An undone knot added some well-placed grunge to the Bianca Spender show at MBFWA. Michele McQuillan, styling for Original Mineral, captured the balletic theme of the collection, whilst implementing her own unique vision.

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The collection was inspired by the movement of ballet dancers and birds taking flight, but the bun created by Michele was less the beautiful, sleek bun famously worn by ballet dancers, and more a 90s style, lived-in knot – complete with flyaway hair at the front, exaggerated pulled out pieces and a strong, matte texture.

Photographed by Dominic Loneragan. Please Credit Dominic Loneragan.

“What I love is making it a bit grungier, so that you can exaggerate it, make it a bit oilier, and more textured, just so there’s a little bit more interest on the catwalk,” Michele explained.

The decision for the knot was as conceptual as it was practical – with the designs sporting complex, featured backs and the hair needing to be pulled up to showcase this. The grungy texture and pulled out pieces was created to contrast the prettiness of the collection.

Photographed by Dominic Loneragan. Please Credit Dominic Loneragan.

Products necessary for the look included O&M’s Rootalicious, which was used to strengthen and thicken the hair, whilst the brand’s new Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm added gold flakes that bounced off the light, and contributed to the grunge feel of the look.

Photographed by Dominic Loneragan. Please Credit Dominic Loneragan.

We’re calling the combination of elegant ballerinas and this bold hair look The Black Swan effect – an instant catwalk classic.

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How to:

1. Prep the hair by spraying a generous amount of O&M Rootalicious from the roots to the ends of the hair and roughly dry in using a Mason Pearson brush.
2. Gather hair into a ponytail just below the crown and secure tightly with an elastic. Spritz ponytail with O&M Surf Bomb and back brush parts of the hair to create a tougher texture.
3. Pull hair into a messy 90’s knot, leaving the ends sticking out so you can just see them over the top of the head and secure with bobby pins. Straighten the ends sticking out at the top with a straightening iron.
4. Pull a few strands out from the ponytail around the face and nape to create a wispy look and then add a touch of O&M Project Sukuroi around the hairline to toughen the look up, making the wisps looked gappy and lived in.
5. Finish by spraying O&M Original Queenie to hold the look in place.

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