Mane: (n.) A head of distinctly long, thick hair. Addicts: (tr.v) To occupy or involve oneself in something habitually or compulsively.

Kendall Jenner : Taking Over Fashion Week SS15

We’re not the only ones who love Kendall Jenner right now.  This up and coming model has already graced the pages of Vogue and countless runways. While her staple hairstyle may be smooth and straight, her delicate features allow for her to pull off a variety of looks.  This year we’ve seen her dawn the catwalk in wigs, braids, body, and waves.  Impressed by what a natural she is on the runway, we can’t wait to see where she ends up next!

GIVENCHY : SS15

There comes a moment in life when you stop, look around, and just take it in. This statement holds true for last nights show at Givenchy.  As the music pulsed, our eyes were stimulated by the creative imagery.  The clothing held structure with a free flowing trail, and the hair was everything it should have been.  Lead hair stylist Luigi Murenu perfected the collection by keeping things minimal.  A sleek center part, exposed ears, and wispy ends whipped with each step down the catwalk.

Backstage was a bustle of energy where familiar faces (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Cara Delevingne) returned to a state of normality.  The bleached eyebrows that just seconds ago had made a bold uniformed addition to the collection, were now being dyed back to their natural hue.  As the hairdressers and make-up artists packed up and the room began to disperse, adrenaline pumping, it was clear that this was a once in a lifetime #manemoment.

Click here for a quick how to on achieving Givenchy like smooth strands.

All photos Credited to our #manephotographer Samantha Levi.

BTS How To: Smooth and Sleek

With the PFW catwalks of Balenciaga and Givency dawning models with smooth, shiny strands, we wondered how it stayed so perfectly straight.  We’ve found the behind the scenes tips to have you wearing model worthy locks in no time.

  1. Start by flat ironing hair form roots to ends in clean, 1/2 in horizontal sections.
  2. Use a small amount of Eclat Naturel and rubs palms together.  Smooth the roots down to avoid any fly aways and then run through the lengths and ends.
  3. Mist with hairspray (optional), then clip with no crease clips to keep the hair away from the face as it sets.
  4. Remove clips when ready and viola!  Beautiful, smooth strands the rest of the day.

Sebastien Richard for Christian Wijnants SS15 + Hairspray DIY

“Sugar water- it’s all you need!” #manemaster Sebastien Richard explained to us when we asked what products he used to create the messy and blunt low ponys for the Christian Wijnants SS15 show.  Sebastien has styled the likes of Cameron Diaz, Patricia Arquette, Chloe Sevigny, Naomi Watts, Mandy Moore, Jessica Biel, Pamela Andersen, and Kate Beckinsale as well as the models on countless runways.  Elle Magazine describes the Paris based stylist’s signature style as “healthy-looking megawatt frizz.”  These models definitely attested to his look with the illusion of airy long bobs from the front and loose textured low ponys in the back.  Another example of the popularity of the pony tail for SS15.  Pair this look with a hat for the perfect parisian style.

For all you crafty girls out there, we broke down the simple recipe for creating hairspray at home:

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional for added texture)

What to do:

Bring water to a boil then add in sugar or sea salt and let dissolve.  When cooled add to a spray bottle and mist in hair as you would a hairspray.

Keep in mind that less sea salt will create a light hold/flexible hairspray while adding more will create something stronger.  The sea salt adds added texture to the mix, so experiment with ratios until you find something perfect for your hair type.

A Backstage Staple, Balmain Session Spray

Paris has been a wonderful place for Mane Addicts to explore new products.  We got our hands on some Balmain Session Spray and let me just say- this is a new staple in our kit.  This versatile product is humidity resistant and perfect for flexible hold.  You may recognize this spray from our recent post on Kim Kardashion West’s Paris Fashion Week SS15 hair looks with Jen Atkin.  We broke down our favorite three different ways to use this wonder product below.

Kim Kardashian West + Jen Atkin for Balmain

It doesn’t take a genius to know that everything Kim K. West touches turns to gold.  With uncharted style and an aura that exudes the definition of goddess glam, we constantly find our selves asking… how the hell does she do it?  Fortunately, we can share the exact details of gaining #KKWstatus hair thanks to Mane Addicts Creative Director, Jen Atkin.  Exclusively for Mane Addicts hair junkies, she has laid out 3 looks and exactly how to achieve them.

