I've got braids on the brain today and celebs just keep giving me more and more ammunition to write about them. First, it was the Krugermeister, who went all dandy on us, topping hers off with a black bow. Now it's Amanda Seyfried's turn. Now, as you may remember, we've already allowed Ms. Seyfried into the Bella Braidy Bunch for her stellar work with the hairstyle and she's at it again, this time at the premiere of her new flick Letters to Juliet (which FYI stars Summer Bay alumni Chris Egan). Here's how to recreate her take on the textured plait in five simple steps . . .
STEP 1: Add a volumising product to damp hair, such as ghd Fat Hair Lotion ($35), part on the side and then blow-dry hair using your fingers, not a brush. This look doesn't have to be super sleek, in fact, it'll work better if hair is texturised (read: a little unruly).
Keep reading . . .STEP 2: If you have really, really, really curly hair, use a straightener to straighten and fix up your fringe. Don't reduce volume too much. You'll need it.
STEP 3: Gather hair together at the nape of the neck and gently pull forwards so that it sits draping over you left shoulder. Section roughly into three groups and begin to braid together.
STEP 4: Continue braiding until you're about two inches from the tips. Secure with an elastic. Now, on each crossover, hold the braid and gently tease the hair upwards, holding the base of the braid with one hand and working the other gently upwards in the direction of your scalp. You want the braid to bunch and take on that textured-flyaway feel, not actually fall apart so take baby steps with each section.
STEP 5: Pull a few strands down from the opposite ear to add to the tousled effect and finish with a light hold hairspray that still allows the style to move like Kérastase Résistance Double Force Spray ($39.50).