Backstage with Aveda & Charles Youssef Fall 2016 NYFW: Get The Look

Backstage culture is hectic and infatuating. Charles Youssef was my first backstage experience (that I was specifically covering) of the season, and I’ve almost forgotten how tight things can get. After meeting with a few of my fellow NYC fashion bloggers who were already there snapping away, I set out to document the experience. Everything goes straight to “work mode” as soon as my camera is out.

Unlike last season, I left the notepad at home and decided to document things as they happen with video and voice recording. I do love to use my notebook, but not when I’m doing photography simultaneously. Plus, with the freezing weather and the enormous amount of layers, I tried to minimize how much I’m carrying around.

As far as the look, the season brought a lot of architecturally Zen pieces at Youssef. To play off of the Japanese vibes, Aveda Global Creative Director, Antoinette Beenders, created what’s called a “Zen pony.” I overheard her mention a geisha, but ultimately the look is all about serenity and flow juxtaposed against the fragility of precise angles.

To get the look:

Step 1: Prep hair with Aveda Thickening Tonic and blow dry to a smooth, full base.

Step 2: Apply a generous amount of Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil into the palms and apply throughout hair to add texture and shine.

Step 3: Flip head over and loosely gather hair away from the nape of the neck and upwards.

Step 4: With hair gathered, use an elastic to secure ponytail 3″ from the base of the head. Flip head back and let ponytail fall naturally.

Step 5: Take a section of hair near the elastic and wrap around elastic to hide it. Secure the end of hair with a bobby pin. Set the look with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.

The Products:

Photos with Hair Steps:
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Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.


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