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How-To: Emily Blunt's Braided Crown for Time 100

We all know Emily Blunt + red carpet appearance = MAJOR hair inspo—especially when celeb stylist and Beachwaver inventor Sarah Potempa is involved.

Case in point? Emily’s ethereal, French braided crown updo Sarah created for the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night.

“I was inspired by Emily’s beautiful Brock Collection dress to create a braided crown with a gold leaf accent piece,” shares Sarah.

And yes, this style looks elaborate, but as Sarah explains below, it’s actually just two French braids crisscrossed and pinned together! Here’s her how-to, so you can recreate Emily’s look at home.

1. Create a clean side part, and blow dry with the On Set Pro Brush. Once dry, smooth with the Coast Pro.

2. Starting at the root, separate the hair into three pieces, and create a French braid, leaving out a few face-framing pieces. Then repeat on the other side.

3. Pancake the braid by gently tugging on the edges of the hair to give it more texture.

4. Take the two tails of the braids, and wrap them around eachother. Secure to the base with bobby pins. 

5. Using the Coast Pro, create S-shaped waves on the face-framing pieces. Spritz a flexible hairspray to flyaways and smooth.

6. Finish by adding a Beachwaver Leaf Hair Chain above the braids, securing with bobby pins.


 

How-To: Topsy Tail Faux Braid

This stunning topsy tail updo by hairstylist Diana Giannini (@lzhouseofhair) may look super intricate, but, trust us—you can totally master it at home. To find out how, we visited Diana—an OG Beachwaver user—during one of her recent coloring and braiding classes, where she was demoing the Beachwaver Pro 1.25

“The Beachwaver really is the only iron I ever use!” shares Diana. “It cuts down on styling time, and it’s great for hairstylists because it keeps our alignment straight, which takes pressure off our wrists.” 

Want to try this look for an upcoming summer wedding, prom and—let’s be honest—EVERY special occasion in between?! Follow Diana's steps below to learn how to create your new favorite ‘do.

1. For the perfect foundation for the style, Beachwave all the hair at a slight angle using a 1.25” barrel. Use a smaller barrel (like the Beachwaver S.75) around the face. Spray hair generously with a dry texture spray.

 

2. Take a small section from the top, and twist inward and back. Holding the ends with one hand, pinch and pull (pancake) the surface to add volume. Repeat on the other side, then secure with a clear elastic slightly right of center and slightly below where you want the pony to end up.

3. Repeat step 2, but this time secure slightly left of center (Pro tip: crisscrossing the ponies this way conceals the elastics).

4. Repeat this process on the left, then right, then left, etc. As you work, take a small section from the underside of each pony, and pull gently to tighten.

5. Once you reach about halfway down the head, continue to take hair from each side but do NOT twist. Instead, secure with an elastic, then open the pony, and pull the hair through (create a topsy tail). 

 

6. Once you reach the end (you can go as far down as you want—Diana chose to leave a few inches out at the bottom), secure, then spray with dry texture spray. Pancake any pieces that feel tight to add volume. Tease the ends with a comb or your fingers.

Voilà! Now you're ready for any special occasion the summer season throws at you!