If you're (barely) surviving the heat wave like us, reaching for your hair dryer/straightener/curling iron/jaws of life first thing in the morning is the absolute last thing you want to do. We chatted up Camille Albane's US Artistic Director Nicolas Tisler (who is very suave and very French and wore fabulous turquoise trousers and a pristine white shirt in 95 degree weather) and he taught us how to do the chic top knot style that we've seen all over the red carpet but had no idea it was easy as pie to replicate.
Our lovely model, Erica, has naturally curly shoulder-length hair with lots of layers and sat down in Tisler's chair with wet tresses. She usually hits her hair with a blow dryer and an iron before her curls set in but Tisler swept them up into a sleek bun that can withstand any weather-induced frizz without a touch of heat.
How to: The "it's too hot" top knot
1. Start with clean towel-dried hair.
2. Work a dollop (about the size of two quarters) of molding gel (Tisler used 'loreal Professional Or Graphic Golden Modelling Gel) into the hair.
3. Use a padded brush to smooth and gather hair toward top of the crown of your head.
4. Secure tightly with an elastic. (Camille Albane uses these very cool bungee-style elastics that hook into the hair for a custom fit.) Give your ponytail another brush for a sleek effect.
5. Tuck the pony under to create a loop, and then wrap the end around the elastic. Secure with bobby pins. (This is much easier than it sounds, refer to our Tout to see Tisler in action.)
Erica spend the rest of her evening out (with me, eating sushi, if you wanted to know) and her air-dried curls braved the Hub's humidity without any stragglers.
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Camille Albane (and Tisler) can be found at 252 Newbury Street, Boston, (617) 379-3220.