Modern Geisha Hair Tutorial

A couple of you guys asked for a "how to" guide for creating a modern Geisha hair style so here is a easy tutorial. This look was created by Nelson Vercher for The Rita Hazan Salon for the Costello Tagliapietra Fall/Winter 2010 Runway Show. This modern big hair has a very edgy look without being a literal take on a traditional geisha-inspired updo and finished with a knot to work with the Asian influence of the collection. 

 How To get the Look: Volumizer and hair spray are the two key products to create this voluminous updo.
  • Volumizer spray at the roots of dry hair before setting it in velcro rollers
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • Shake out hair.
  • Tease to increase the volume.
  • Brush hair up to smooth, and overdirect it up and forward.
  • Twist at the top and pin in a high knot.
  • Finish with a fine-mist/strong hold hairspray .
Now you have a modern undone Geisha Updo.

 If you want to try a more traditional Geisha hair style:a tutorial from artist Gerri Garrick

Traditional geisha are Japanese performance artists. Their art consists of classical music and dance. Geisha have become as famous for their elaborate makeup, hairstyle and dress as their artistry. Japanese geisha have long been mistaken for prostitutes, because during WWII, prostitutes often imitated the look of geisha, even calling themselves "Geisha Girls." The American GIs often did not know the difference between the “Geisha Girls,” and true geisha. Creating the geisha hairstyle can be time consuming. Follow these steps to create a beautiful geisha hairdo in as little time as possible.

Difficulty: Moderate-Instructions
Things You'll Need:
Volumizing shampoo
Round brush
Bobby pins
Extra-firm hold hairspray

Step 1: Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and apply mousse throughout. Blow-dry your hair straight with a big round brush, pulling the hair taut from the roots to the ends. When the hair is dry, tease the hair underneath slightly to add volume.
Step 2: Part your hair into three sections; at the top and at two sides. Leave the back hanging down for now. Brush the hair on top smooth and create a poof by flipping it back over the top of your head, and securing it with pins at the crown. Push your hand directly into your hairline and with the hair between your fingers; pull gently upwards creating the “poof.” Spray this top section with extra firm holding hairspray, especially at the crown where it is pinned
Step 3: Take one side section and hold the hair directly out to the side. Gradually roll the hair around your entire hand, in a backward motion toward you head. This should create a wide roll. Pin inside the roll firmly to your head. If the roll is looking narrow, loosen it with your fingers at the pins to make it wider. Completely secure it with a lot of hairspray. Repeat the roll on the other side
Step 4: Smooth the remaining hair hanging down in the back with a brush. Roll the hair up in one giant roll toward to the nape of your neck and secure with pins. You may need a friend to help, as the roll should be the width of both of your hands with your fingertips together. You may drop sections if you try to pin it up yourself. Again, spray it like crazy with the firm hairspray
Step 5: Adorn your hair with chopsticks, crossing each other in the back of your head, with the tops at the crown. Pin a large flower, such as a sunflower in between the top and a side roll, facing front, and as many others flowers around your head, in between rolls, as you desire (see Resources). Now all you have to do to complete your geisha look, is create the elaborate white-faced makeup and dress in the elaborate kimono costume. 
  • Tips & Warnings 
    This hairstyle can only be created with long hair. If you have short hair, you may want to consider buying a geisha wig (see Resources). You can never have too much hairspray with this look. The wide rolls will need extra support to stay in place.  Have fun and good luck!


  1. I should give this a try. Really like it. xx

  2. let me know how it works out :)


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