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How-To: Emily Blunt’s French Braid Bun

 

Need some chic summer updo inspiration? How about this celeb-approved French braid bun from Founder of the Beachwaver and celeb stylist Sarah Potempa (@sarahpotempa)?!

Sarah whipped up this style for her stunning client Emily Blunt for Monday’s NYC premiere of her new film "A Quiet Place." The horror flick co-stars Emily and her husband John Krasinski (who’s also a former client and longtime friend of Sarah’s!). Paired with Emily’s strapless velvet Oscar De La Renta gown and ruby Lorraine Schwartz earrings? It was a red carpet style to die for ;) 

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos below, then follow Sarah’s tutorial to recreate Emily’s red carpet style! 

1. Apply a volumizing spray, and loosely blow-dry, directing the hair upward.

2. Using the Beachwaver Coast Pro, take small sections around the hairline, and smooth the root upward.

3. Smooth the hair back using the Mini On Set Pro Brush, and separate into three sections.

4. French braid down by following the mantra “Right over the middle, left over the middle,” adding hair from the root each time. Repeat until you reach the nape.

5. Secure with a clear elastic, then roll the braid under and pin it at the base.


 

10 Tricks for Gorgeous, Low-Maintenance Hair

1) Cut Layers

Layers look great whether they're blown or out air dried. It also will cut down on your salon visits, because layers still look great as they grow out.

2) Shave Time Off Your Blow-Dry

Drying hair can be made easier by “flipping wet hair upside down and blasting with a dryer until it’s almost dry, then go over only the top layer with a big curling iron to create loose waves,” says stylist Nunzio Saviano.

3) Style While You Snooze

For loose waves and smooth roots, Sarah Potempa, suggests splitting hair into two sections, then twisting each side back, away from the face, and wrapping into small buns. Secure with bobby pins; release in the morning. 

4) Go Easy on the Product

To stretch your days between washing your hair, use less product so there is less buildup. Extra product can make hair appear dirtier.

5) Treat Your Locks With TLC

When your hair is healthy, it's easier to style and maintain. Using a treatment and nourishing mask every once in a while will help to keep your locks lovely.

6) Don't OD on Dry Shampoo

If you use too much dry shampoo, it can actually clog your hair follicles and risk the health of the new hair growing in.

7) Twist and Go

When your hair is wet, separate it into strand and twist them and don't touch them. Then when they dry, you'll have nice, loose waves.

8) Prolong Your Color

It can be so hard to keep up with hair growing out after you color it. “I choose a color no more than two shades lighter than the natural one, then start the color about a quarter inch off the scalp. That way, the grow-out is very subtle,” says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at the Nunzio Saviano Salon.

9) Think: Big Picture

For some, “it may pay to invest time or money in one high-maintenance service in order to be lower maintenance on a daily basis,” says Jenny Cho. Some examples of this include: Get keratin smoothing treatment every three to four months to make blow-drying and frizz-fighting go more quickly. Splurge on a professional blow-out or give yourself a blow-out once a week.

10) Focus on the Front

If your hair is wet, Sarah Potempa says to blow-dry just the hair around your face, then put the rest in a loose French braid to air-dry. “This will ultimately create soft waves and minimize frizz,” she says. “And in the short term, it helps you look groomed, even if only 30 percent of your hair is dry. The key is making it appear like a deliberate style.”

Full article here.