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Photographed by Sondre Holmberg; Styled by Haley Loewenthal; Hair by Natasha Leibel at ARTISTS by Timothy Priano; Makeup by Allie Smith at Sarah Laird; Manicure by Rachel Shim / Artists By Timothy Priano
The Crowning Glory Braid
This look is for all of the procrastinators out there. Maybe you waited until the last minute to make plans, or you were already geared up for a night of PJs and the ball-drop on TV when the perfect party offer came your way. If you have 10 minutes and know how to braid, keep reading. You can still arrive in style.
Zara top, Rodebjer trousers, Lady Grey ear cuff and ring.
If you're already #blessed with wavy or curly hair, start off by scrunching in a curl-defining cream to cut down on frizz. For straighter strands, still apply a texturizing cream or mousse to damp strands, then just blowdry with a diffuser for messy-on-purpose texture.
Next, use the end of a tail comb to section off the top half of your hair. (Let the tops of your ears serve as a guide.) Brush through this section to create a smooth base for your crown braid.
Then, dust off those plaiting skills and three-strand braid the top half of your hair. (Nobody's got time for a fishtail. There's revelry to be had.) You won't be finishing the strand with a hair elastic, so keep gripping the ends once you've completed your braid.
Bring the braid behind one ear and pin it to your head to keep it in place. Wrap the remaining length of it across the top of your hairline, and crisscross two or three bobby pins over the ends behind your other ear. Use your fingers to gently tug the braid lightly apart to fatten it up.