Effortless Hairstyles That Shine
Photographed by Jan Lehner
Sometimes all it takes is a carefully chosen accessory to transform a bad hair day into a great one. Enter Sylvain Le Hen, the Paris-based creator of a collection of gleaming ponytail clips, barrettes, and hair pins that can make even the most effortless styles look polished. Accented only with hand-mounted microscrews, these sculptural yet functional forms make six easy hairstyles shine.
“A good barrette is hard to find,” says New York-based hairstylist Jordan M. “So often it’s a choice between something elaborate and old-fashioned or whatever I can get at the drugstore—at least then I’m not putting some kind of tortoiseshell monstrosity on someone’s head.” Presented with a selection of Sylvain Le Hen accessories, he got to work creating modern looks like a classic ponytail on model Amanda Wellsh. “These styles feel polished and effortless,” he says. “I don’t want a ‘hairdo.’ It needs to stay simple and clean.”
I like a ponytail to sit at the hairline, in the nape or just below it, to keep the line sleek. And a low braid always looks chic.
Hairstylist Jordan M
“Start by brushing your hair, just enough to get rid of the separation and make it feel clean and light,” explains Jordan M. To recreate his braided bun, begin by placing your thumbs at the top of your ears. “Run your thumbs straight to the back of the head until they meet, and then grab that section of hair and make a ponytail, securing it with an elastic,” he says. “Then do a quick three-strand braid—the sloppier, the better, I think—twist it around and stick the hairpin right through it.”
“There’s something a little ‘40s ‘We Can Do It!’ about this style, but it’s a much simpler version of that,” says Jordan M of his half-up, half-down look, which takes on a more romantic quality when done with more textured hair. Begin by brushing to eliminate separation. “Take the hair from behind the ear, give it three twists as you go toward the back of the head, and secure it in place with a bobby pin,” he says. Then repeat on the other side. “Put the barrette around the pieces of hair that you’ve just twisted back. I leave the nape out, because I like the silhouette that it gives.”
Mason Pearson brushes are my favorite. They have the perfect amount of tension, and they last forever.
Hairstylist Jordan M
Styling Alex Harrington at Creative & Partners
Hair Jordan M at Susan Price NYC
Makeup Daniel Martin at The Wall Group
Model Amanda Wellsh