Ask Style: How to Re-Create Red Carpet Hairstyles?
I saw a lot of fun hair looks during awards season, especially Charlize Theron's braided side bun, and I thought it would be fun to attempt for a party look. Can you tell me how to DIY at home? In the simplest terms possible, please!
—Renata, via the Ask Style inbox
I think we can all agree Charlize Theron is a goddess among mere mortals, and obviously that includes her blond crowing glory, too. Did you see her amazing coif for the Golden Globes? Girl is on fire in the hair department, and awards season has barely begun! We hate to complain, but why can't we all have a personal hairstylist on speed dial? It's just not fair! To ease the pain, we went ahead and got hairstylist-to-the-stars Tray Wilcox to break down the French braided bun into a few easy steps you can recreate at home.
First things first, you know how to French braid right? We were hoping this wasn't amateur hour, but just in case you need to brush up on your basics, this video is a godsend.
Now that you're in the know, "Begin by creating a deep side-part on the right side of your head. Starting with the hair to the right side your part, use a comb to mark off a rectangular section of hair that wraps around to the back of your head and ends right behind your left ear," says Wilcox.
Once you have it sectioned out, put the hair that will not be French braided (the hair to the left of your part) into an elastic. Now you're ready to start braiding! "Beginning at the front of your head, start to braid with the loose hair to the right of your part," instructs the stylist. "Continue braiding around the side of your head until you end behind your left ear." Make sure to tie an elastic (we prefer the thin, clear kind) around the French braided section, so your hard work doesn't come unraveled.
"Next, untie the section of hair to the left of your part, and add it to the elastic that is holding your braid in place," coaches Wilcox. Just to make sure we're on the same page, you should have a single ponytail behind your left ear with the French braid wrapping around the right side of your head. You got it? Good, because that was the hard part!
Now, take your ponytail and simply braid it down to the ends, and secure with another elastic. Then, wrap the braid in a circular motion around itself to create your braided side bun, and secure with yet another elastic. This type of braided bun is totally having a moment. Just check out all the celebs that love the style!
At this point you're nearly done. "Finish off the look by pulling out a few wisps of hair in the front on the opposite side of the braid to soften the style," advises the mane guru. You can use a curling iron to add a slight bend to the face-framing pieces. After that, hairspray it to within an inch of it's life, and you're ready to hit the party with your red carpet-worthy 'do!
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