How To Recreate The NYFW Hairstyles Worthy Of Your Obsession

Photo by Ilya S. Savenok
It doesn't require much time or effort to take these looks from the runway to real life. 

From super sleek ponytails to romantic waves, intricate updos and accessories, New York Fashion Week's Fall 2017 season gave us all the feels. Models dominated the catwalk in trends that have undeniably set the tone for a stylish spring and summer season!

So, how do we take those hairstyles from the runway to real life? Utilizing three of our favorite looks, I've constructed foolproof how-tos that are easy to mimic on textured hair. 

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The first look, from Tracy Reese's Fall 2017 presentation, stood out because of the juxtaposition of textures:

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How to recreate this look:

1. Begin with freshly washed, conditioned and blow dried hair. Be sure to leave the ends untouched

2. Prep your hair with a styling product that will moisturize and add some sheen, such as Cantu's Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion ($11, walgreens.com)

3. Using a rattail comb, create a middle part down the center of your head, ending at the crown region.

4. Starting on the right side of your head, smooth down that section behind the ear with a brush and firm hold, alcohol-free gel. Be sure not to disturb the texture at the bottom.

5. Repeat step four on the left side of your head.

6. Place a small satin scarf around the perimeter of the head for about 15-20 minutes.,

7. Take off the scarf and voila- you're done!

Maki Oh's "french braid surprise" is up next. Two french braids seem simple enough, right? What took this style to the next level were the left out textured ends, that offered a unique surprise we totally obsessed over! 

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How to recreate this look: 

1. Begin with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair

2. Using a rattail comb, create a part from the middle of your forehead to the nape of the neck. 

3. Moisturize the strands with an oil of your choice and mix with a firm hold, alcohol-free gel.

4. Beginning on the right side, neatly braid the hair down, being sure to stop about 3 inches from the end of the hair and securing with a small elastic rubber band.

5. Repeat step four on the left side.

6. Using a curl defining product, such as Curls Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout Glaze ($12, target.com), to define and moisturize those curls that will create the fun fluffy texture at the bottom!

Lastly, Alice + Olivia's so fresh and so clean, messy milkmaid braids left us daydreaming about all of the outfits we can rock with this effortless style!

How to recreate this look: 

1. Begin with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. For coarser, more coily textures, feel free to blow dry for added length.

2. Moisturize your hair with a light oil, such as grapeseed. 

3. Using a rattail comb, create a part from the middle of your forehead to the nape of the neck. 

4. Beginning on the right side, braid the hair down and secure with an elastic rubberband.

5. Repeat step four on the left side.

6. Bring the right braid up toward the top of the head and secure with bobby pins that match the color of your hair. Repeat on the left side. 

7. Begin to gently tug random strands of hair to create the natural, unkempt look.

Post your transformation and and be sure to mention us (@essence or @bukks), so we can gush over your style!  

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