To complement an impressive opening weekend for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW), Hair Director Kevin Murphy and his team of SESSION.STYLISTS created a structured, elegant hair look, inspired by Japanese samurai, to accompany the ethereal designs in the Opening Gala show.

PRIME with STAYING.ALIVE

PREP with BODY.BUILDER

FINISH with SESSION.SPRAY

MSFW: DESIGNER RUNWAY 1 from KEVIN.MURPHY on Vimeo.

PRIME and PREP the hair with STAYING.ALIVE and BODY.BUILDER and directionally blow-dry to set the direction of the hair back away from the face making it ready for a ponytail.

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Section the hair into 4 Sections:  create a V Shape from recession to recession to the crown, then a V shape section from the back of each ear on both sides, and the back section.

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Using SESSION.SPRAY place the back section into a high pony below the crown and tie off with a long piece of hat elastic.  Add both sides one by one, smoothing as you go and tie off for a flawless finish.

Once all the hair is gathered tie on a contrasting hair weft to the ponytail.

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Hold the ponytail at a 45-degree angle and apply a liberal amount of SESSION.SPRAY.  Slowly flat iron out to ribbon the hair and achieve shine and smoothness. Loop the hair around 3 fingers and tie onto the existing ponytail base with the hat elastic allowing the long ends to move to the lower right while the loop stays towards the left.

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FINISH by refining with SESSION.SPRAY and remove any imperfections to achieve a shellacked appearance.  Finally, cut the ends of the hair weft off flat and square.

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Images courtesy of Luis Murphy