Runway to Real Way: 3 Hairstyles You Can Steal From NYFW 2016

Luckily for hair lovers like us, Fashion Week isn’t only about the new clothing collections. Bold beauty looks reign supreme on the runways each season, and we absolutely adore watching models try on complex styles.

Of course, not all the ‘dos you see on the runway always translate to real life, but there’s a way you can make these super cool ‘dos work for your 9-5 lifestyle.

We tapped three hairstylists for their expert take on these runway manes to give you an idea of how you can rock them IRL. Up first, though, we got the brains behind these snazzy NYFW hairstyles to tell us how to recreate the looks.

Suno’s Statement Accessory 

Odile Gilbert (for Kérastase Paris) crafted these statement ponytails using an array of products from the brand and of course, a pretty velvet satin ribbon. The end result? Enviable texture that works for the runway and the office hallway.

SUNO - NYFW Hairstyles
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Get the runway look:

Step 1 : Start by prepping hair in the shower with Nutritive Bain Satin 1 and Nutritive Lait Vital.

Step 2: Apply the NEW! L’Incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion (Launching in May) all over damp hair and Crème de la Crème only on ends.

Step 3: After parting hair down the middle, roughly blow dry. Once dry, apply Powder Bluff at the roots (for greasy roots) or V.I.P (for extra volume).

Step 4: Pull locks back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic. To achieve a lived-in, natural look, gently loosen hair around the nape of the neck.

Step 5: Spray entire head with Laque Dentelle.

Step 6: Get your ribbon ready and wrap the ponytail, crisscrossing the ribbon down the hair. Once you’re 3/4 of the way down the ponytail, tie the ribbon.

Step 7: Score a flexible, versatile hold by spraying Laque Dentelle all over.

Work the look in real life:

  • Cortney Peck, stylist at Boston’s Jeffrey Lyle Salon: “Braiding a ribbon in instead of wrapping it will look more like an everyday look.”
  • Christine Healey, hairstylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City: “I would just wrap the fabric or leather at the base of the pony for the first two or three inches, and leave the pony sleek and shiny.”
  • Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist, QVC:Adding ribbons and fabric to your hair is a great way to add a feminine touch! This look is perfect for a brunch, party or even night out. You can be creative with the ribbon by tying a simple bow, wrapping it around to hide the ponytail holder or even integrating it into a braid. Look for fun fabrics that complement your outfit.”

Ulla Johnson’s Bold Braids 

We’ve been digging the never-ending braid trend for a few seasons now (thanks Katniss Everdeen!) and are always looking for ways to switch up our favorite plaited look. So when we saw these fun braids, we were definitely intrigued! Esther Lengham (for created the look using products from PHYTO and The Beachwaver Co and has us seriously considering upping the ante on our everyday braid game.

Ulla Johnson - NYFW at Ulla Johnson, NYFW FW16, Industria Superstudios, Thursday February 11, 2016. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano

Get the runway look:

Step 1: Start by spraying dry locks with water to dampen and apply PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray all over.

Step 2: To get a nice smooth hairline, use The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Ceramic Styling Iron.

Step 3: Part hair to the left and hit it with a blast of The Beachwaver Co Pro Dry (coming soon to

Step 4: Now it’s time to split your hair into two sections and create a diagonal part through the back of the head.

Step 5: Starting at the crown of the head to right behind your ear, French braid locks along the diagonal, then repeat on the opposite side.

Step 6: Lend your look some extra texture with PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Finishing Spray.

Step 7: Next, use bobby pins to gently pin the two braids.

Step 8: PHYTO Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil will add the perfect finishing look to your strands.

Step 9: All that’s left to do now is embellish your style with a tassel just like on the runway!

Work the look in real life:

  • Christine Healey, hairstylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City: “I love braids done in a modern way, just like this. To translate the look at home, I would part down the middle and cornrow both sides evenly, à la Kim Kardashian. You can cross them and pin in the back like this, or leave as is.”
  • Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist, QVC:”The Beachwaver Co. was actually a hair sponsor for this show and all our tools were used to get this smooth cool braid. This look is a new take on French braids. If you aren’t a master braider, you can create two French braids and pin one over the other. This makes a simple braid more interesting. A key to making a smooth root is using a blow dryer downward to close the cuticles and reduce flyaways.”
  • Cortney Peck, stylist at Boston’s Jeffrey Lyle Salon: “A softer way to wear this would be to pin the braids up into each other to create a bun in the back.”

Prabal Gurung’s Twisted Ponytail

A twisted ponytail that looks like a heart? Yep, we’re down for that. Anthony Turner, lead stylist for John Masters Organics, sure did have us crushing on his romantic mane creations at the Prabal Gurung show and even though they might look totally runway ready, we’re pretty confident that we can rock the look IRL too.

Prabal Gurung - NYFW Hairstyles
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Get the runway look:

Step 1: Work in John Masters Organics Volumizing Foam at the roots of damp hair to give locks some height.

Step 2: Now it’s time to spray the rest of hair with John Masters Organics Sea Mist Salt Spray with Lavender.

Step 3: Use high heat and blow dry strands, scrunching in an upwards motion and working hair back with your hands rather than a brush.

Step 4: Take each side of hair, twist them into themselves, rolling each tightly and securing with an elastic at the nape of the neck.

Step 5: Pull down on the ponytail with your hands and rough up the front a little to make things look a bit more unkempt.

Step 6: For the final step, lightly mist hair with John Masters Organics Hairspray.

Work the look in real life:

  • Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist, QVC:This is a great way to spice up a ponytail. Divide into two sections, twist each side and secure with an elastic. To make it even more secure, you can dip the ponytail through.”
  • Cortney Peck, stylist at Boston’s Jeffrey Lyle Salon: “A more basic way to wear this is a simple Topsy Tail.”
  • Christine Healey, hairstylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City: “[This look] works best on day old or two day old hair that has some texture. Start by using a dry texturizing spray to further rough up the hair’s texture. Roll hair into itself and use hair pins along the way to secure. Gather into a low pony, gently tease the ponytail and you’re done.”