We stopped by the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City, where expert stylists Jerome Lordet and Gilda Pastena gave us a step-by-step lesson on how to create three easy hairstyles, inspired by looks straight off the runway.
Inspiration: Valentino Spring 2012
First, choose your desired part — Gilda says that it can be in the middle or off to one side. Take a triangle-shaped section of hair right behind the ear on each side using a comb. Beginning with one side, start doing a French braid (take a section, overlap it with some loose hair, and braid it), continuing all the way down.
Once you've finished one side, secure the braid with a rubber band. If you want the style to be a little loose and less fussy, Gilda notes that you can pull out small bits of hair while you're braiding.
With the free section of hair in the back, make a small regular braid.
Take the two larger French braids and twist them into a messy bun, securing them with bobby pins.
Here's how the French braids should look once you've wrapped them securely around each other.
Pull the remaining skinny braid around the outside of the bun that you made with the larger braids.
As a finishing touch, secure any fly-aways with bobby pins.
The final look!
Inspiration: Rodarte Spring 2012
Jerome suggests you begin by teasing a few front sections of the hair to give it a little height on top.
Pull the hair from the top of the crown, leaving most of it down by your ears.
Separate the hair you gathered into two sections. One will go under the other — secure this section with a bobby pin. After this step, the hair should look like a crisscross.
Now, you can twist both sections together, one on top of the other. Pin them up — it should look messy. Jerome says that you can play with the style: Twist the two pieces in a number of ways so that it looks unique. Secure these twists with hair pins.
Jerome's tip: Don't take too much hair to make the twists — most of it should fall down by your ears.
An example of the finished product!
Inspiration: Louis Vuitton Spring 2012
Gather your hair into a ponytail all on one side. You can put bobby pins in to secure it, starting at the nape of your neck.
Grab all of the hair in one hand. Put your thumb in the middle and twist it inward.
Secure the twist with bobby pins, starting at the bottom and moving upward.
Jerome's note: The more hair you have, the more of a challenge this will be.
Take the extra hair and wrap it around the twist, securing these fly-aways with hair pins and some spray. Don't worry — it should look haphazard and messy.
At the very end, make sure you've left some hair out so that it looks undone.