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Keep chic in the heat with a bun

Olga Ekaterincheva

If you’re (barely) surviving the heat and humidity, reaching for your hair dryer/straightener/curling iron/jaws of life first thing in the morning is the absolute last thing you want to do. We chatted up Camille Albane’s US artistic director, Nicolas Tisler (who is very suave and very French and wore fabulous turquoise trousers and a pristine white shirt in 95-degree weather), and he taught us how to do the chic top knot style that we’ve seen all over the red carpet but had no idea it was easy as pie to replicate.


1. Start with clean, towel-dried hair.

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2. Work a dollop (about the size of two quarters) of molding gel (Tisler used Or Graphic Golden Modelling Gel by L’Oreal Professionnel) into the hair.

3. Use a padded brush to smooth and gather hair toward the top of the crown of your head.

4. Secure tightly with an elastic. (Camille Albane uses these very cool bungee-style elastics that hook into the hair for a custom fit.) Give your ponytail another brush for a sleek effect.

5. Tuck the pony under to create a loop, and then wrap the end around the elastic. Secure with bobby pins. The gel helps fight off the humidity and the knot looks sleek and cool all day.

Camille Albane is at 252 Newbury St., Boston, 617-379-3220,

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