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Kristin Booker • September 10, 2014

New York Fashion Week Diaries: Textured Hair and Oxblood Nails at Edun

I’ve never had a chance to check out the gorgeous hair and makeup from Edun. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s the clothing line owned by U2 front man Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson. The clothes are always clean with a focus on fabrics ethically sourced from Africa to promote trade on the continent. The makeup and hair are always so pretty, and I love the message of the clothing line, so I took my weary self over to check out the hair and makeup.

Models backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

First up are the nails, which were crafted by the amazing Nonie Creme. Nonie is the original genius that helped make butterLONDON a worldwide sensation, and she’s about to get back in the game again in early 2015 with her new company, Colour Prevails. This oxblood nail was her idea.

Me with the amazing Nonie Creme backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Me with the amazing Nonie Creme backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

“I know that people always tend to go for bright, cheery colors, but I think there’s something really refreshing about a darker nail polish in the spring and summer,” she said, with all of us journalists nodding in agreement, then bursting into tears that we can’t buy this shade (made custom for the show, but there’s a sneaking suspicion it’ll wind up in the first collection) until Winter 2015. Check back for more news about Nonie. Any product that woman creates will be gold.

Models backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Models backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pecis working on a model backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pecis working on a model backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

And now, let’s talk hair. The Zulu knot created by James Pecis for Beauty.com is a really beautiful way to secure your hair when there’s humidity or you’ve honestly run out of patience for one more blowout. This works with the natural texture of hair to sort of tame the overall shape without completely manipulating your texture. It’s pretty lovely.

Pecis used PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray from roots to ends on wet hair, then roughly blew the hair dry with a T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i and….

A tiny emotional note here: T3 cannot ever go out of business. They are the magic that makes the world of hair run, and all of us who love blowouts and heat styling would go running into the streets in sackcloth and ashes, the products are so good.

But I digress. Back to the style.

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

..the magic lies in the application of PHYTO Professional Glossing Cream. Apply it to your hands, rub them together and then through your hair, using your fingers to rake your hair back. The look you’re going for is  natural texture with a lot of textured separation. It shouldn’t be smooth and perfect. You have Drybar for that. This is about you handling your own hair for the day.

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and secure the base with an black bungee elastic by wrapping it twice and then closing the ends at the crown of your head like a headband.  PHYTO Professional Workable Holding Spray is next and should help add grip to your ponytail as well as the hair where the headband sits. If it’s sliding around, hide a couple of bobby pins at the temples to keep it in place.

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S'15 during New York Fashion Week.  September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Pecis creating a Zulu knot on a model backstage at Edun S/S’15 during New York Fashion Week.
September 7, 2014. Photo: Kristin Booker

Twist the pony into a zulu knot by splitting the ponytail in two and twisting the two sides around each other all the way to the ends, then twiriling the joined twisted ponytail until it starts to coil. Keep twisting and wrap the coil around the base, securing with an elastic at middle and or around the base. Tuck the end into the elastic and you’re done.

Pretty, right? I think I might try this one next week after I get my hair done. Stay tuned….

 

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