When we say “summer bun”, do you say “been there, done that”? Well trust us, Karlie Kloss‘s recent tousled knot is not like any you’ve tied at the top of your head before. And for this week’s issue of People, her pro Frankie Foye told us exactly how to trade in your typical sleek updo in favor of more textured look.
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Foye created the look for Kloss’ walk on the CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet in June. “It’s flirty, feminine and flattering, and even though it’s not super-tight, it still looks pulled together,” says pro of what has become one of her signature styles. “Your hair is up and away, but it isn’t gone. This is still a look, and a very chic one at that! The secrets to pulling off this “soft yet sophisticated” updo is prep, placement, and those “flirty” face-framing pieces. And she’s sharing exactly how she created the look on Kloss, below.
Step 1: Pump up your volume. “I want to make sure the hair stays full for as long as I need it to be, so how I prep it is very important. I started by applying L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Volume Inject Mousse throughout the hair, then I added the brand’s Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist just at the roots to create long-lasting lift and hold. Not everyone knows how to tease their hair (and tease it right) but this method is almost like liquid teasing. Then I blew her hair out with a big round brush.”
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Step 2: Ace the base — of your ponytail. “Because I’d brushed her hair so much during the blowout, I just used my hands to pull it into place. (If you don’t blow your hair out before trying this look, you’ll at least want to give it a good brush first.) I secured the ponytail where it lined up vertically with the the back of her jawline. Because you don’t want this knot too far forward or too far back, aligning it this way usually does the trick.”
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Step 3: Tie your knot. “I wove a loose knot, making sure to play with the shape because I didn’t want it to look like a ballerina bun. It’s almost nautical, so I wanted a sense of movement. Once I liked the placement of a piece, I would secure it with a hair pin. In summer, I would suggest using pins the same color as your hair for formal events. But for daytime, especially if you’re beach-bound, experiment with neon pins, which can be really cute.”
Step 4: Frame your face. “I finished the style by running a clean blush brush that I’d sprayed with a little bit of hairspray along her hairline from ear to ear so a few pieces fell out. The blush brush is my secret to keeping the hairline looking very soft. For Karlie, we keep it young and fresh.”
For more on Karlie’s awesome knot, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands now!
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