.