Get the look with Great Lengths educator Raphelle Saint Curtis

Lauren Great Lengths

The fabulous handiwork of Great Lengths Educator Raphelle Saint Curtis popped up on Instagram recently, so we asked her to pick her favourite looks from her feed and tell us how to recreate them. Here’s the results:

mixed textureMixed texture

I created this look for Salon international and intended for it to be one that stopped people in their tracks as they walked past the stage. The idea was for it to incorporate all the mixed trends we see on the catwalks and show how Great Lengths has the versatility not just to be used for commercial and in-salon purposes.

  • A loose wrick-tack technique was created at the back, leaving out the top half of the hair from the crown up.
  • For the middle section we used a mousse to create a slick ponytail, which was tied with elastic to ensure security and tightness. We then twisted the hair around the ponytail to create a sleek bun.
  • The next section up on top of the head we split in two creating to sleep ponytails, both of which we bent forwards and tied tightly to create a loop effect, not a bun.
  • On the lower down loop we wrapped the excess hair around the base of the ponytail and pinned in place.
  • The loop further forward we created a fringe type effect with the excess hair.
  • With this hair at the front we ‘S bended’ with straighteners to frame the models face.

casual wave great lengthsCasual Wave

Applying Great Lengths bonds gives such a natural textured finish. This allows you to style in such an effortless way. 

  • Start sectioning the hair in half. Starting at the nape of the neck, using a medium size tong or wand, tong the hair vertically.
  • Carry on throughout the hair, ensuring the last sections around the front of the face are tonged coming away from the face.
  • For a textured look, don’t brush out and just use your fingers to separate, before spraying with a strong hold hair spray.
  • For a soft finish use a soft bristle brush by spraying hairspray onto the brush and then brushing it through.

soft and elegant great lengthsSoft elegant ponytail

Suitable for weddings, events, runways. Accessories are perfect for adding excitement to any ponytail and the great thing about ponytails is, they never go out of fashion and there are so many ways of styling them. 

  • Start by tonging large sections with medium tongs, vertically in one direction. The reason for this is as you dress it out, the hair will all sit together in a glamorous Hollywood wave.
  • Using a bungee for extra security and tightness, create a ponytail at the base of the neck. You can add extra volume on top by back combing/teasing the hair around the front of the face then smoothing over back into the ponytail.
  • Once the ponytail is fastened, take a 1-inch section of the hair and wrap around the base of the ponytail and pin in place.
  • Using a soft bristle brush, spray hairspray onto it and then brush through curls to create a soft finish.
  • Add transferable pearls starting at the top of the pony tail and working down. 

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