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May 14, 2012

French Twist

While we love the effect a pitch-perfect retro updo has, carefree styles are often more practical. Emma Roberts showed off the best of both worlds with her breezy, vintage-inspired chignon. "I thought because Emma's dress had a sweet and classy feel to it—like something out of the old French film Belle du Jour—putting her hair up would be perfect," her hairstylist Marcus Francis told us. "The style is classic, and to capture it in a modern way, it needed to be soft, matte, and slightly imperfect." To create the actress's effortless texture, Francis added a volumizer from roots to ends, and rough-dried her hair. Using a paddle brush, he smoothed out the hairline and brushed strands upwards to create lift. After teasing the crown and vertical section on the sides, Francis created a deep side part, and allowed layers to fall out as he twisted Roberts's strands back and secured the style. "This helps to frame the face and keeps it from looking like a wedding 'do," he added.

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