Recreate Olivia Culpo’s striking braided ponytail
By Jordyn Christensen
Beauty Crew Contributor / March 07 2017
The hairstylist behind the look shares the exact steps
While Olivia Culpo may not have the titles actress or singer on her resume (just yet, anyway), the social media star has fast become one of the must-watch celebrities when it comes to beauty inspiration.
The sleek style was the work of celebrity hairstylist and TRESemme Global Ambassador Justine Marjan, and we couldn’t resist asking her how she created this incredible braided ‘do.
Here are the exact steps for recreating Olivia Culpo’s braided ponytail.
Section your hair
Section off two one-inch sections at both temples, using the arch of your eyebrow as a guide. It’s a good idea to use crocodile clips to pin the hair around the sections away, as this will help create a cleaner finish.
Time to braid
Add gel to the roots of the hair you’ve just sectioned. Try [expensive gel that holds while still promising flexibility] to give your hair the hold you need, while still allowing for some flexibility. Then create a dutch braid on each section, starting at your temple and finishing at the crown of your head. Once you’ve reached the crown, continue to braid the section without picking up pieces from your scalp until you reach the end.
Add more gel
Once your side braids are done, apply more gel to the roots of your hair at the top section that’s between the braids. Then brush this back into a high ponytail, adding the braided sections and securing with an elastic
Secure the rest of your hair
Add gel to the roots for the rest of your hair (everything sitting below your side braids), tilt your head back, then brush the remaining hair into the ponytail and secure with another elastic.
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