Hair Sewing: How To Create Editorial Hair in 15 Minutes

By Alison Alhamed | 04/03/2012 2:22:00 PM


While at America's Beauty Show in Chicago, Steven Lightfoot stopped by the MODERN SALON booth to demonstrate a quick and fun way to create extremely editorial hair that can be used in photo shoots or runways by using a Salon Tech flatiron, little product, some thread (yes!), hair pieces/filler, and pins.

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Step 1: Working in horizontal partings up the head, begin at the nape. Using the Salon Tech 1-inch titanium flatiron, create texture in the hair. "We're trying to work fast, not trying to make it look 'pretty,' this is about creating texture," Steven says. Using verticle partings, create flatiron curls throughout each section. Alternate the direction of the curls by changing which way you turn the iron (toward or away from the face).

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Step 2: Lightly backcomb each section at the base to maintain the curl movement. As you go through the hair section by section, add in hair filler to "bulk" up the hair. Alternate the natural hair with the filler to stack the hair in layers of color. The filler will resemble a cotton candy texture and add an avant-garde feel. Using a contrasting color of filler helps to editorialize the result.

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Step 3: Take a long piece of string or thread, attach bobby pins to each end. Take one pin and secure at the nape of the head. Then, in a sewing motion, take your second pic on the opposite end and weave through the design to a) secure the hair in place, and b) create a "cotton candy cloud" of hair that is secure, elevated, and appears seamless. (See the video below to watch Steven sew the hair!)

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Step 4: Finish the design with hairspray and manipulate the hair to the desired part of the head. Feel free to use extra pins to reinforce the shape and structure you create. Use natural hair from the front hairline to shape into an editorial design. Use the filler as a pillow to drape and rest the hair on top.


Video one: Steven Lightfoot of Salon Tech demonstrates the sewing portion of creating this editorial look. Watch as he shapes the hair into the desired structure and then reinforces the shape with thread and pins.

Video two: Steven Lightfoot of Salon Tech dishes on the hair trends that will be hot this season.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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Cali  |  April, 03, 2012 at 10:17 PM


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April, 09, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I think Steven shouldn't be using his mouth to open the bob pins

Cali  |  April, 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I agree with Christy......what was up with Steven using his mouth to open the bobby pins? Looks sloppy and unprofessional.

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OC  |  April, 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I agree with you Christy! A professional stylist using his mouth to open the bobby didnt look good at all and it wasnt professional!

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Anderson, SC  |  April, 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM

Like the look but putting the bobbie pins and thread into the mouth ---- ugh--- Not very professional for a platform artist, for anyone in the industry.

nevada  |  April, 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM

Apparently, they aren't concerned with sanitation at hair shows...I believe the artist looks unprofessional, to be sure, but also unprepared for his intended style. The needle should have been threaded properly ahead of time and the model shouldn't have to work for her hair 'do...I'm pretty sure they make these wonderful things called "rolling trays" that could've accommodated the stylist.

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April, 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM

it seems like crack addict

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