At the premiere of Les Misérables, Amanda Seyfried looked every bit the superstar in a regal Grecian-inspired updo. Her slicked back locks and braided bun beautifully complemented her dramatic cat eyes, accentuated her long neck and put all the focus on the gold-embroidered bodice of her Alexander McQueen gown. Her mane man Renato Campora tells us how he created her gorgeous hairstyle.
Step 1: While your hair is still wet, apply a volumizing product, like Redken Body Full Instant Bodifier Volumizing Foam, throughout strands to create thickness. Then blow-dry with a paddle brush to detangle and smooth.
Step 2: Once your hair is dry, pull it into a high ponytail at the center of your head.
Step 3: Separate your ponytail into three sections and braid all the way to the tips. Secure the end of the braid with a small, clear elastic.
Step 4: Wrap the braid in a circular motion, creating a bun with it, and secure with bobby pins as you go.
Step 5: Tuck in the end (with the elastic) so that it’s not visible and firmly secure with bobby pins.
Step 6: Set the look with hair spray, like L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold. The front of the head should be very sleek, so keep flyaways at bay with a smoothing product, like John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer.
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team