First-Date Fierceness Inspired by New York Fashion Week
In the world of dating (dating, dating; not full-blown, longer-term relationships), less is generally more. Across the board. From social media stalking to divulging the nitty gritty about all the exes who've wronged you. The old 'less is more' adage can also be applied to your first-date look, from the footwear to the face. I can't tell you how many times guys have complained about meeting up with Masked Mabel (aka, the girl who wears too much makeup). They want to see the real you, freckles and all.
Because, impressions. They matter. You're putting yourself out there, not your sex. You are not the sum of your reproductive parts. So let's keep those on lock for the time being. I'm not advocating an androgynous aesthetic--get feminine with it, gurl. But maybe we shoot for more alluring, less Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus.
Since the fashion gods in New York are currently pumping out next season's aspirations and beauty looks to wear with them, I'm turning to them to help us out. And wouldn't you know it? I'm seeing a lot of... wait for it... less is more. That is, a simpler side to hairstyle.
There's an incredibly sexy deep side part that's made its way into a few shows. It's sophisticated, beautiful and polished. It's not oversized and distracting and it doesn't look like you've just been ravaged. Oh, and it's easy to do. What else is there, really? I've got three how-to’s to take you there.
Here, some first-impression fierceness to channel on your first date (and beyond).
Oh hey, wave:
Channel the edgy, effortlessly alluring vibe of Kate Moss and rock the look stylist Matthew Curtis created for Misha Nonoo.
- Pick a side, any side, and part the hair on the side, just above the inner eye. Apply a volumizing mousse like TRESemmé 24 Hours Body Foaming Mousse at the root, and work it into the hair.
- Firmly brush the roots and blow dry to keep the hair flat and smooth. Finish with a hairspray like TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
- Working with large sections, curl your hair vertically (meaning the curling iron is parallel to the floor). Do not curl the area above the ears.
- Run fingers through curls to loosen them and smooth out your roots. Lock in the look with more finishing hairspray. Boom. You’re ready.
Reem Acra—one of my all-time favorite designers—dressed her models in a romantic version of the side part. Stylist Didier Malige opted for an uber-sleek top with loose, flirty, natural-looking ends.
- Starting with damp hair, make a low side part above the eye, but don’t worry too much about how definitive the part is. Romance, as we all know, is messy.
- Douse your strands from root to end with a leave-in conditioner. Try René Furterer Volumea volumizing conditioning spray. The lightweight formula doesn’t weigh down fine locks.
- Diagonally sweep the part across your forehead but above the brow—it adds an air of mystery, no? Secure both sides of the head with clips for now.
- Blow-dry your whole head with a diffuser or with the nozzle down to minimize frizz. Apply a volumizing foam throughout, and comb a layer over the clipped front section. Allow to air dry fully.
- Remove clips and spray dry shampoo into the back and brush through. I’m obsessed with René Furterer Naturia dry shampoo because it adds volume and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
- Tuck your hair behind your ears and secure the end of side part section at the back of you’re head with bobby pins. Pull out a few whimsical strands in front of both ears to give it that flirty flow.
- Finish the front with a shine-enhancing hairspray, like René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray. Ahh, tré chic.
Once more, with volume:
The French know hair, amirite? (Helllooo, Bardot.) Didier Malige's modern take on a 1960s teased mane for Lisa Perry creates glamour without taking the attention away from your beautiful mug.
- Spray hair at the roots with a leave-in conditioner that adds volume, massage into the crown and spritz throughout. Try René Furterer Volumea volumizing conditioning spray.
- Blow-dry hair with a round brush for a smooth finish and follow with a flat iron to get it super straight.
- Create a four-inch part at the arch of your eyebrow and bring a front section of hair to the side. Tuck behind the ear and secure underneath the rest of your hair with pins.
- Lightly tease at the crown. Now, this is not as difficult as you may fear. The trick is dry shampoo. Namely, René Furterer Naturia dry shampoo (srsly, it's one of my FAVES). Spray at the back of the hair and brush through. Then, at the crown, spray each section at the roots before backcombing with a teasing comb or brush.
- Finish with hairspray. Voila!