Johnnie Sapong shares his backstage experience at the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos and his predictions for summer styles.
What's it like working backstage? Compared to working in the salon, backstage is a totally different pace and atmosphere. You have to be able to think on your feet because you may have to change a style minutes before a model has to walk out on stage, whereas in the salon it's a more relaxing environment because you're spending quality time with your client.
What hair trends would you recommend for the warmer weather? All of the styles I did for the fashion shows are conducive to hot weather. They work because they reveal your neck and back which looks very flattering and creates dynamic shapes. Also with high and slick back ponies, they are fitting for the day and evening.
High Top Bun
To wear your hair like this you don't need reams of length. If you can tie your hair back in one, you can most certainly achieve this look. Start by using a hairdress like PhytoSpecific Moisturizing Balm (£14/125ml) to smooth out the hair whilst blowdrying. Comb your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Take some extensions, twist it round into a rope and wrap it over your hair before securing it with pins. For a thicker and denser bun use a larger portion of hair extensions and to finish spritz.
TwistedFringe Twisting and plaiting your fringe is a great option if you want versatility or something to experiment with. At first glance this may look complicated but it really isn't especially after a few practicing attempts. Smooth all your hair back into a low ponytail. Take a piece of extension, part it in two and twist the strands together to form a rope. Attach it to your hairline using clips and pins and wrap it round to create a chignon. on a shine spray.