FASHION WEEK: Primal Updo at Katie Gallagher

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/13/2012 4:10:00 PM


Celebrity hair stylist Cesar Ramirez joined forces with Katie Gallagher as Lead Hair stylist for the designer's Autumn/Winter 2012 Presentation. The look was simply primal.

Cesar drew upon Gallagher's "Silent Soil" idea. "The look for the season is all about this organic woman, almost in an isolated Norse feminine world, and all her self-expression and power comes from her connection to the earth."

The hair reflects that vision. Cesar created shapes reminiscent of the forms found in the woods. The hair is swept to the sides and held in the back in weavings that evoke tree branches and roots. The front is disheveled, twisted to give the effect of patterns that abound in the forest. Overall, the hair has an intricate pattern with a soft finish, like something you would see in nature. The result is a cerebral reinterpretation of wildlife.


  1. Begin by spritzing the hair with the Davines Defining Texturizer. Then blow dry to create volume and part a horseshoe section at the top of the head.
  2. Brush the rest of the hair to the back of the head and pin it with Bobby pins; twisting and pinning the hair down like a vertical twist bun.
  3. Tease the root of the hair at the horseshoe section.
  4. At the front hairline, create about four sub-sections, bend the hair, and pin it down. Leave the remaining hair in one section and bend and pin it.
  5. Once all of the hair is pinned down, spray with Davines Defining Invisible Hairspray and pull at the hair slightly to create messy fly away texture.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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