Wasson, Lacroix and the perfect plaited pastel updo

I’ve always had a soft spot for Erin Wasson and when I saw her in Bullett with my favourite ever hair, the spot became even softer. Erm…

Christian Lacroix’s Spring/Summer 2009 Couture show features my favourite use of clip-in colour, combining punky My Little Pony flashes with tightly plaited ballerina crowns – all the better for showing off those earrings.

Erin’s 2012 update combines the same slick sides and vertiginous updo with pastel colour, although her braid is pretty immaculate contrasted with the fluffy finish of the Lacroix style.

Anyway, I love it and here’s how I’d do it.

Hershesons Instant Highlights are half price at the moment and come in an excellent array of shades – pink, lilac, baby blue and red, as well as more natural finishes. They couldn’t be easier to use and if you wash them and care from them properly, they should last for ages too. A hairdresser once told me that an older supermodel (I actually forget who it was) kept her wigs in silk stockings – I have since kept all my extensions in a pair and they still look smashing, so take that tip and run with it.

My man Patrick Cameron is the king of hair-up and his accessories will make all your styling easier. The Halo Pad is great for making your updo enormous and is squidgy enough that you can ram any amount of pins in and it will still all stay in place. I also recommend the Crown Lift Pad if you want to do a beehive without any effort. Pat Cam is king!

Alternatively, if all that seems like too much effort, the lovely people at Hershesons also do a devilishly clever device called the Twisty – which is also half price at the moment. It’s only available in natural colours but if you want a plaited updo in 30 seconds flat then this will make life much easier for you.

[Pictures: Erin Wasson via Fashion Gone Rogue]

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