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Elegant Tibetan braids at Bibhu Mohapatra

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Inspired by Tibet, the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2014 collection channels the culture, landscapes and spirituality of the region through graphic embellishments and linear prints.

“Because I drew inspiration from generations of women of Tibet and their lives, I wanted the hair to be a combination of graphic lines and tribal braids,” said designer Mohapatra, who has partnered with the L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Amit Abraham to create the hair for his show for four seasons.

“The upswept style we created is a modern interpretation of a traditional Tibetan braiding – where hair is an expression of beauty, wealth and prosperity,” explained Abraham.

To create the look:

  • Prep hair with L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Root Spray to add density before blow drying 
smooth.
  • Divide hair into 3 sections. Secure each section into a ponytail. Spray L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 Hairspray along the parts for hold.
  • Apply L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip, a texturizing powder, to anchor the style before dividing the center ponytail into two sections, and box-braiding with two side ponytails. Box-braiding is a technique used to create a three-dimensional braid by weaving four sections of hair together. Leave 2 1⁄2 inches of the tail unbraided and secure with an elastic.
  • Wrap the braids in a circular shape at the back of the head, leaving the ends untucked; secure with pins. Finish with L’Oréal Professionnel Freezing Mist for a long-lasting hold, and L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Shimmer for shine.

East meets West, both in the hair and the clothing as Mohapatra showcases yet another glamorous and utterly wearable collection.

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