Hair How To: Chiffon Highlights

Chiffon Highlights: Temporary + Tres Chic

If highlights seem too permanent or you’re just looking for a fun, unique way to spruce up your springtime ‘do, take note from Aveda lead stylist Odile Gilbert who created looping braids and twists, finished with a chiffon ‘flower,’ at the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week show in New York.

With slick hair in the front and a mélange of braids and twists incorporating scraps of fabric gathered into a flower in the back, the simple yet sophisticated style, inspired in part by the 1970’s (as most spring trends seem to be!), is young, playful and gorgeous – and a look you can get on your own, at home!

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How To DIY Chiffon Highlights

Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother™ for smoothness and to tame flyaways. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a strong, clean part on the right side of the head and then blow dry straight using a Mason Pearson brush.

Pull hair tightly back and separate into four sections along the nape of the neck. Spray each with Aveda Air Control™ Hair Spray for shine and flexible hold.

Tie a long ribbon or piece of fabric—in a shade close to the hair color—around the top of each section of hair.

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One section at a time, braid the fabric through the hair and secure at the bottom with an elastic. Leave excess fabric out at the bottom of each braid. Spray each braid liberally with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

Collect all four braids and tie the fabric into one large bow at the end to create a ‘flower.’

Pull the fabric ‘flower’ upwards and secure at the nape of the neck with hair pins, creating beautiful braided loops stemming from the flower. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

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