How to Style Your Hair During Fashion Week

How to Style Your Hair During Fashion Week

I don’t know how other fashion bloggers are dealing with it, but I seem to never have time to style my hair during fashion week. At this point of my professional blogger life, I already mastered the art of applying makeup while in the cab or subway, but what can you do with my hair without all the styling tools on hand? Since I failed figuring it out myself, I decided to ask for help Gregory Patterson, Celebrity Ambassador for Sally Beauty and the Project Runway Season 14 & 15 Celebrity Hairstylist. My question was how to create different hairstyle looks that will last all day long.

I met Gregory Patterson at the Alison Brod office where Gregory styled my hair himself. Then, I created a few hairstyles out of this blow-dry myself and organized a test drive for those hairstyles when I went out for a few meetings later that day. While it never happens with my straight and fine hair, my easy waves by Patterson lasted for the rest of the day! I also had a nice messy hair look the next morning so I revamped it with a few spritzes of dry shampoo and called it a good hair day again.

This hair experiment made me think that perhaps I was mistaken last few NYFW seasons by washing my hair daily. It totally makes sense to try prolonging the lifespan of my “do” for as long as possible—and save all that hair styling time for getting more of the Vitamin Zzzzz.

How to Style Your Hair During Fashion Week

Tip #1: Add Texture To Your Hair In The Morning

The main tip that Gregory shared was to spend a few seconds at the beginning of the day to add a nice texture to your hair. By doing so, you will have that many more options to wear your hair in different ways!

Gregory Says: “Build the texture into your hair first. So whether you pick shaggy beachy waves or cool flat iron waves, it’s a perfect texture for hats. It’s also a perfect texture to built underneath the braid. And then the next show you can take your braid out and you still have that texture in there.”

How-To: Wash your hair as usually and blow-dry it with a hair dryer. That way, you’ll be able to add volume to the roots of your hair and ensure that your easy curls do not get frizzy.

My Take: If you have short hair like mine, adding curls or waves to your hair will take just a few minutes. If you have long hair, try putting it into a high ponytail and curl just the ends—that way you’ll save lots of time on adding texture to your hair! Also, don’t forget to use a good texturizing spray after you finished using your hair styling tools.

How to Style Your Hair During Fashion Week

Tip #2: Pick A Different Part

While girls are often guilty of wearing their hair on the same side all the time, Gregory recommended flipping your hair to different sides so your hairstyle always looks different. He also explained that by flipping your hair a few times per day you make your hairstyle visually appear more voluminous.

Gregory Says: “When you are going from show to show, I would recommend starting with your texture in the morning and towards your last show I would flip your part. Add a styling cream, get an ear part, and it’s an easy and quick way to change your look. In addition, this trick will bring back all that volume and you will always be photographed looking differently.”

How-To: Have a miniature comb and a hair cream with you all times so you can easily flip your hair and tame unruly hairs.

My Take: Have a few different lipsticks in your handbag so every time you change your hairstyle, your makeup also looks different!

How to Style Your Hair During Fashion Week

Tip #3: Fake It Till You Make It

If you have a set of clip-on hair extensions or the bangs, fashion week is the right time to pull them out. These hair accessories will immediately change your look and even camouflage some of the hair imperfections. The best part—you can incorporate colored hair extensions so you are not only changing the length but also the shade of your hair.

Gregory Says: “If you want to participate in the bangs trend, get them as clip-ons. You can also use clip-ons for instant changes of your hair length. I love adding just a few pieces to add a bit of more density and length, and then you can just snap them out and go to your original hairstyle.”

How-To: Even if you don’t have any clip-on hair in your collection, you can still “fake” the bangs by directing the front part of hair towards face and securing it behind your ear with Bobby Pins.

My Take: While I never tried hair clip-ons, I did wear a wig for fashion week a few years ago. If you are comfortable wearing wigs, it might be the easiest way to change your entire look. Be prepared though that some of your fashion industry friends might not recognize you while rocking this new look!

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Finally, a bit of fashion week wisdom from me: regardless how much time you have to get ready for the event, always have a backup outfit planned that incorporates a cute hat. While it’s important to bring your best beauty and fashion styles during the fashion week, sometimes you simply don’t have time for anything—and a nice hat is a perfect solution for all sorts of hair situations.

  • Such cute ideas! You totally rock that short hair girl!

  • Lauren

    Great tips! My favourite is try a new place to part your hair and the clip on bangs! Might try the bangs idea!!

    Lauren |

  • I love the idea of wearing a different part… I definitely need to try that! your skin is flawless btw!

  • Thank you for sharing your tips! I love these hair style, and your skin is amazing!

  • I love your hair colour and am still loving your haircut! I’m always trying to perfect beachy waves… maybe one day haha.

    xx, Pia

    • Same here – I feel that bouncy curls are actually easier to accomplish than beachy waves! Well, I always have beachy waves hairstyle the day after I had curls LOL

  • Loving that bold lip color. I love putting my hair in a top bun.

  • Lolly Chase

    Thanks for the tips! I have hair length like yours and I’ve been meaning to change it up. Gonna try the how-tos and play around with the curling iron!! This is going into my bookmarks:)

    PS. you look amazing babe! you’re so pretty!!


