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02/08/2013 04:31 pm ET

New York Fashion Week Backstage Beauty: Corseted Ponytails At Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 (PHOTOS)

After reading the entire "Fifty Shades of Grey" series sneakily on my iPad, whenever I think of bondage, naughty things pop into my mind. But the corseted ponytails Aveda global director Antoinette Benders created for Kimberly Ovitz's fall 2013 show, put an entirely different twist on being strapped in.

"Kimberly’s collection explores the human psyche and innate defenses found in animals and insects,” explains Beenders. “I wanted to create a look that complemented the clothes -- like a shield of armor or an armadillo’s shell. The texture is smooth and finish is shiny, but there is a veil of protection. Think of a 1920s wave in a futuristic interpretation, just touched with danger."

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To get this look, Beenders made a center part, creating two sections on each side of the head. After soaking strands from the roots to mid-length with Phomoliient Styling Foam, she combed each side up into a high ponytail. Millinery elastic was used to anchor each ponytail in place, and then wrapped around locks in a criss-cross fashion to corset the hair. Pull the hair gently in between the elastic cord to get S-shaped waves, and smooth flyways with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Overlay the ponytails in a snake-like pattern along the hairline, securing with bobby pins. Finish with a blast of hair spray.

What do you think about this corseted ponytail? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

Get more backstage beauty access at Kimberly Ovitz's fall 2013 show in our slideshow below. And see all of our New York Fashion Week coverage here.

Backstage Beauty: Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013

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