Event Space: T3 Runway to Reality at Danka Panka Friday 19 October, 2012

At the T3 Runway to Reality Blogger event, I learn how to address a dry scalp as well as how to rock a fishtail braid—straight from the Spring 2013 runways.

My husband and I have been talking about where our next move should be, and seeing as Manhattan is not a “buyer’s market” (ha!), we’ve been thinking about Brooklyn. So when I ventured to the T3 Micro Runway to Reality event at Danka Panka Salon in Carroll Gardens (a section of Brooklyn), I kept my eyes peeled to see if the area’s meant for the hubby and me. (I’m happy to report: It is!)


(My new fishtail braid, courtesy of hairstylist Dan Sharp.)

But back to beauty: As soon as I arrived I was guided to Danka Panka owner Dan Sharp, who’s Liv Tyler‘s go-to mane man and who’s taught me a few invaluable hair lessons throughout the years. (Lesson #1: There’s absolutely no need to straighten your hair before curling it IF you’re using the right tools. Why take the natural bend out of your hair to only put bend back in? Makes sense, and he’s right.)

The basis of the event was to recreate looks that T3 Micro had been involved in from the Spring 2013 New York runways. You could choose from Derek Lam‘s deep side-part (which I singled out as one of the top five side parts you want to wear now on Makeup.com), a rumpled side fishtail from DL1961 or “flat-ironed” waves from J. Mendel. I went with the fishtail.


(The runway look my hair is modeled after: DL1961.)

Want to know how to get this fishtail? Here are the steps:

Step 1: Spritz volumizing spray at the roots and then blow-dry hair using T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer and a 2 1/2-inch barrel brush.

Step 2: Spray dry shampoo at the roots to lend more guts and grip.

Step 3: Give a little bit of bend and texture to the hair with the T3 Singlepass Twirl 1.25″ Curling Iron.

Step 4: Gather hair to one side and create a tight fishtail braid.

Step 5: Loosen up the braid by gently separating hair. You can do this by softly pulling at both sides of the braid at the same time.

Step 6: Gently tug at the hair around the hairline, allowing a few pieces to fall and frame the face.

Step 7: Smooth the ends of your braid with a flat iron.


As Dan crafted my braid, I talked to him about a hair problem I’ve been experiencing for the last year (with much shame): dry scalp. “Is it dandruff?” I asked sadly. “It doesn’t appear to be,” he told me. Changing climates can cause the scalp environment to go haywire, he explained, and that could be the root cause. He gave me this advice: Before getting into the shower, brush hair with a boar bristle brush, which will help loosen any dead skin and pull natural oils through the hair lengths. Then, when you shower, it should be easier to rid the scalp of any flaking skin. Yuck.

When all was said and done, I left with a hairstyle I wouldn’t normally wear, but that I actually quite love. Next up: Learning how to master this fishtail. It looks pretty amazing with ombré hair, too, no?

What do you think of my side fishtail? Love it or leave it?

Karie L. Frost Signature

(Model image via T3 Facebook; 3rd image: Rachel Scroggins)


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