We鈥檝e been obsessed with Gigi Hadid鈥檚 hair since she first stepped on the scene. Whether she鈥檚 rocking a freshly cut bob or a trendy topknot at NYFW (which has been her go-to in the past!), her hair is always on point. One of our most loved 鈥榙os of hers is what we鈥檙e dubbing the 鈥渙ff-duty model braid鈥: a take on the popular fishtail braid with a new twist that makes it look super chic. Come on, just look at this pic!

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This look is totally doable and easy to sport on the reg, making it a seriously legit style for cozy time and a night on the town 鈥 that鈥檚 how versatile it is. Give it a try the next time you鈥檙e in need of a polished look that鈥檒l make you look and feel like a supermodel.

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STEP 1: THE PERFECTLY PLACED PONY

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Part of the mystique of this style is the placement of the ponytail, so let鈥檚 start with that! Start by styling the ponytail by your upper crown 鈥 this is what really sets this look apart and gives it a high-fashion feel. Be sure to comb out any bumps with a comb so your look feels ultra polished.

STEP 2: SLEEK IT UP

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Next, add in more sleekness by applying shine serum on your ponytail 鈥 look for a serum that gives you a wet, yet non-greasy look and feel. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way, so don鈥檛 go overboard with product usage here!

STEP 3: BEGIN YOUR BRAID

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Before you begin braiding, take a piece of hair and clip it to one side (like we did above). You鈥檒l be using that strand of hair to wrap around your elastic band. Now part your ponytail into two sections and begin braiding your hair. The number one secret trick to Gigi鈥檚 look is an inverted braid (versus a traditional one) to create loads of volume. Start at the base of the ponytail and begin creating a tight fishtail by grabbing strands from *underneath* (versus over top), braiding with tension to add texture and dimension. Once you鈥檝e braided all the hair, secure with an elastic.

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Grabbing strands from underneath creates that coveted volume. Hair with extra body will create a thicker, fuller braid, which we鈥檙e allll about.

STEP 4: IT鈥橲 ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

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Pay extra attention to the base of your braid, and tug at it (this technique is called pancaking) to make it as wide + thick as possible. A thicker base will make for a more model-esque look, which is what we鈥檙e after here. Next, wrap your ponytail base with the strand you set aside for that sexy, polished vibe.

STEP 5:聽FLAWLESS FINISH

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Keep things extra sleek by combing away any bumps (again!) and BOOM 鈥 you鈥檙e now rocking a high-fashion braid like Gigi!

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Hair: Maritza Buelvas of Beauty for Bloggers
Photography: Jennifer Coffey of Jennifer Coffey Photo
Model: Michelle Mink
Location: Beauty for Bloggers Studio

(Photo via @gigihadid)

DIY Gigi Hadid's sleek + chic pony braid with this easy tutorial.