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Guillermo del Toro’s latest film Crimson Peak is equal parts horror and gothic romance. The collapsing mansion, oozing red clay, and extravagant costumes lend each shot an air of macabre decadence. The hairstyles reflect both glamour and decay. Early in the film we see polished updos like the one pictured top right, but as the story’s protagonist, Edith, becomes more lost and frightened her hairstyles loosen and fall. By the end of the film her long blonde tresses come completely undone and hang about her shoulder in tangled waves. Learn to add gothic glamour to your own fall style in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: To give your updos a touch of gothic elegance, add volume around the entire perimeter. Begin by backcombing roots all over, then smooth outer surface lightly, and pull into a loose ponytail at the crown, blousing to add volume. Spray roots with fierce to fix in place. Fold the ponytail into a chignon or curl and pin in loops.

Step: If you prefer a less extravagant look a crisp center part is add a touch of austerity to up or down styles. To achieve, brush hair straight back then use the edge of a comb to trace a line straight into the hairline from the center of the nose.

Step: Make your updo a little wild by blasting the completed shape with a dry on it’s lowest setting, shaking wisps free. Mist with fierce to accentuate flayaways.

Step: Create deep waves with low volume roots, like the ones pictured above on the lower right, by braiding damp hair tightly and misting with holding spray. Sleep on the style and gently pull apart braids with fingers in the morning.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle   

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