27 March 2023

NYFW How To: Bibhu Mohapatra’s Iconoclast Braids by L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham

Inspired by Jazz-age muse, heiress and political activist, Nancy Cunard, the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015 collection echoes the unapologetic strength of women who break the rules!

Cunard’s avant-garde look is brought to life through the opulent fabrics and palette of Mohapatra’s collection. “I drew inspiration from a strong, controversial woman and wanted the hair to compliment her rulebreaking style,” says designer Mohapatra, who worked closely with long time collaborator and L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham to create the hairstyle for the collection.

“The play on textures and the variations of braids and chignons embrace Nancy Cunard’s far-reaching influences, ranging from Africa to 1920s Paris,” commented Abraham.Tribal braids are coupled with a ladylike chignon and a braided crown to create a modern iconoclastic look.” The look adds an aura of the unexpected to a night out, and pairs perfectly with sequin shifts and flirty dresses.

Get the Look!

  1. • Prime hair with NEW L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Sève Protectrice and divide hair into two sections, one on top of the other. The top section is held loose at the apex and bottom is slicked into a ponytail at the occipital bone.
    • Center part top section and create two small French braids, secure and wrap ends around ponytail underneath.
    • Apply L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip to ponytail and split into two sections. Braid the left side and secure with elastic. Lightly backcomb the right side and secure end with elastic.
    • Wrap braided and backcombed sections together to create a voluminous chignon. Finish by spraying with L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Shimmer and L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 for shine and hold. Use NEW L’Oréal Professionnel Homme Poker Paste to smooth flyaways.



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