By Marianne Mychaskiw
Feb 12, 2015 @ 10:47 am
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Though graphic, slicked-back hairstyles have usually been limited to the runways, every now and then, a red carpet version of the look shows us that the high fashion effect is totally wearable, and inspires us to try our own hands at the trend. Take the ultra-sleek style Gigi Hadid wore last night to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Celebration---if you apply the finishing products with a slightly lighter hand, the effect gets toned-down for everyday wear, and pairs well with a power dressing ensemble, like a black blazer and pencil skirt combo.

"On the runway, the look was super slick, but we didn't want it to be too severe, so we went for something that would be sporty but still feminine," says her hairstylist Jennifer Yepez. "We decided to go very tight on the sides, creating a clean look, while also keeping some volume on the top."

Beginning with damp hair, Yepez worked the Oribe Grandiose Mousse ($37; into the model's root area, then used a Mason Pearson Brush ($230; to blow-dry Hadid's strands flat to her head. "Take another section and repeat the same process until you get to the front of the head, then apply double the mousse, focusing mostly on the sides," she says. "Blow-dry it again using the flat brush."

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Once she got to the top of the top of Hadid's head, Yepez switched to the round brush to pump up the volume, and followed with a few drops of Oribe Balm d'Or ($43; through the star's mid-lengths and ends. She then picked up the Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray ($37; and her flat brush to give the sides another pass.

"Work one side at a time, spraying only the area being worked on with the flat brush to smooth it back, following the head shape," Yepez advises. "Once done, spray the top lightly, but do not brush it out in order to maintain the volume."

When going for this look at home, make sure to do your hair first, then allow the style to set as you do your makeup. For Hadid, Yepez took two large silver clips with a piece of paper towel underneath each, and anchored the sides to her head to lock in the graphic effect. "Once you're all set, take off the silver clips, and you're red carpet ready!" she adds.

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