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August 19, 2013

Milkmaid Braid

A braided updo like Christina Ricci's is a triple-threat in the beauty world. In addition to being perfect for warmer climes, it's a great way to conceal second-day strands, and is right in line with the trendy plaits all over the runways this season. "Can we all agree that braids are so great and hot right now? Beauty braids are major," Ricci's hairstylist Ted Gibson said. This style works best on hair that has a little grip—meaning unwashed strands are ideal—so Gibson began by working a volumizing spray from the star's roots to ends to give the style extra texture. After blow-drying her hair, he misted hairspray over individual sections before loosely wrapping each around a medium-barrel curling iron. Gibson formed a precise center part, then twisted braids on both sides of Ricci's head. "I used elastics to hold the braids in place before roughing up the plait with my fingers to make it bigger," he added. "Then, I pinned the braids at the top of her head." A final veil of hairspray kept the style in place, and locked out the humid elements.

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