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Chromat

Hair by Chuck Amos for Oribe Hair Care

New York-based fashion label Chromat’s highly architectural pieces have long been a cult favorite among the trendsetting downtown crowd and a tour staple for the likes of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Madonna. This season, lead designer Becca McCharen was inspired by the intricate lines of artist Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings, which played a key role in determining the beauty look. Lead stylist Chuck Amos created a highly editorial look featuring a topknot and winding cornrows to compliment the clothes. “I love using a combination of Supershine and Gel Sérum to braid. Supershine gives you slip and helps you avoid bunchy braids, and Gel Sérum helps keep the braids together,” said Amos.


Get the Look:
1. Brush out the hair with a paddle brush.
2. Using a rat tail comb (Amos used a T3 Rat Tail Comb), section hair either on the sides or in the back for cornrow placement.
3. Gather the remaining hair up into a topknot using a combination of Gel Sérum and Supershine Moisturizing Cream. Using a bristle brush, gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic.
4. Flat-iron the ponytail from midshaft to ends with a flatiron (Amos used a T3 SinglePass X 1.5” Wide Iron).
5. Spray the ponytail with Dry Texturizing Spray and wrap hair into a loose topknot and pin at the base. It should look effortless.
6. Apply a combination of Gel Sérum and Supershine to the section of hair you left out to prep for the cornrow. Start braiding in a wavy pattern or strip and secure with a rubber band. Clean up the edges and tame any flyaways with Superfine Strong.
7. Finish the look with a generous misting of Shine Light Reflecting Spray.
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