Quick At-Home Hairstyling Lessons
With social distancing in full effect and many of us on lockdown, online life is the new normal. With this comes a whole new set of challenges for our self-image, especially when it comes to hairstyling. A strong digital presence is now a professional imperative, so why not show the same level of polish you bring to the office?
Judith Matloff, a crisis journalism professor at Columbia University and author of the forthcoming book “How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need” encourages dressing and looking as we would under normal circumstances. “If you look put together, you feel more in control,” Matloff advises.
Online conferencing invites a whole new level of self-scrutiny when you can see yourself talking on screen. While it’s unlikely that you'll be changing your haircut anytime soon – and you may be desperate for a color touch-up, there’s always styling to help you put your best face forward, even if you’re wearing your best sweats. We asked Taylor Bond – an accomplished editorial stylist who earned her chops while assisting legendary stylist Christiaan – to share professional-level styling tips to help frame your face and even have you looking cute in a Beanie. So set your station up and gear up for a styling clinic to help you look good on video calls.
Before we get started, here is what you’ll need:
A chopstick or a tail comb
A curling iron
Undressed or a texture spray
Hair Balm or a leave-in conditioner
Bobby pins and a clip
A section of hair extensions
The Dutch Braid
Frst up is a classic style that’s making a comeback: the double Dutch braid. This style looks even better when it’s not too perfect. In fact, you can count on Taylor for real-world, wearable hair (running time: 16:39). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R42aJYsHJGk
French Braid with Extensions
Next, learn how to use a hair extension to create a snaking French braid when you wish you had a bit more length to work with. Done well, these braids can last for days. (running time: 16:39). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnOTVckjJXY
Last up is a 3-in-1 lesson focused on looks for wearing a beanie: cool, full waves, a loose side-braid, and a one-clip updo that preserves curl in wet weather. Great tips for you quick-change artists. (running time: 16:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O4DmDLNvTo
Setting the stage
Once you’ve got your hair looking great, be sure to show it off in a good light, literally. Rather than letting the computer screen bathe your face in a in ghostly, murky light, choose an area in your home with an uncluttered background – colleagues will be less prone to virtual snooping – and make sure you benefit from some warm lamplight. Tip: Be the first to arrive on screen so you can check yourself out.