Hair How-To: Edgy Braids

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It’s hard to pull off a braided hairstyle and not end up appearing too cutesy but leave it to Olivia’s creativity and the skill of one of her hairstylist’s, Marco Santini, to create a look that has some significant rock n roll edge to it. Our favorite part? Olivia wore this look out to a black tie affair in New York City, pairing it with an ethereal Dennis Basso number (as seen below) which brought the whole look into a perfect harmony of hard and soft. Read on to see how you can replicate the look above!

We started off with French braids on both sides of her head. starting at the front of the hairline, working our way down and finally wrapping behind the ear and closing with clear elastics (Olivia’s hair was dry when we started). Next, I blow dried the top middle portion of the hair starting at the crown and utilizing Davines Volume Spray, I moved from front to back with a medium round brush to create a smooth panel of hair that was pushed off of the face. To make sure the hair stayed secure in the style we created, I took one end of a thin transparent thread and secured it to a long bobby pin which I think threaded through the center back of the hair (like a thread and needle) and finished with a light hairspray.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m