  • Kate Tik

    I love these tips! I’m always struggling with my hair during fashion month and it’s so expensive to go somewhere to get it done.

  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    I honestly love every single one of these tips and hairstyles. I especially like the look when you changed the part and I love your makeup, always !

  • Michelle Roessel

    Love your hair! Thinking about cutting mine, too! Thanks for the Inspiration!
    xx Goldie

  • You hair looks amazing Katya! And I love your tips here – thanks for sharing!

  • These are some very good tips, actually. Thanks for sharing them. And he’s quite right, changing the lipstick may change the whole look!
    Cheers, Eliza |

  • Thank you for the tips babe!!! I am so bad at my hair and these were very helpful!


  • Your hair looks so effortlessly wavy and beachy here babe- so perfect for fashion week! It sounds like he gave you lots of great tips. I’m going to try changing my parting from time to time to try and make my hair look more voluminous!

    Rachel xx

  • EverestSays

    Your makeup and hairdo are really subtle but they create such a different look! I can’t believe how simple and easily achievable this look is. I will definitely try them!

    Kisses from Singapore,

  • kierra

    What lovely tips and fun hair ideas. My hair is so different though so I can’t really do the same thing as you. My hair has texture all the time. I usually just wash my hair, brush it, and add product. I guess we all have a ways of styling our hair. I guess my hair is always fashion week ready. haha

  • maggie

    I’ve always wondered how everyone gets their hair done at New York Fashion Week. Not only that, but their hair also lasts all day! All these tips are great though! I think I’ll have to bring a hat with me, most likely. Lol.

    Maggie S.

  • Lisa Mao

    yes babe! I absolutely love this style – it’s the perfect amount of put together but also effortlessly sexy! If i ever had my hair short, this would definitely be how I’d want it to look.
    Also I have to applaud you on being able to do your makeup on the go in a subway because If I even so much as to try applying eyeliner in a moving car all hell breaks loose haha


  • Gina Diaz

    I love your hair and the way you have styled it! I just wish I can do it this way. i tried yesterday and it did not work out quite well. I will try again applying your tips. Thanks, beauty! Xx, Gina

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    I love how you style your hair! You should do a youtube video and teach us in details babe!

    xx, Jessie


    hello Katya!
    Nice post and beautiful hair. Great advices from GREGORY 🙂

  • christine

    These are great tips for different hairstyles on the go. Not only for fashion week but I found these useful for when I shoot multiple looks for photoshoots. I can’t wait to use some of these tips and tricks on my next shoot. Thanks for sharing all these and to Gregory too! xoxo, Christine

  • Amanda Smith

    What beautiful hair tip and stunning styled looks to help to get you through a long day/week. Any time I travel I usually try to get the absolute most life out of one wash through many of the ways you’ve discussed. Hope you had an amazing time at Fashion Week!

    Manda |

  • jacqueline

    I’m loving the top knot look on you! I still haven’t been able to figure out how to do this correctly. It just looks better on everyone else! FW sounds so fun and busy! Looks like you had a ton of fun

  • That top knot looks so stylish! I’ve been wanting to try this but I am not sure if it would look good on me, but you have the perfect bone structure girl.

    xo, Maryam

  • Sarah Atiq

    Your posts are always so inspirational. I absolutely love the Top Knot on you, I would love to try it for myself. Thanks for sharing your tips, living in a humid climate like Singapore. It is often hard for your hair to look fresh all day, but I will try using this tips and let you know how it goes.


  • Ohhh so Happy That you shared now tips about Hair Styles:) I love your short hair, mine is very very Long and sometimes I just dunno what to do with it:)
    I will try some new thing and Cant wait for your next Make Up Tutorial:)
    Your make Up was Beautiful too:)
    Kisses Happy Week

  • Andreea Birsan

    Your tips are always so useful! I am experiencing bad hair days 7/7, so I will definitely try what you’ve said! In fact, I’ve never though of adding texture in the morning, really hope that will help with styling it. Have a lovely day! <3


  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    FW and hair can be solved in two ways: by putting a hat on or doing what you just said! I intend to begin the week with great hair, but ending up wearing a hat, haha. 🙂 I’ll need to focus more on your tips!! 🙂

  • I love this article because I too am so guilty of not paying as much attention to my hair as I do my makeup! Love the idea of adding textures and switching parts – such easy and fun solutions to mixing things up. And I’m totally on board with having a good hat as a backup option! 🙂

    xo Soo |

  • Tandya

    Thank you for sharing all of these tips! My hair is so course, I wonder if I can apply these. Love reading you weekly posts!

  • Thank you for these amazing tips,
    I will be trying tip #1 adding texture to my hair in the morning..
    much love, xx

  • oh so useful! I recently just cut my hair shorter and have been freaking out what the heck I’m gonna do to style short/medium hair. I love the variations you’re giving us here. So inspirational! I won’t be able to part my hair differently though, cuz I have bangs haha

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • HI Katya

    Such great advice here! i would try a few of this tricks. I love the highlights of your hair as well. It brings out the color of your eyes. So gorgeous!


  • Girl, you look absolutely gorgeous! Adore that hairstyle. It’s also my favorite, it looks so trendy and sophisticated at the same time. I will folllow your advices.

    Have a nice weekend!