Stand Out Hair

elizabethbanks copyForget all the wonderful gowns on show at Monday night’s Costume Institute Ball, we’ve been checking out the best hair of the night.  Our favorite looks came down to two people, actress Elizbeth Banks and model Miranda Kerr.

We asked Matthew Monzon, the genius behind Elizbeth Bank’s cutting edge modern style, how he came up with the look. “Elizabeth wore an amazing Versace gold chain dress with a custom pair of Brian Atwood Shoes (who was also her date).  With the drama of the outfit, we didn’t want her hair to be too insane, so we tried to downplay it a little bit, but keep the punk effect.  We came up with a cool, sleek ponytail that had a sculptural effect when fused to the head with barrettes in the back.“  Matthew explains how he achieved the look:

  1. Spray a generous amount of a thermal protective shield onto damp hair.  Follow by putting a healthy amount of mousse throughout the hair(Monzon used Davines For Wizards No 3 Universal Mattering Mousse) along with a few pumps of oil on the ends.
  2. Blow dry with a big paddle brush to try to maintain the sleek straightness, avoiding any “bend.”  Add extensions, if desired.  
  3. Create a masculine, sleek square look in the front.  Once the squareness is established, pull hair into a ponytail at the crown of the head.  Do this by first focusing on pulling hair from the nape, then the sides, and lastly the top. Secure with a bungee band and take a 1/4 inch of hair and wrap it around to hide the band.
  4. Use 3x 2 1/2 inch goody barrettes and secure the ponytail at the nape of the neck, holding the ponytail to the head, which gives a good, strong structural shape.

miranda copyWe also loved the sexy soft waves on Miranda Kerr with two small braids at one side making the look super fresh and modern. She wore Michael Kors and attended with his partner.  Miranda’s hair was done by top Australian hairstylist David Keough. “The whole theme is modern punk. Miranda loves the signature style of glamorous, so we stayed along those lines, but infused some rocker by adding two braids on the side, which wrapped around and tucked underneath the nape of the neck.”  David explained how he got the look:

  1. While hair is wet, create a deep side part. Use a quick-setting hard gel throughout the hair to create a solid hold.
  2. On the side opposite the direction of the part, create 2 sections and french braid each section parallel to one another, wrapping them down around the head.  Tapering down to the nape, tie them off and tuck them under the rest of the hair.  
  3. Apply quite a bit of the gel mixed with a mouse throughout the rest of the hair as it creates longevity for keeping the looks. (Mixing the products is a trick Keough likes to use.)
  4. With the remaining unbraided hair, blow dry with a round brush.
  5. Using a 1 inch curling iron, separate and curl large sections.  Pin them up and let hair cool down, while makeup gets done.
  6. Pull the hair out and spray roots with a bit of primer (Keough used Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer) for a bit of lift and blow dry a touch.
  7. Finish off with hair spray to lock the look in.
The products David Keough and Matthew Monzon used to create these looks can be found at or at Barney’s. 660 Madison Avenue. New York. Tel:212 826 8900

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