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Project Runway Alum Christopher Palu held an iconic show for his SS18 collection at New York Fashion Week. There was a new age “woman warrior” theme present throughout the lineup with leather cut outs and overlays reminiscent of chain mail, and the pèice de résistance being the Joan of Arc printed dress. To echo these styles, the hair was very unique, accentuating the sentiment of the show.


Wella Professionals Top Hair Artist Aubrey Loots was the mastermind behind the hair. Creating 20 distinct looks for 20 models, he incorporated braids of different styles and romantic waves to complete the vibe. “We looked at the clothing as armor and each hairstyle reflected the various outfits shown on the runway,” said Loots. “For this show, we wanted the braided styles to feel powerful without being feminine or masculine; it was all about making a statement,” he said.

And make a statement they did. Structured looks were softened with fringe as layered fabrics created strength in numbers as hair brought power or pliability where needed. Read on to go behind the scenes with Aubrey Loot and learn how to get the two main looks.


  • Prep the hair by layering strands with a heat protectant and a blow dry lotion.
  • Layer by layer, smooth out the hair with a hairdryer and brush.
  • For the braided looks, hair was sectioned off, braided and strategically placed to show dimension and movement.
  • Once braids are finished, be sure to accentuate your braids by applying pomade and a shine mist throughout to add texture and shine.
  • Finish the style with a finishing spray, like Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential


Loose Texture and Ponytails

  • The loose texture or ponytail that were styled on some of the models was created with the GHD Platinum Stylers and the Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential Hairspray
  • Finish the looks with the Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential Hairspray for light hold with natural movement.

Check out this hair inspiration and stay tuned for even more styles from Fashion Week!

Designer: Christopher Palu, NYFW SS18

Hair Artist: Aubrey Loots

Photographer: Ksenia Poulber