We are so on top of Kristen Stewart’s hair changes. Yesterday, she stuck it to the brunettes by stepping out with a new fiery red hair color. And then, she ups her hair game even more by banging out this sick braided updo at The Twilight Saga: Eclipse New York screening last night. It’s too much hair goodness at once from one tiny person!
And we want need the look. So, we talked to the stylist who created the look for the starlet last night, Fekkai Celebrity Stylist Adir Abergel, to find out how you can create this updo at home in three easy steps. And it’s pretty inclusive, even if your hair is moderately short. “When Kristen’s hair is down, it is just beneath her shoulder, but this is great for any length of hair,” Adir assured us.
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1. BLOW DRY WITHOUT YOUR BRUSH: Post-shower, rub some texturizing product into the roots of your hair, like a beach spray or volumizing mousse (Adir used Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Styling Whip, $23). Then blow it dry, but leave your brush in the drawer. “I blow-dried Kristen’s hair using my hands to create the rough and natural texture,” said Adir.
2. GET A FRIEND TO BRAID IT: Part your hair on the side and then make a French braid starting behind one ear and going over the top of your head. “Instead of starting the braid at the top of the hair like a typical braid, I took one section from the side,” said Adir. This can get tricky, so it’s best to enlist the help of friend unless you’re double-jointed or have three arms. Secure the braid with one pin at the top of your head and another behind your ear and then loosen it – CAREFULLY – by pulling out bits of hair to create a soft, undone look. You don’t want it to be too tight.
3. FINISH IT UP: Take the rest of your hair – the back portion that didn’t go into the braid – and tie it into a loose bun at the nape of your neck. You can play with the placement and try putting it on one side, but don’t make it too high, or else you risk looking like a flower girl. Secure it with a few large pins and then gently muss your whole head to make everything soft and slightly undone. Finish with a light mist of hairspray.