In the Blow

How To Get The Fishtail Messy Bun As Seen On Under The Gunn

Episode 11 of Project Runway’s “Under The Gunn” was the Benefit Cosmetic’s challenge where the designers created pieces for real women with real issues. The blowpro team created hairstyles for the women that fit their personalities and lifestyles.

This messy, fishtail bun is perfect for an elegant yet trendy style that can be easily recreated at home.


Step 1:

Using a curling iron, begin to build body in the hair by curling 1″ sections throughout entire head. Spray textstyle dry texture spray on each section and you can choose to gently back comb with a styling brush for added texture.


Step 2: 

Once you’ve curled and back-combed, gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Separate 1-1 1/2″ section of hair to fishtail braid, clip away. Wrap remaining hair around the elastic and pin to create your messy bun.


Step 3: 

Fishtail the section you left out of the messy bun. You can also choose to create a classic braid. Secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic and wrap around the messy bun pinning into bun to secure.

Nick Approves!!!

Step 4:

Finish the look by spraying after blow strong hold finishing spray.

Straightening Iron VS Curling Iron Waves


Last night’s episode of Lifetime’s Under The Gunn featured some spring inspired loose curl styles. Waves can be created using two different techniques:


Straightening Iron Technique:


“The great benefit of using a straightening iron to create waves is that it produces more defined, longer lasting waves. Once mastered, it becomes the best way to achieve the beach-wave look in minutes.” ~Gregory Patterson

Step 1: To boost shine and add hold, spray each section with blowout serious non-stick hairspray. This spray’s formula is light enough to be used as a working spray when using irons. It drys in seconds and is ready for the iron to pass.

Step 2: Clamp the straightener halfway down a section and turn it back on itself.  Keep the iron at an angle and guide it down the section.

Step 3: You can continue this through the entire head of hair or select pieces to curl. Then using a dab of mane tame soft pomade, run fingers through the curls to break them up for a tousled, loose waves look.


Curling Iron Technique:


“Curling irons on the other hand provide a looser, less defined curl that doesn’t last as long. So this tool is best for a soft curl look.” ~Gregory Patterson

Step 1: Prep for your curls by following the same first step mentioned above.

Step 2: When using a barrel curling iron whether it is clip-less or not, we like to use the wrap technique as demonstrated by Gregory in the above picture. So take your section, sizes can vary, and begin to wrap around the curling iron leaving the end out. You can hold on to the end. This will create a curl with a little less definition which will give the look overall a more modern appeal.

Step 3: Again, curl the entire head or choose some pieces to add flirty, fun texture!


There are steps to achieve waves flat iron technique vs curling iron! Either way blowpro will help you create this spring’s trending style.


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Get the day-night twisted chignon from episode 9 of under the gunn

This week’s episode of Project Runway’s Under The Gunn on Lifetime was about creating designs that convert from a day look into night. The blowpro team’s challenge was to create runway styles that were fun for the day but chic enough to carry into the evening. Below, Lead stylist and global educator Gregory Patterson shows us how to create the winning look, a simple twisted chignon using blowpro hair care.

Begin by creating a deep part using the brow as a guide. Then pull back into a low ponytail, securing with an elastic close to the natural color of your hair. Once the ponytail is secured, split into two pieces and begin the twist.

Twist through the length of the ponytail.

One the ponytail is twisted, add some texture by gently pulling apart the twists of the ponytail.

Now simply roll your textured, twisted ponytail around you elastic and pin into place to create your messy, twisted chignon.

You have the option of a sleek front or leaving a few pieces loose to frame the face. Secure the look with afterblow strong hold finishing spray to ensure the style stays from day-to-night!


How to wear mixed textured hairstyles

The wet, mixed texture hairstyle continues making such an impact on the runway. This look has been seen slick with texture at the mid-lenths to ends, side wept and even pulled up on the runways. Gregory Patterson shares  how the blowpro team team created this look for Episode 8 “Unconventional Beach Party” of Under The Gunn on Lifetime in minutes backstage.



Begin prepping your hair by using a blow dryer to smooth hair away from the face and towards the back.

Using a golf ball size of body by blow, rake the no crunch mousse from the root towards the crown. “Using body by blow no crunch mousse will add the control & hold needed to keep the sleek part of this style together.” ~Gregory


Spray 5 pumps of beach blow texturizing mist onto your hand and begin scrunching the product through mid-lengths to ends. Beach blow with work with the natural texture in the hair to define waves and leave this look slightly matte.



Too add that high shine needed to create the “wet” look. Apply 2-3 pumps of weather girl pure anti-frizz serum from roots to crown in the same raking motion used to apply the body by blow. Lock the style in by spray after blow strong hold finishing spray all over.


How to create a textured messy bun


Part II: Braiding for Short Hairstyles

Ladies with short hairstyles, you do not have to miss out on this spring hair trend! Gregory Patterson discusses how to get the beautiful braided hairstyles we’ve been seeing on the runways using hair pieces and blowpro hair care.















Same prep as PART I, smooth hair by blow drying and applying faux dry dry shampoo to add lift.


Begin braiding the hair pieces. You can use clip-in hair pieces, just be sure the shade is very close to you hair color.

Once the hair is smoothed and you’ve braided your hair pieces, select your desired effect. You can pin them across your hair from ear to ear to create a crown braid for example. For the “Pompeii” challenge on Under The Gunn, the blowpro team created a “thorn crown” with the pieces. Basically, they back combed the braided hair pieces to add texture and create the illusion of thorns.














Once you’ve secured your pieces, lock in the style with after blow strong hold finishing spray and add tons of shine with time to shine 3d illuminating spray.


