Olivia Palermo's Twisted Pony Is Perfect for Your Next Holiday Party
Her hairstylist breaks it down.
Whether you’re donning cocktail attire or the best ugly Christmas sweater ever, how about adding a little latex to your next holiday party? Olivia Palermo’s pretty-meets-edgy hairstyle — created for "An Evening Honoring Valentino" at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala in New York on Monday — is the perfect accompaniment.
Hairstylist Lacy Redway says, because Palermo was wearing a romantic Valentino gown, “I wanted to completely offset that with an edginess of latex and the severity of a super-sleek, shiny rope braid.” To begin with, the stylist (who also works with Lupita Nyong’o and Jourdan Dunn) parted Palermo’s hair in the center and used a little R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse ($27) with a paddle brush to smooth it down. “To eliminate all flyaways, I added Moco De Gorila Punk Squizz Hair Gel ($3) onto the hair.”
To create the low ponytail, Redway used an Ibiza GL7 hairbrush and secured it with a bungee, then she wrapped a small piece of latex fabric around the base. Next came the larger piece of latex, which she cut to act as a headband and “really accent the ponytail. I just tied it in a knot at the nape,” she says. Finally, she created a rope braid in Palermo’s ponytail, using a little more gel and twisting two sections of the pony all the way down to the ends, which she secured with an elastic. Voila — edgy and pretty.