Emma Watson, star of the new pop blockbuster, Bling Ring, recently sported a chic intertwined braid updo on the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie. This sultry look is sophisticated yet youthful and has an artistic feel. It’s also great for the summer as it allows you to keep your hair out of your face when it’s hot. The coiled curls in back provide an additional wow-facture creating a visual dimension.
While this may look like it takes a master stylist to achieve, it is actually fairly simple to create yourself. There are also multiple ways this can be done to provide slightly different looks.
Mario Russo, leading expert hair stylist and owner of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, MA, loves this elegant yet edgy look and put together an easy-to-follow 10-step guide to recreating Emma’s intertwined braid style.
What you will need:
- Volumizing shampoo and conditioner (Mario suggests Bumble and Bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner because they give volume without leaving any heavy residue)
- Hair cream (Mario likes to use Oribe Light Moisturizing Cream because it smoothes frizz without weighing down your hair or making it look greasy)
- Dry shampoo (Mario suggests Oribe Dry Texturizer it is a great alternative to a dry shampoo)
- 2 ” diameter sized round brush
- 1 fine-toothed comb
- 2 clear hair ties (Mario loves Bungee’s because they give a great hold without breaking the hair)
- 4-6 bobby pins
- Medium hold hair spray (Mario suggests Moroccoan Oil Medium Hold hairspray because it provides both hold and shine)
- Wash hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner
- Blow-dry hair loosely with a 2” round brush, using Oribe Light Moisturizing Cream hair cream for softness and smoothness
- Once dry, generously layer in Oribe Dry Texturizer for texture and grip
- With a fine-tooth comb, make a deep side part by using the peak of your eyebrow as guide, then brush the hair through to the back on both sides and secure each with a hair tie to keep them separated
- Begin with the side that has less hair. Unfasten the hair tie and just above the ear begin French braiding, working it down to the nape of the neck, then fasten with the hair tie
- Repeat this process on the opposite side but divide the hair into two sections to allow you to braid two narrower lines on this side. The first should be parallel to temples and the second should be close to the crown
- Once the three pieces have been braided to the nape of the head, merge the remaining hair together and braid in the middle to the end of the pony
- Once the braid is finished, twist the hair into a bun at the base of the neck
- Secure the braid bun with 4-6 bobby pins
- To finish the look, lightly spray for hold and shine and you’re good to go!