Part 1: Pompeii inspired braids from the runway to spring trend















This week’s Under The Gunn runway challenge was inspired by the upcoming Pompeii movie release. Get the look that is right on trend for spring 2014, braids for any length of hair!

Winning Look: Long Hair















Smooth and refresh the hair by blow drying using a round brush. You can spray a little heat is on daily protective primer to protect hair and add moisture.














  1. Begin by curling large sections of hair to create soft waves
  2. Spray textstyle dry texture spray all over to add hold and natural texture
  3. Divide hair down the center and back to create two pig tails.
  4. Braid each pig tail and up & over to the opposite side of the crown of the head, bobby pin to secure
  5. Finish with after blow strong hold finishing spray













“During this week’s challenge, the blowpro team had to get very creative. Each designer’s look called for a unique braided hair style however, not all of the models had long hair to braid. The team had to work with extensions and hair pieces to construct the illusion of braided crowns for some of the models.” ~Gregory Patterson

Part II of this blog post will discuss his tips for creating braided hairstyles on short hair.

Hair survival: Gregory Patterson’s tips to healthy hair any time of the year

With New York fashion Week at a wrap and these few months of winter left, it’s important to consider the damaging effects of constant heat styling, environmental stress and cold, dry climates.














Gregory Patterson and the blowpro team behind the scenes of Lifetime’s Under The Gunn on every Thursday at 9/8c.
















Backstage of the Amanda Deleon  2014 New York Fashion Week debut runway show.

“Healthy hair is important on and off  of the runway, it all starts with hydration.” ~Global Educator, Gregory Patterson

Tips To Healthy Hair with blowpro hair care:

1) During the winter months and also a great tip for models coming from intense hairstyling from fashion week; treat your locks to a deep conditioning. Damage Control daily repairing conditioner contains organic shea butter that soaks into the hair, nourishing and hydrating from the inside out. Pro-tip: Leave in for 10-15 while in the shower for extra conditioning or overnight and rinse in the morning.

2) Cutting your blowout time reduces the amount of heat you expose your hair to. Ready set blow express blow dry lotion not only reduces drying time but this protein-rich formula smooths frizz and plumps up each strand for a healthy, full-bodied blowout.

3) Shield tresses from damaging UV rays with sunflower seed extract and energize troubled locks with the silk amino acids in body by blow no crunch mousse.

4) Take it from last week’s winning look on Under The Gunn, keep it stylish, keep it covered! Protect your hair from wind by wearing a winter hat or silk hair scarf.














“The Heat Is On” This Valentine’s Day!

Real Girl Raquel came to visit Gregory Patterson at blow, the new york blow dry bar today! You may remember her from  the SS’13 you only smoother advanced smoothing spray campaign.










In honor of her 6 year wedding anniversary, Raquel was looking for a way to spice up her look and surprise her husband.











“I feel like a modern version of Raquel” Quoted after her transformative appointment today.














“Often when a client comes to me requesting a dramatic change I like to ask a few questions first to understand what is really driving this desire. I find that in most cases the desire is driven from an emotional place. Raquel wanted to recapture her sex appeal on her anniversary & for Valentine’s Day.” ~Gregory Patterson


What better way to spice things up than a bombshell “Loved-in” layers.














Gregory removed over 14″













Styling Step-By-Step

1) Prep, prep, prep! Protect your locks with what we like to call our ‘liquid oxygen’ the heat is on daily protective primer. It helps to de-tangle and provides essential nutrients that prime and protect your hair as you heat style.

2) After spraying the heat is on generously, Gregory chooses to apply you only smoother advanced smoothing spray from mid-length to ends.This “self-correcting” spray delivers customized smooth perfection for all hair types including coarse, unruly and damaged hair without heavy oils or greasy residue. Ideal for Raquel’s new look!

3) Begin your blow out with a boar bristle brush, we like to use Ibiza tools brushes to add tension to the hair as you dry which ensure a smooth finish and lots of shine! Then select sections of hair to curl with a 1-1/2″ curling iron or wand. Using the “wrap technique” curl pieces in direct directions and sizes leaving the ends out to create sexy, tousled waves.

4) Finish the look by spraying textstyle dry texture spray adding the instant volume and natural texture.






Get The Under The Gunn Look: Vampy Updo


In episode 4 the designers are inspired by the film Vampire Academy and all things VAMPY!

For the winning look Lead stylist, Gregory Patterson and the blowpro team work to achieve a modern, vampy updo.

The look takes a team backstage to create but Gregory gives you simple steps to achieve at home.













*Key step* to prepping, absorb oil & residue. Pouf faux dry dry shampoo in the front and don’t forget the back/crown area of your head. Gregory recommends lifting small sections and poufing the product close to the scalp. Massage product in. For the mid-lengths and ends spray textstyle dry texture spray. The added texture will be used for hold and control of the overall look.
























This look is completely pulled back, in order to create some volume up front and a soft “cushion”, lightly tease the top section. Depending on the style you want to achieve, you can use your fingers to guide the hair back; this keeps the texture, or you can use a Mason Pearson (smoothing brush) to guide hair back for a smoother appearance.

Guide the hair back down to the nape of the neck. Use bobby pins to secure, not an elastic. Place the bobby pins horizontally across the nape.

Gather the loose hair under the pins and lightly back comb to activate the textstyle dry texture spray. Gather the ends and secure into a low ponytail.

Do the roll: using the horizontal pins as your “finish line” begin to roll the ponytail under, similar to a victory roll. You can choose to roll under or over the horizontal bobby pin line. Pin the roll to secure.















Add mega shine to your rolled updo by spraying time to shine 3d illuminating mist. Lock the look in all day or evening with after blow strong hold finishing spray.