While we saw a ton of no-fuss, no-frills hairstyles on the red carpet at last night’s Oscars, Star Wars actress and overall gorgeous human being Daisy Ridley stepped out wearing a totally next-level updo. Her tiered, knotted style definitely stood out among the slew of center-parted ponytails because of its slightly futuristic, edgy vibe. We were such fans we decided to recreate this look in five (totally doable, we might add!) steps that’ll have you looking fierce in no time.
Step 1: Slick That Ponytail + Tame Those Flyaways
First, let’s create a sleek look. Pull your hair back into a mid-height ponytail and use a hair wax like TIGI Bed Head Hair Stick ($23) to tame all those baby hairs and flyaways down! You don’t want them distracting from this killer look.
Step 2: Curl Your Ponytail
Use a larger curling iron to place curls in your ponytail. This is going to help your hair shape into the twisted, knotty silhouette. Having hair with lots of body to work with is key for this look.
Step 3: Create The Top Bun
Use a rat tail comb to pull up a small section of hair from the base section of your ponytail. Then, bend it over toward the right side of your elastic band to create a half bun silhouette. Add some bobby pins to keep it in place.
Step 4: Braid + Pin the Remaining Hair
Now, loosely braid the hair that is in your ponytail halfway down — feel free to widen it and thicken it up if you feel it needs some oomph. Just make sure to leave out about half of your hair from the braid for the next step!
STEP 5: PIN YOUR BRAID IN PLACE
Once the braid is in place, use a small elastic to keep the hair in place so pinning up and under the first bun at the top of the ponytail will be easier to do without the hairs falling out.
Step 5: Knot + Pin Remaining Hair
Tie the remaining hair from your braid in a loose knot to create that final, knotty silhouette.
Finally, place a bobby pin right below the bottom knot and up and under the braided section from step 4. Leave a piece of hair peeking out to keep that edgy vibe.
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