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Written by Tania Braukamper

Renato Campora's hands move quickly; and in mere seconds a model walks away with a side ponytail of perfect barrel curls. We're backstage at the New York fashion week American Express presents CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Cardmember Only Show and Renato, lead stylist for Frederick Fekkai, is making the night's softly glamorous hairstyle look almost too easy to create.

The desired effect, Renato explains, is a look that's both young and effortless, but also sexy - with a deep side-part that frames the face, and the hair swept aside at the back showing off the nape of the neck, a sensual body part Renato reminds us.

Below you can find some how-to instructions of how to recreate this hairstyle for yourself, along with photos from backstage of the Frederick Fekkai team at work.

Backstage at CFDA/Vogue cardmember show 2011

How to get the look

Here's how Renato and the team at Fekkai styled the runway look using products from Fekkai's range.

  • On wet hair, apply Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm and blow dry the hair straight
  • Create a deep side part and apply Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Styling Whip for added volume
  • Add Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel then slightly tease the hair in 3 sections with the Fekkai Classic Brush
  • Curl the hair using a 1 inch curling iron leaving the ends out
  • Let the hair cool for about 10 minutes, then brush the curls out to create a natural bend
  • Sweep the hair to one side over the shoulder and spray with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray for all day hold and flexibility

curled side ponytail

For another variation on the hairstyle, keep the side-ponytail rather than wearing the curls loose.

For more backstage photos from the Vogue/CFDA show, click on the thumbnails below.

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