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Milan Fall 2011 Fashion Week Hair Trend Report: Dolce & Gabbana


At Sunday's Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan, Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau finished Milan Fashion Week by creating two separate looks. One feminine, a Sicilian-inspired loose twisted chignon and the other a bit more masculine, a French twist with a '50s quiff. "The looks at Dolce & Gabbana were a classic interpretation of the femme fatale, where women played with their masculine and feminine sides--it is very fun and liberating. The feminine look is how I would imagine a Sicilian woman would put her hair up for the day in a soft updo - very matronly and womanly," says Palau. Keep reading for details on how to get this look and to see more backstage pics.

How To Create the Masculine French Twist Look

  1. Prep hair with generous amounts of Redken Structure 17 Classic Styling Wax.

  2. Leave out a section of hair at the front and pin this up into the '50s looking quiff.

  3. Part on the side and gather hair at nape of neck and twist up toward top of head pinning as you go up. Until all hair is pinned in.

  4. Pull out bits on the side just in front of the ears and let drop down 2 inches to create 'sideburns' and then secure remaining end of hair back into the rest of the updo.

  5. Finish with heavy amounts of Redken Forceful 23 hairspray to hold the look in place.

How To Create the Feminine Chignon Look

  1. Prep hair with Redken Layer Lift 07 Length Elevating Spray Gel to boost body and volume and roll 4 large rollers in crown portion of head.

  2. Take out rollers and create a big beautiful blow with messy center parting to help prep for the updo making sure to blow dry the front bang portion forward over the forehead.

  3. Lightly twist sections on either side until they meet in the back of the head and secure with pins.

  4. Gather rest of hair and twist into a very loose chignon pinning into a swirled chignon.

  5. Let bits fall out naturally around the face.

  6. Finish with Redken Forceful 23 hairspray for added hold, but spray lightly because you don't want the hair to look weighed down or heavy.

Images courtesy of Redken