In three video tutorials, the co-founder of Windle & Moodie hair care shows VIOLET GREY how to make commonplace styles a whole lot more chic. 

Videos by EMI BELL


There are a lot of reasons why you should want Neil Moodie to do your hair. For one, he's a bona-fide industry legend whose editorial work has produced some of the most recognizable fashion editorials of the last quarter century (like those '90s shots of an early-career Kate Moss for The Face). Secondly, his roster of clients reads like a list of Best Actress nominees: Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton. Three, he’s the co-founder of Windle & Moodie, an eco-friendly hair care line that uses tea—after all, he’s a Brit—to infuse products with shine- and strength-boosting antioxidant powers. And lastly? He’s just really effing fun to spend time with (follow Moodie on Instagram to get a taste of his goofy, un-self-serious antics).  

Since Moodie is both super chill and preternaturally talented, we asked him for some very specific advice: what can we do to improve upon our everyday braids, bedhead and ponytails? Moodie’s solutions—the Snake Braid, the Hepburn Ponytail and the Lo-Fi Bombshell—are cooler, more interesting spins on your go-to styles. Watch as the stylist demonstrates each look in step-by-step tutorials on VIOLET GREY staffers. It’s the next best thing to having Moodie do your hair IRL. 


“It took a few weeks, but my bangs and I are finally getting used to each other’s company,” says Business Development Associate Alison Hutchison of her recent foray into fringe. A new hairstyle necessitates a new approach to styling, so Hutchison turned to Moodie for guidance. Using a “modern version” of Audrey Hepburn as an inspiration, Moodie delivered a polished, bouncy version of a high ponytail. After spritzing the bangs with Windle & Moodie Foundation Spray to lend strands hold and precision, he sectioned the rest of the hair and gently ran a straightener through each piece for uniform smoothness. Next, Moodie used a bristle brush—coated with hairspray—to gather the hair into a high ponytail before using his fingers to tease a bit of height at the crown and loosen a few pieces for face-framing softness “so it doesn’t feel too severe.”


For the slightly wavy hair of Beauty Editor Jayme Cyk, Moodie proposed a Snake Braid, an S-shaped update on the classic three-part plait. “It looks quite intricate and people are always wowed by it, but it’s actually quite quick and easy to do,” says Moodie. After prepping the hair with Windle & Moodie Invisible Day & Night Cream—to add piece-y-ness and eliminate flyaways—Moodie loosely braided a section near the face. Then, while gripping the center of the braid, he used his fingers to nudge the two outer pieces back towards the root. He repeated the process on the other side, and secured both braids at the back of the head with a clear elastic band. 


“It’s a kind of editorial, effortless wave—the kind of hair women want to wake up with,” says Moodie of the tousled ‘do he did on Office Manager Maribel Garcia. He started by adding a quarter-sized dollop of Invisible Cream—“it’s quite weightless, your hair drinks it”—to Garcia’s hair with his fingers, and coating the ends with Foundation Spray. Moodie then used a sock diffuser to mimic an air-dry effect while concentrating heat at the roots. After the hair had dried, he took large pieces (“the sections I take are quite random, they’re not uniform—that’s the trick to make it look more natural,” he explains) and wrapped them down the barrel of a curling iron. Moodie worked quickly, cautioning that holding tresses for too long on the curling iron could lead to “forced waves.” Once he finished with the iron, Moodie offered a simple mantra: “No brushes. No combs. Only fingers.” Accordingly, he completed the look by gently mussing the hair with his fingertips.