Hair How To: Chic Parisian Up-do

With so many events on the horizon we tapped into the creative genius behind Olivia’s hair during her Parisian travels, Benjamin Pinon, to teach us a chic and easy up-do that lasts from day to night.

For this look, the idea is to create a chic up-do made of laces and braid details throughout the hair. Starting with a simple blow out using a round brush, I use a quarter size amount of design foam from jean-louis david to give body and a little lift at the roots. This will also help to keep frizz at a minimum and keep the style as if it was just done all day long.

Time for step two. I make a deep side part by lining it up with the eye and pulling the rest over and pinning to be used later. This is then followed by making a separation from the top of the head going from ear to ear and pin it to be utilized later as well. From here, I divide the back part of the hair into two little ponytails, attaching low, right at the neckline and keeping it secure with invisible silicone rubber bands. Next, take the two pony-tails and twist them together, pinning so that it appears like two laces in an 8-shape at the bottom of the neck (see slideshow for the look).

For the last step, take each side and braid it starting just behind the ear, this way, the details are only visible along the profile and from the back. Then, I include the two braids within the figure-8 of laces previous created. To finish, I add two drops of Abolu de Lumiere from Franck Provost Paris to bring just a touch of shine and a splash of Infinium Pure hairspray from L’Oreal for hold.

About the Author

Growing up in his mother's salon he took as her apprentice at just 15 years old and at 18 traveled the world to experiment with different philosophies and techniques to expand his skills and knowledge. However, it was in Paris that he started his career in the fashion industry working on shows for over a decade with Orlando Pita. From there he started to work with high fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, L'official and Glamour. In 2005, he moved to NYC to work with celebrities like Sharon Stone and photographer greats like David Sims and Juergen Teller as well as campaigns with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Herve Leger, etc. Now based in Paris, he's working with the brand FRANCK PROVOST PARIS creating visuals and hair collections. He also is a consultant for tv shows like The Voice and Dancing with the stars. His only goal in beauty, make women beautiful and sexy but real! Check his work on and on instagram @benjamin_pinon