Anyone who follows street style camera wizards Tommy Ton, Phil Oh or Adam Katz Sinding with any regularity is surely familiar with “the hair tuck”.
You know, that insouciant move where you leave your hair loosely half-tucked into a jacket as if you couldn’t be bothered to flip it all the way outside the collar. We saw it last week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. We liked it. We liked it a lot. So, we we ran with the style ourselves.
And, while it might not seem like there’s much to mastering this style, there are in fact a few key elements and styling tricks that are essential to pulling the hair tuck off properly.
Here are three things to keep in mind before you attempt the tuck..
ADD LOTS OF TEXUTRE
The hair tuck works on a range of hair types from straight to curly, but retaining texture is important—no matter the hair type. Second- or third-day hair, which has grittiness (yes, pun intended), is actually ideal for this look. To get that effortless vibe, apply TONI&GUY Casual Rough Texturiser to damp hair then blow dry. Follow with TONI & GUY Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo to remove any excess oil and Bob’s your uncle.*Hey Bob!
MAKE IT MESSY
The whole point of this look is for it to seem nonchalant—as if you have almost mistakenly tucked your hair inside your collar or jacket. *Yeah, you woke up like this.
Now we’re not saying you can abandon styling completely, but a few strategically placed flyaways are crucial. Add a few wispy baby hairs falling out around your face and volume in the back and you are good to go.
WRAP IT UP
Think of your hair as a big bundle of warmth. Just be careful to avoid wrapping your hair too tightly around your neck—the faux-beard look isn’t what we’re going for here, friends.
Here’s the golden rule of thumb: all the tousling in the world won’t make a difference if you’re not wearing the proper clothes for this look.
We’re not saying you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe—just make sure to throw on a loose sweater, turtleneck, collared jacket or men’s style shirt the next time you want to try the hair tuck. These garments will make your hair the focus while anchoring your strands in place. Excellent.