Touchable Texture

Long hair and hair extension specialist Nicole Martin of Nicole Martin Hair created a series of lengthy looks that showcase ultra-chic hairstyle variations for long hair. Perfect for ladies who cherish their longer locks, these very current looks make the most of natural and augmented length and texture. 

The Long of It – Lengthy Looks to Lust After 
Before, Kelsie had naturally kinky, frizzy, shoulder length hair that had damage at the ends. Her color was a mousy brown at the base that faded into brassy ends.
To start off the process, Nicole weaved in dark blonde and light brown to even out the tone and then added a clear gloss over the top to level the porosity, add shine and seal in the color. Next she cut a few inches off the ends and added long layers to control the natural curl as well as give Kelsie’s strands volume.
Using Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity setting lotion and a blow dryer, Nicole rough dried by simply moving the hair around with her fingers until all of the moisture was removed. Starting along a Mohawk line, she took three-inch square sections, twisted them and then wrapped each around a small ½-inch curling iron, transferring the curl to a medium roller to set. Once the Mohawk section was all on rollers, she worked down each side and then allowed the hair to cool completely before undoing the curlers.
Nicole raked through the hair with a wide-toothed comb and twisted sections with Motion Lotion, an anti-frizz cream, on her hands. She back-brushed all over with a natural boar bristle brush using Session Spray to add more volume. Once the entire head was back-brushed, she started at the bottom and worked upward, smoothing sections just on the top to give a softly curled effect. She clipped in some preset extension pieces to give exaggerated volume and add a few inches of length and then twirled some Easy Rider anti- frizz cream through large sections, leaving a sultry bodified curl and a bold silhouette. The end result is very current, very runway!
Long Hair partial Updo texture PompUsing the exaggerated teasing from the first hairstyle, Nicole fashioned a pomp in front and then took random pieces back at the sides, sewing them into place with embroidery thread while allowing the curls or waves to cascade to one side. After sewing the back into place, she added elastic bands in two places along the length and then pulled a few strands to cause the hair to billow into pillow-like poofs along the pony. After finger styling everything into place, she misted with more Session spray for a pliable hold.
For a third style option, one-inch square sections of dry hair were sprayed with Heated Defense, a thermal protectant, and wrapped tightly around a ½-inch curling iron. Once all sections were curled and cooled, Nicole utilized a wide-toothed comb just at the base to add volume. She added Powder Puff volumizing powder at the root to give an almost sponginess to the frothy texture, leaving coiled tentacles through the ends. The end result is a very modern fro-like coif with lots of flirty bounce.

Hair: Nicole Martin for Nicole Martin Hair

Makeup: Jaime Queenin
Wardrobe: Kasha Meyers
Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual