Sep 01 2015

As the Official Stylists of the US Open, Julien Farel runs a pop up salon at the US Open Tennis Tournament so the players can hit the courts looking camera-ready.  Hair Designer Louis Angelo shows us how to get this chic sporty hairstyle guaranteed to stay in place.  Gone are the days of messy gym hair.

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1. Mix Sculpting Gel and Smooth Crème (equal parts) and comb through slightly damp hair.  Usually on long hair, I use 1 oz of each.  Do not saturate hair, but put enough so you can tell product is there.

2. After distributing through the hair evenly, start to comb or brush all your hair directly upward.  *Hint: Throw your head upside down to make it easier.*

3. Now bring head right side up, smooth out hair, secure neatly and TIGHTLY with an elastic BAND into a high pony.

4. From the ponytail you have just made, separate a small amount of hair from the pony, braid it and wrap around the elastic band.  Tuck in and secure with a bobby pin.

5. For the rest of the ponytail, you have options: You can do a simple three strand braid, a fish tail or a rope braid. I chose a rope braid and tied the end with a clear elastic.

6. Hold your large braid up vertical, and gently roll it back down creating a beautiful shaped knot on top of your head. Secure with bobby pins.

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