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Web-Like, Braided Flat Chignons At Jason Wu’s Fall 2010 Show

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Remember that scene in The Piano where Holly Hunter plays her beloved piano at the beach, as her daughter plays in the sand, doing cartwheels and twirling by the water? If you remember precisely, Hunter’s character wore her hair in a braided chignon, with two thick, looping braids along each side of her head. The intoxicating romanticism of that scene, the innocence of Hunter sharing her love of music with her young daughter, and the nod to 19th century notions of beauty and style all informed the hairstyles created by Aveda lead stylist Odile Gilbert for Jason Wu’s Fall 2010 runway show.

To get the look, Gilbert and her team started out by preparing the hair with Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Hair Glossing Straightener, blow drying the hair straight with a flat brush and gathering the hair into a loose, low ponytail at the nape of the neck, with strands of hair covering the ears. They then sprayed Aveda Control Force Hair Spray, a new product launching in June 2010. Next, a 10-inch bungee elastic cord was wrapped around the ponytail in a criss-cross pattern, working from top to bottom to create a braided effect. The elastic was then tied at the bottom of the ponytail which was, in turn, twisted up into a flat chignon and secured with bobby pins. Once again, some Aveda Control Force Hair Spray was used to give the look greater hold.

The final effect is pretty stunning, and yet it’s quite easy to recreate at home. Score!

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