"When you wear a hat, you want a style that still looks good when the hat comes off," says T3 stylist Orlando Pita, who created a sleek, half-up, half-down look to complement the dozens of hats at the Carolina Herrera show. A twist on the classic schoolgirl 'do I wore every day in eighth grade (before I discovered the bun), Pita's creation looks more polished, thanks to his expert blow-out. He starts with a thickening spray and reveals that most issues (thinness, dry ends, a tendency to frizz) can be remedied with the right product. The problem is, most women don't use enough. He suggests dividing the hair into quadrants: Create a middle part, then split the two halves from ear to ear so you have four sections so you can really spritz the crown, where you want the most volume. Pita meticulously combs through each section to get rid of tangles, then smooths the strands around a round bristle brush. "Hanging your head upside down and letting the blow-dryer blast your hair gives a rougher finish, like air-drying it," he explains. "If you want a salon finish, you need to use a brush and product to smooth the cuticle." A dab of styling balm on the ends to camouflage split ends, and my model's ready for the runway.
When Pita steps away from our station to check the other stylists' work, model Erin Heatherton comes by and asks me, "Can you put something on this?" She points to a bit of frizz around her hairline. Extremely flattered that she thinks I'm a pro stylist, I instinctively grab the grooming cream (a pea-size dollop rubbed between the fingers) and reassure her that the feathered hat she'll be sporting will cover the flyaways.