For a beauty lover, there’s no greater high than having the opportunity to sit in the back pocket of one of the most talented and sought-after celebrity hairstylists in the industry. In addition to being a super-sweet human (I’ve had the privilege of meeting her), Laura Polkoroutinely works with an impressive roster of our favorite names—from the Hadid sisters and Priyanka Chopra to Ashley Graham and Poppy Delevingne. She collaborates with equally talented and sought-after makeup artists on the regular, and she’s been responsible for some of the coolest, most screenshot-worthy beauty moments we’ve seen over the past few years. (Who could forget that chic French twist she styled for Poppy Delevingne earlier this year at the Critics’ Choice Awards?)
Since we’re making it our mission here at WWW Beauty to bring you the most exclusive beauty intel from the most exceptional industry talent, we couldn’t wait to tap Polko for behind-the-scenes photos and detailed how-tos for three of the coolest accessorized hairstyles she created during NYFW. From her exact technique to the must-have tools and products, we have the scoop from Polko, in her own words, below. Keep scrolling!
Step one: To start this look, I prepped damp hair with texture spray and starting blowing out the hair with my T3 Professional Round Volume Brush 3″ ($40) and my T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer($229). I used the volume booster switch on the dryer and an extra touch of texture spray to ensure the look wouldn’t look too polished or “done.” The goal was for Debby’s hair to look tousled with texture.
Step two: I blew out the hair starting in the back and went all the way up the head, using one-and-a-half-inch sections. Then, I used one of the 1.75-inch hot rollers from my T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe ($119) at the crown of the head and let cool.
Step three: Next, I created a middle part and worked my way up with the dryer on the front sides. For these front pieces, I directed my round brush and the dryer forward and diagonally to create a nice swoop of the hair around the face. I then used two of my other hot rollers and set the two front pieces to keep the volume at the front.
Step four: Once the hair was set and cooled in the rollers, I took them out and used a dry texture spray all over to give it a little more hold. Lastly, I put the headband on, about one and a half inches behind the start of Debby’s part, and fluffed up the hair in the back.