At Bibhu Mohapatra's spring 2013 ready-to-wear show, hairstylist Amit Abraham worked with this season's beloved braids to create a look that was on-trend while entirely pushing forward the artform. Inspired by the luna moth, he coiled fishtails into a sleek bun supposed to mimic the insect's cocoon. "The unexpected shape of the rectangular bun commands attention,” he says. Here he gives us the step-by-step lowdown on how to easily master this elegant runway look on your own.
Step 1: Begin by creating a dramatic center part from your forehead to the nape of your neck.
Step 2: Spritz hair with shine spray. Abraham used L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Reinforcing Milk on the roots to create a super-flat graphic part. Then separate your hair into two ponytails.
Step 3: Working with each ponytail, create a tight fishtail braid using L'Oréal Professionnel Architexture Matte Defining Paste, which keeps braids smooth as you go. Tip: To create a fishtail braid, simply divide the ponytail into a left and right section. Then, beginning at the top, take a small section from the outside of the left and pass it over to the right. Repeat on the right side by passing a section from the outside right to the left. Continue alternating left to right sections until you have braided the entire length of the ponytail.
Step 4: Interlace the two ponytails into a horizontal rectangular shape, making sure to stay two inches above the nape of neck and to keep the shape no wider than your hairline. Place bobby pins strategically around the bun to hold it in place.
Step 5: To finish, spray Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray and Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray throughout hair for strong hold and ample shine.
Photo: Diane Bondareff/Invision for L'Oréal Professionnel/AP Images