“What makes this look new gen and cool is the teased roots and separated ends,” says Amos. He applied a blow-dryer to the teased roots, let the hair cool, then brushed it out. He then wrapped small pieces of hair around a large-barrel curl- ing iron, pulling the ends, after releasing, to stretch out each curl. Dry shampoo was applied to the roots for more texture, along with a hint of moisturizing cream on the ends for shine.
The bulky, teased base creates the volume of the larger side (two thirds of the hair). Amos smoothed the base of the other side with a cocktail of cream and gel before braiding the teased tail. Both braids were created with different- size sections. “The air pockets from all this teasing allow the curves and dips of the braids to form artistic structures.”
Amos began with a ponytail in “the unicorn position.” He teased two thirds of the tail, leaving the bottom third straight. The pony was divided into three sections. The larger, middle section was rolled from the ends to the base and secured with pins. The outer sides were braided into fishtail braids, then wrapped around the center roll. Amos tugged the center bun to make it bigger and mesh with the braids. He stresses the importance of texture: “Straight pieces spring out from the braid like little fireworks, con- trasting with the round shapes of the bun.”