This Summer Hair Trend Looks Way More Expensive Than It Is

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Who knew one of Hollywood’s most regal-looking hairstyles could be its most affordable, too? When we noticed stars like Condola Rashad and Jourdan Dunn wearing braids and ponytails wrapped in metallic thread and wire, we were sure that the look must be achieved with some kind of luxe, available-to-stylists-only type of gear. But as hair stylist Lacy Redway shared, some of these styles are actually made with cents-on-the-yard wire purchased from the hardware or fabric store.
Though the materials needed to dupe the look are easily obtained, there’s a trick to figuring out how to work with slippery chains and ribbons. Mark Townsend, a celebrity stylist for Dove, offers a little help: “When I’m working with these materials, I always liberally spray both the hair and the metal with Dove Dry Shampoo because the powders in the dry shampoo create friction and help [keep] the metal in place,” he says. “Then, I’ll secure the metal with a bobby pin to keep it from slipping out.”
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To elevate your basic ponytails and braids, all you need is some loose change and a little inspo — find the latter, ahead.
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Redway provides cool contrast to Selah Marley’s dark hair by gathering her braids with thick metallic silver wire. “I secure the ponytail with a regular elastic, then I go back in with the wire to add detail to the ponytail," she says.
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After spraying hair with dry shampoo to add texture, Townsend added the coolest blink-and-you-miss it detail to Mary-Kate Olsen’s Met Gala look.
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To create a half-updo with more impact, stylist Adir Abergel binded segmented ponies with golden metallic wrapping.
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Hair cuffs and strategically-placed metallic thread serve as highlighter for the hair in this look by Redway on Jourdan Dunn
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Stylist Mara Roszak adds cool detail to Brie Larson’s reverse french braid by securing the ends with metallic wrapping.
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Redway sections off an extra-long pony on Condola Rashad with an inch or so of wrapped metallic threading to transform a simple style into one with volume and glamour.
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For her 2018 Oscar look, Lupita Nyongo and stylist Vernon Francis found inspiration in the Amasunzu hairstyles of Rwanda. The hair’s crown-like shape is further emphasized by metallic thread that runs throughout.
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Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle gathered her locs into a stunning, wire-wrapped updo at the Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards in LA.
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Marrying two hair trends at once, Sasha Lane wears a scrunchie and thread-wrapped locs.
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