Creating Mahalia’s Stunning Back Bun: A Look by Celebrity Stylist Jay Birmingham for Dork Magazine

by Hair Magazine

In the latest issue of Dork Magazine, Singer Songwriter Mahalia graces the cover with a captivating look. I had the pleasure of working with Mahalia to create a sleek and sophisticated back bun that perfectly complemented her style and personality. In this feature, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of achieving this stunning hairstyle.

To begin, I started by creating a middle part in Mahalia’s hair. This simple yet effective technique helped to frame her face and added balance to the overall look. With the part in place, I proceeded to prepare her hair for styling.

To achieve a sleek and shiny finish, I applied WOW Dream Coat Colour and Olaplex oil to Mahalia’s damp hair. These products helped to protect her hair from heat damage while providing a smooth and frizz-free foundation. I then reached for the revolutionary Dyson Supersonic dryer, using it to blow-dry Mahalia’s hair, ensuring a flawless canvas to work with.

Once her hair was dry, I divided it into sections and used GHD irons on each section. To protect Mahalia’s hair from excessive heat, I utilized head protection tools from GHD, ensuring that her locks remained healthy and undamaged throughout the styling process.

To create the sleek back bun, I used Hair Jam, applying it section by section and combing it down towards the nape of the neck. This product helped to control any flyaways and provided the necessary hold for the style. Next, I used pro styling bungees to secure a low ponytail, ensuring a strong foundation for the bun.

To add a touch of dimension and visual interest, I coated the ponytail with Pop and Lock CW, a styling product that added shine and texture. I then twisted the ponytail into a bun, securing it in place with bobby pins.

To complete the look, I paid attention to the finer details. I delicately styled some tiny baby hairs, using a combination of Got2b spray and precise handiwork to create a polished and elegant finish. Finally, I sprayed AFS Shine Spray by Andrew Fitz X, adding a luminous sheen to the style and ensuring it stayed in place throughout the shoot.

The final result was a sophisticated sleek back bun that perfectly complemented Mahalia’s unique style. The attention to detail, combined with the use of quality products and innovative styling tools, allowed us to achieve a look that truly captivated the essence of the shoot.




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