We were lucky enough to get some fall hair tips from celebrity stylist and Salon Capri owner, Nicholas Penna Jr. Nick tells us how to style an elongated pixie and a coiled braided bun that can be worn daytime and evening, two of his hottest looks straight from the red carpet.
With the popularity of the pixie cut last summer, Nick has had many clients requesting an elongated version of the look as their hair has grown out. This longer spin on the pixie is hot for fall with its bold cut and texture. Think Girl With The Dragon Tattoo meets fashionista Victoria Beckham to get a sense of this fierce but posh cut.
- Begin this look in the shower with a protein-spiked shampoo for extra strength and shine. Nick swears by Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin Complete Nutrition Shampoo, which adds extra nutrients to your locks. It leaves hair soft and shiny with a lightweight finish.
- Before blow-drying, run a volumizer through your hair with your fingers. Nick likes Shu Uemura’s Fiber Life Protective Volumizer for natural shine, lasting support, and protection from heat and external agressors.
- Use a round brush for a smooth blowout. Nick advises blow-drying small sections of hair, beginning at the back of your head. This section is always the dampest, so tackle it first and then move to the front.
- This look is all about how you style the cut. As you grow out your pixie cut, ask your stylist to add extra texture so you can play up your layers and angles.
- To finalize this look, you’ll want to use a weightless spray to define and hold. Nick’s go-to spray, Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray, won’t disappoint.
Coiled Braided Bun
Nick gave us the scoop on a coiled braided bun that he loves for both a daytime and evening look. This slicked-back style is the perfect transition into fall from the laid-back braids of summer.
- Starting this polished, sexy look is simple: carefully brush out all the knots in wet hair. Nick recommends that this hairstyle is easiest to start on smooth, untangled hair. When you’re in the shower, apply a dime-size drop of conditioner so when you comb your wet hair, it doesn’t get knotted and broken.
- Apply a shape paste or gel to your towel-dried hair. This product will help to keep the style in place and stop pieces from falling out as you begin to create the look. Nick’s go-to is Shu Uemura’s Shape Paste.
- Use a paddle brush to pull hair back into a tight ponytail and secure with an elastic. You want to make sure that you don’t miss any loose pieces of hair.
- Begin braiding the ponytail into a regular braid and secure with another elastic.
- Coil the braided ponytail around the base of the ponytail to form the bun. Secure with bobby pins every ½ inch of hair.
- To make sure that the look stays sleek and chic, Nick uses his favorite spray, L’Oreal Professionals Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray, which will keep hair in place all night!