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HOW-TO: Ryan Roche’s Attached Ponytail by Rudi Lewis

Ryan Roche Woven Fashion Week Ponytail by Rudi Lewis

Ryan Roche’s F/W 2016 NYFW show was a feast of delicate pinks and blush tones complemented by soft, draped textures. To finish the look, Rudi Lewis created an elastic attached ponytail that sat close to the head in the back and was soft and airy through the front.

“There wasn’t a huge reference for this look,” says Lewis. “The collection is a lot of knitwear and volumes, so I didn’t want to do a big shape with that: [Ryan and I] agreed on a small head.”

Ryan Roche Woven Fashion Week Ponytail by Rudi Lewis

“We definitely wanted something that looked modern. The problem is what do you do with the hair once you pull it back? Is it a bun, a chignon, a ponytail, a braid? I didn’t want any of those things, I just wanted something modern and sharp- nothing too romanticized. I like to think it’s a little Japanese, it has a Samurai feel in the back, then just wisps that soften around the face. [To get the wisps], we just let little mistakes in their haircuts shine through in the front and then it’s more architectural in the back.”

Ryan Roche Woven Fashion Week Ponytail by Rudi Lewis

“When it comes to the people that assist me, I always tell them the same thing: there are only 3 or 4 hair techniques in existence and you can use them in so many different ways to create millions of different hairstyles. It just depends on how you want to tell the story.”

Ryan Roche Woven Fashion Week Ponytail by Rudi Lewis


  1. “Blow dry the hair and spray PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray throughout for a soft, fluffy look. For added texture, use PHYTO Professional Intense Volume Mousse.
  2. Flatiron the hair using PHYTO Workable Holding Spray.
  3. Sculpt the hair into a ponytail at the crown of the head, leaving the sides smooth and the top soft and malleable. Keep the hair flat and controlled.
  4. We’re going to take a large hairpin and thread it through the nape of the neck, then we’ll take a piece of elastic and pull it through the pin then thread it through the hair at the nape.
  5. Work PHYTO Phytolisse Ultra Glossing Finishing Serum throughout the ponytail for a glossy finish.
  6. Tie the ponytail down at the nape of the neck with the thread that was woven through.
  7. Then we use a little bit of PHYTO Volume Actif to create this light airy texture at the front. We just blowdry and shape all the little baby hairs in the front to create an airy texture with a lot of movement- a freshness in the front.
  8. Then I’ll just spray some PHYTO Phytolaque Soie on a large fluffy kabuki brush and sweep some of the hair away.”

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