Embrace the Prairie Braid for Fall 2019

Tresses are truly trussed up this season, says Sandra Ballentine.

Photograph by Amy Troost; Styled by Max Ortega; Hair by Tina Outen. Makeup by Hannah Murray at Art + Commerce; Manicure by Michina Koide for Essie at Art Department; Model: Olivia Vinten at DNA Model Management; Casting: Edward Kim.

Hairstylist Tina Outen used the playful prairie girls on Batsheva’s fall 2019 runway as a springboard for the fanciful look shown here. “I envisioned an adventurer making her way in the world, collecting souvenirs and using them as hair charms,” she says. To introduce volume and color to model Olivia Vinten’s locks, Outen added extensions in shades of sunburnt gold, yellow, copper, red, and purple. Next, she worked in a dab of Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler for shine and hold, and wove large pieces of hair into loose, chunky, almost-misshapen plaits. The stylist then added whimsical trinkets collected on her own travels, including a rose badge from London, a cactus from Miami, beads from Barcelona, a Hawaiian lei, a fairy from her Christmas tree, and “some flowers and other bits and bobbins from around the house.” The braids, she says, “project the energy of a girl who’s been up to something.”