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02-13-10 | Posted by

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AVEDA lead stylist Odile Gilbert created a modern twist on the Brigitte Bardot “pouf” using Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray at the ORGANIC by John Patrick Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week show in New York.

“Our collection this season is centered around big, beautiful hair that makes our hand-woven tweeds look happy. Despite some inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Lady Diana, and Brigitte Bardot, the hair look is modern—very young and fun, not polished or structured.”  — John Patrick of ORGANIC by John Patrick

Their inspiration for the look was pure retro. “John Patrick and I were inspired by the idea of a young girl seeing a gorgeous, Brigitte Bardot-esque hair look in a magazine or on TV and trying it on themselves. It’s very spontaneous, cute, and modern. The look involves a messy pouf tamed by Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray and a French twist in the back. The volume is impulsive and a little undone.” —Odile Gilbert for Aveda

“This look is especially beautiful for evening. Tease hair with Aveda Control Forceâ„¢ Hair Spray and place a hairdresser’s sponge on the crown of the head. Twist the sides of hair over the sponge from left to right, then pull the top section of hair over before securing with hair pins. Bring a piece of hair in front across the face and pin it in place, finishing with Aveda Control Forceâ„¢ Hair Spray.”— Odile Gilbert for Aveda


1. Brush through hair and prep with Aveda Phomollientâ„¢ Styling Foam to add body and shine. Use a comb to create a left side part.

2. Divide hair into four sections: sides, back, and top. Fold the top section over the face and clip back to separate.

3. Backcomb the back section of hair with a brush to create messy volume. Spray liberally with Aveda Control Forceâ„¢ Hair Spray for maximum hold.

4. Create an anchor by crossing bobby pins horizontally across the middle of the back section of hair, just below the crown of the head.

5. Using large hair pins, attach a hairdresser’s sponge at the crown, where bobby pins are anchored.

6. Cross the right section of backcombed hair over to the left, pinning over the hairdresser’s sponge with large hair pins. Repeat with the left section of backcombed hair, bringing it to right. Take all remaining hair in the back section and twirl to the left to create a French twist. Secure the twist at the nape of the neck with hair pins, creating a tail of loose hair draped over the shoulder.

7. Set aside a portion of hair to fall in front of the left ear, and brush remaining top section of hair over the hairdresser’s sponge,  Pin it into the French twist to create a “pouf.” Pull lightly with fingers to create loose, spontaneous volume. Spray with Aveda Control Forceâ„¢ Hair Spray.

8. Leave wisps of free falling hair in front of the left ear, and loosely pin remaining pieces above the right ear. Finish with Aveda Control Forceâ„¢ Hair Spray.

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