Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017: Waves, Braids and Natural Texture by Ammon Carver at Jeans for Refugees

Jamie Newman | September 13, 2016 | 8:47 AM
Photo By John Perez for L'anza

Artist Johny Dar created wearable art, painting celebrity-donated jeans, which were presented at New York Fashion Week, along with Johny Dar couture pieces, as part of the Jeans for Refugees show. 


Inspired by the fashion looks' rich colors and intricate textures, stylist and NAHA Master Stylist of the Year, Ammon Carver, global creative director, L'ANZA Healing Haircare, created a look for the show that included a crown of woven braids of different sizes set above soft curls, as well as playing up some models' natural texture. 


“I knew as soon as I looked at the clothes that it had to be a braided look," Carver said. "I also wanted the hair to combine his inspiration from diverse cultures and nature since the scope of [Johny's] artistry, and his work is so expansive.”





STEP 1: Prep hair with L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment to nourish and condition the hair.

STEP 2: Before braiding apply L’anza Healing Style Molding Paste for control, hold and definition. It also thickens hair density without flaking or cracking for more dramatic-looking braids.

STEP 3: Create French roll braids (taking a small section, separate it into three parts, twist then roll the first two parts of the section counterclockwise before integrating the bottom third into the braid in the same direction). Start at the top, then down the sides while following the curve of the head, widening the braids as they reach the nape.

STEP 4: To create more space between the braids as well as definition, make small one-sided micro-braids alongside each larger braid before moving to the next. Repeat until between six and eight braids with micro-braided spacers are completed.

STEP 5: Bring all braids to the center of the nape of the neck and secure.

STEP 6: Loosely curl remaining braid-free hair underneath with a 1½-inch curling iron, brush through, then separate strands for smooth, loose, deconstructed texture to contrast braids. Apply L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Treatment as needed for extra, weightless shine.

STEP 7: Finish with a light spray of firm-hold L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Lustrous Finishing Spray to hold the look in place and prevent frizz.


The likes of Anna Wintour, Candice Swanepoel, Chanel Iman, Emma Watson, Eva Longoria, Florence Welch, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola, Twiggy, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Styles, Joaquin Phoenix and Usher donated their old jeans to Dar's collection, to which he painted and went live for bidding online September 9. Proceeds from Jeans for Refugees will benefit the International Rescue Committee


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