Dakota Johnson showed us just how low she can go at the Los Angeles premiere of Fifty Shades Darker on Thursday, wearing a very plunging neckline. But her Valentino dress wouldn’t have been able to stand out if it weren’t for her epically gorgeous messy braid, and we know the secret straight from her stylist on how to achieve the look!

“For the Fifty Shades Darker premiere, we really wanted the focus to be on Dakota’s gorgeous dress,” Dove celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend tells Brit + Co. “We decided to keep her hair out of her face by doing a long, textured braid in the back.”

He started with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray on her damp roots, and then blew her hair out with a mixed bristle round brush. He set the top mohawk section with duck bill clips to create volume and sprayed a paddle brush with Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo before running it through the rest of her strands.

To create the plait, he twisted uneven sections of her locks into braids and twists, using dark bobby pins along the way to keep the loose bits secured. With the pony in place, he took out the duck bills and applied a bit of Dove Absolute Curls Crème Serum on the front pieces before pinning them back.

And voilà! A messy, put-together look that’s perfect for a red carpet, or just a night out.

So, who’s going to try this at home? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(Photos via Gregg DeGuire/Getty)