Off the Face Undone 

  1. Prep damp hair with Kardashian Beauty Volume Foam; focus the spray from roots to mid.
  2. Create volume through the top by blowing out with an Ibiza Blowdryer and round brush.
  3. Use a Mason Pearson to backcomb at the roots for structural height.
  4. Smooth ends with a CHI Flat Iron, followed by Leonor Greyl’s Eclat Naturel.
  5. To finish, spray with Balmain Session Spray.

Side Part Sleek

  1. Apply Kardashian Beauty Blow Dry Cream to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry with a Mason Pearson in a downward direction for a no volume finish.
  3. Create a deep side part and flat iron sections.  Though the hair is already polished from the blowout, this step takes you to next level sleek.
  4. Tuck one side behind your ear and end by spraying Kardashian Beauty Dry Conditioner.

                Tip:  Spray the Dry conditioner on the palm of your hands and smooth over the side and top to tame any fly aways.

Front and Center

  1. Add Leonor Greyl, Gel a l’Hibiscus into damp hair and blow dry with a flat brush.
  2. Part your hair down the middle and use the flat brush to collect hair into a low ponytail; secure with a hair bungee.
  3. Straighten the pony with a flat iron and smooth with Eclat Naturel.
  4. Finish with Kardashian Beauty Hair Spray.

Cotton Candy Colored Manes

The Milan SS15 Fashion Launch Parade was a colorful one, with Kevin Murphy styling the hair for Myer.  These looks were probably the most colorful of the SS15 shows so far, with an air of the ethereal about them.  The manes were coiffed by Co-Hair Directors Nathan Gorman and James Nicholson, to mimic the waves of the ocean while channeling the glamour of 30’s and 40’s hair hair dressing.  The juxtaposition of modern pop art, graffiti, and classic sophistication gave the hair an otherworldly appeal.  While this may not be a look you would want to mimic [or it might- Halloween is just around the corner], we were inspired by the cotton candy pastel colors, so we rounded up some of our favorite temporary colors for you to streak without the commitment.

Kevin Murphy Color Bug – literally like a lipstick for you hair, simply open and rub the product straight onto the hair where you want to see a splash of color.  For added vibrancy, use the white first, then your color of choice on top.  Washes out easily with shampoo.

Rita Hazan POP Color – A temporary aerosal that dries in five minutes and washes out easily.  This is great for super vibrant colors and instant Katy Perry glam even on the darkest of hair.

Hair Chalk – You’ll need pretty light strands to get vibrancy from these, and they process may be a little messier, but using chalk makes it easy to blend and draw on colors with control.  Mix and match several and maybe even do a whole end of rainbow ombre!  You may want to avoid wearing white as this can rub off on your clothes.

Craving something a little more permanent?  Go to the experts: Aura Friedman in NYC and Danny Moon in LA.

Hair to Wear Where: A Walk in a [Parisian] Park

The Great Plait [Revisited]: Giamba SS15

If there’s one thing SS15 has taught us so far, it’s that braids aren’t going anywhere!  Orlando Pita nails it yet again with this variation of [Mane Addict's] Great [mini] Plait.  We love the edginess of the single cornrow, and the surprising twist of having it open in the front.  This look is especially beautiful when paired with the soft [bendable] waves featured here for Giamba during Milan Fashion Week.

Mane Master, Frederic Fekkai

Few people in and out of the hair world wouldn’t recognize the name Frederic Fekkai.  In the spirit of Paris Fashion Week, we are honoring this French native as a #manemaster.  Fekkai is a legend.  One of the biggest celebrity hair stylists of our time, styling the likes of Debra Messing, Arianna Huffington, Gigi Hadid, Nicolette Sheridan, and Delfina Blaquier.  Leading countless runway shows, and creating an esteemed brand and luxury salon, he has not only shined with his talents as an artist, but as a successful entrepreneur as well.  These days, his brand has employs amazing talents: including @jordimf22 and @marshalllinstyle, leading the Fekkai team through photoshoots, runway shows, and salon press.  BTW- have you guys checked out the Style Gallery on their website?!  Amazing!

Do you have a favorite Frederic Fekkai brand product?  We want to know about it!  Let us know in the comments!

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