And hair stylist Miki had a back-up plan or two up his sleeve just in case the look he and the Inglorious Basterds actress had been planning for days didn’t work out.
But after the celebrity hairstylist made the final touch on the stunning low pony chignon, Miki and his frequent collaborator and friend, Diane, knew they had a winner.
“We looked at each other and go, “okay, that’s it.” It was beautiful. We went for it and it was the right choice,” he tells Hello! Canada. “She really has a good sense of style and she likes to be involved.”
The model-turned-actress is so hands on, in fact, she even did her own make-up for the bash, a soft smokey eye and pale pink lip that sparkled next to her art-deco inspired Hugo Boss by Jason Wu dress and glamorous hair.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
STEP ONE: Starting with clean, damp hair, Miki applied a tennis ball-size amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Life Foaming Air Mousse, combing it through section by section. Once the hair air-dried naturally, he spritzed a shine spray to protect from styling damage and to add gloss. He blow dried hair smooth with a double bristle brush.
STEP TWO: Miki then took a medium-barrel curling iron to the front pieces on the sides of Diane’s face to soften the look. “We wanted it wavy, instead of having it too severe pulled back and tight.” (Because Diane’s hair is about shoulder length, once hair was blow-dried, he added 18 inches of extensions. “It needed more length to do that sculptured style.”)
STEP THREE: Parting the hair in the middle, he pulled her hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. He teased the ends, spraying with a flexible hold hair spray, and then brushed it out to add some texture before tying it with another elastic at the bottom of the ponytail.
STEP FOUR: To achieve the architectural chignon, Miki wrapped the ponytail around a cylinder foam roll until it reached the base of the neck. “When I was done rolling, close to the base, I opened all the hair from the outside to give it that sculpture,” he tells us of fanning out the hair to create the shell shape. He secured the look with pins underneath, spraying hair spray along the pins to keep them in place. A dollop on shine spray finished the look “because I wanted a nice textured shine on that chignon.”
- Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray, $8, drugstores, vidalsassoon.ca
- Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray, $8, drugstores
- Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Round Brush, $84, salons, moroccanoil.com
- Sephora Collection Bunette, $9, sephora.com