So This Is How You Use a Vacuum Cleaner to Create a Ponytail
You never know what will show up during fashion month, like bungee cords as hair ribbons or, as of October 2, a vacuum cleaner as a hair styling tool.
For the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week, hair maestro Sam McKnight created ponytails housed in an acrylic tube to match the show’s water theme — and yes, he used a home-cleaning tool to do it! He told Allure, “I took my inspiration from Karl’s wonderful way with transparency. When I saw the sketches of the waterfalls set, I just felt that the hair should feel like it had been misted by the falling spray, not drenched.”
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How to fit a large pony into a small Perspex tube @binxwalton sucks it up backstage @chanelofficial this morning in Paris. Check out @hairbysammcknight for more vacuum ponies and much more hairy stuff. #chanel #karllagerfeld @tompecheux @djcori @aurelieduclos @amandaharlech @pascalbraultt @eamonnhughes #virginieviard #hairbysammcknight #tricksofthetrade
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McKnight put the models’ hair into low ponytails and misted the hair around their faces with his Modern Hairspray. He then slid the hair through cylinders made of clear perspex tubing. And that’s where the suction from the vacuum comes into play. “To get the ponytails inside the tube perfectly, with no snagging, we sucked them in with a cleaner,” he said. Genius!
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