Brand Name: Aquage Hair: Ann Bray Color: Tausha Ostrander Makeup: Yolanda Moran Photo: Luis Alvarez Hair Assistant: Jennifer Price-Aquage;
Fashion Stylist: Patric Chauvez;
Production: Don Wismer
What started out as a beautiful cover in March 2012, turned into an international hair sensation that has continued to circle the globe. Ann Bray did this beautiful step-by-step for Aquage, with none other than Luis Alvarez at the camera photographing her every move.
Since that time, something else has come out of this our magazine cover shoot: Ann Bray was 'discovered' by Hollywood and has since become an important stylist for Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She's now working on the third movie in the series. Love!
1. Begin with a human hair weft that's 6" wide and approximately 10" to 12" long.
2. Roll the seam into a spiral shape to form a ponytail.
3-4. Secure the base of the ponytail with a clear elastic band, placing it as close to the base as possible.
5. Secure the base of the ponytail onto the wig block (wig-styling form covered in fabric) as shown.
6. Immobilize the ponytail at the base, using two straight pins placed into the seam of the weft on opposite sides.
7. Lightly and delicately backcomb the underside of the ponytail, using the Aquage Detailing Brush, which is designed specifically for structural backcombing.
8. Lightly spray the underside of the unsmoothed ponytail with Aquage Finishing Spray.
9. Using only the tips of the Detailing Brush, carefully and lightly form a flat, thin, leaf-like shape that gradually expands from the base, becoming widest at the middle and then gradually narrowing as you approach the ends.
10. Secure the base of the ponytail with a single-prong clip and wrap the section into a spiral shape.
11. Center of Rose (bud): Shape and direct the section as shown, making it flatter as it travels around the spiral. Lightly spray with Finishing Spray to gradually increase hold and control as you incrementally mold the section into the desired form.
12. Tuck the ends of the hair under the bud with the tail of the Detailing Brush. When the center shape is properly formed, apply a fine mist of Finishing Spray, allow it to dry and re-spray as many times as needed to create maximum hold.
13. When finished, the bud should be a tight spiral in the center (first revolution) that gradually tilts to reveal a wider, petal-like shape as it travels around the circumference a second time.
14. Add a pre-formed petal (ponytail) to the bud. The petal should be constructed of the same size weft as the bud. Roll the seam into a spiral and secure to form a ponytail. The petal should be preformed into a flat shape that gradually fans out as it forms an arc
15. Using hairpins, affix the base of this first petal to the bud.
16. Wrap the petal one full revolution around the bud. Make sure that the inside edge of the petal is kept narrow and close to the bud. The outer edge should fan out as it wraps around the bud. Tuck the ends under using the tail of your Detailing Brush and secure at the base.
17. Apply Finishing Spray in light layers, allowing each application to dry before re-spraying, until you reach maximum hold.
18. Continue to add preformed petals. (Important: Be careful to create a balanced radial pattern.) Make sure that each petal has the desired hold before progressing. Add as many pre-formed petals as you wish until you've attained the desired size rose. Note: As the shape becomes wider, you may need to use several pins to secure each petal onto the base of the rose. Finished look. For this design, Aquage educator Ann Bray chose to create a center bud with seven petals.