Ruffles on the runway at Balenciaga, Givenchy and Chloé aren’t the only recent nod to Spanish style. Hollywood ingenues are also borrowing from bailaoras, with centre-parted low chignons—a sharp turn from the red carpet’s go-to glam waves. Minimal is more with these sleek coifs, says Omar Lopez, Sultra artistic director, who works with Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes and Kate Bosworth. “The dancer hair bun is clean, modern and no-fuss—it’s something anyone can do.” First, create a distinct middle part. “Use the bridge of your nose as a guide,” says Lopez.
Next, twist and pin hair into a low bun, or try using a shaper (a thick mesh loop that discreetly adds bulk), such as the Sultra Ultra Chic Bun Shaper, $6. With hair pulled back precisely, fashion-forward choices steal centre stage. “It’s a great way to show off a statement piece,” adds Lopez, such as ornately beaded shoulders, a geometric neckline or glitzy earrings. Cheekbones and brows seduce the spotlight too, so play them up to enhance the maravilloso effect.
“Hair should look glossy but not wet. Use a paddle brush as you blow-dry so you don’t have to fight against volume,” Omar Lopez, Sultra artistic director.