Lucy Liu’s Artfully Disheveled Braids:
The key phrase for stylist Andy LeCompte’s ‘do for Lucy Liu was “perfect imperfection.” The braided look’s slight messiness balanced out her uber-feminine, Marie Antoinette-inspired gown. Note: When you’re doing a braided style, it’s best to do it on day-old hair—it’s easier to grip and create texture with than clean hair.
Here’s how Andy created the look:
1. First, Andy prepped Lucy’s dry hair with a small amount of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier style primer ($18, amazon.com ). Then, a bit of Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz beach texture spray ($18.55, amazon.com) created texture at the root and length of the hair.
3. Andy gave Lucy a deep side part, then French braided each of the resulting two sections of hair down the side of the actress’ head. The two braids merged at the bottom, keeping everything shifted slightly to the side so the braid hangs over the shoulder.
4. Here’s how to merge your braids (this sounds a little complicated, but it’s not as difficult as it sounds): Andy placed one braid over the other, then flipped the ends of the hair through the hole of the two braids. Then the two French braids were merged into one fishtail braid at the bottom. A touch of Wella Professionals Rugged Fix matte molding crème ($11.45, amazon.com) on the ends added a rugged texture.
5. A spritz of Wella Professionals Stay Essential finishing spray ($9.30, amazon.com) finished off the look for lasting, flexible hold.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.