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How To: Orlando Pita's Graphic Updos


For the Carolina Herrera Spring 2011 Collection, colors, prints, and floral appliqués were taken from botanical plates collected in the 18th Century, and the cut and details of the collection were inspired by traditional clothes from Korea. The result was fancy and beautiful, but of course as much as I love fashion, I was thinking about the haaaiiir. In part, because it was done by my all-time favorite celeb stylist Orlando Pita!


Orlando created the unique hairstyles to reflect Carolina Herrera’s Korean-inspired design. “I love this hairstyle,” said Orlando. “When Korean women dress, nothing is out of place and everything is beautifully thought out. My hairstyle is precise and graphic, with no loose or separate pieces. Moroccanoil products give hair hold, smoothness and shine and everything is attached and held together only by custom-made Hair Barrettes that match the exact color of the model’s hair. They’re strategically placed to make sure they completely hold every part of the look in place.”


How To Create the Look:

  • Orlando first applied argan oil-infused Moroccanoil Light throughout dry hair to create a healthy looking frizz-free shine, and smooth, healthy-look ends.
  • Next, he applied Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream mid way from the back of hair to the ends, then blow dried the hair smooth and straight with a round brush.
  • Once finished, Orlando created a deep side part, pulled hair back, and sprayed it with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.
  • He then combed the hair again with a wide tooth comb, sprayed with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray and pulled right side of hair diagonally over left, and pinned the hair above the nape of the neck with a creative cluster of custom made “Hair Barrettes” that matched the color of model’s hair. These were pinned either horizontally or vertically to create dramatic graphic patterns.
  • The finished looks were sprayed once again with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray for added hold, and finished with a misting of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.


Orlando created two variations of the style, an updo as well as a longer pony-tailed look. For the longer look, Orlando combed the hair into a ponytail, sprayed once again with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, and added additional horizontal hair-clips to accent the graphic effect. To create the dramatic chignon, Orlando took finished ponytails, looped them around, and pinned with diagonal, horizontal, and vertical hair-clips. He finished with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.


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