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Braids and Top Knots at Miami Swim Fashion Week By Nick Irwin

Maggie Mulhern | July 22, 2014 | 9:36 AM
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The "We Are Handsome" 2015 collection was capped with perfect braids and top knots, created by Nick Irwin for CATWALK by TIGI. Shown this week during the Miami Swim Fashion Week, the Irwin finishes from this show were two of the best hair looks from the week.

The collection is inspired by evolution, change and destiny. Irwin built on this inspiration and created individual looks on each model, each tweaked for the models' specific look and hair. Although all finishes were individualized, there was a theme featuring two looks: braided inverted top knot and city-chic bohemian braid.

Here Irwin offers the HOW TO, using all CATWALK by TIGI products:

Braided Top Knot:

1. Brush the hair toward the hairline, securing an assymetric ponytail over the arch of the right eyebrow.

2. Spray Work It Hairspray to smooth the hair to the head whil maintaining a bit of texture.

3. Spray the ponytail with Transforming Dry Shampoo to create a matte texture. Using a 3 strand technique, braid the ponytail and secure the end with clear elastic.

4. Separate and loosen the braid to the desired texture.

5. Fold the braid over onto itself and lay along the hairline, securing with a pin above the ear. Tuck the ends of the braid into itself to create the illusion that the braid has no end or beginning. Spray with Camera Ready Shine Spray.

City Chic Bohemian Braid:

1. Brush clean, dry hair into a low side ponytail on the right side of the nape and secure with elastic.

2. Apply Work It Hairspray to gently smooth the hair to the head while maintaining texture.

3. Spray the ponytail with Transforming Dry Shampoo to create a matte texture. Using a three strand technique, braid the ponytail and secure the end with a clear elastic.

4. Separate and loosen the braid to the desired texture.

5. Apply Camera Ready Shine Spray to finish the look.

all photos by Alex Barron-Hough/CATWALK by TIGI

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