Pretty Little Liars may have won big for Best Cable TV Drama last night at the People's Choice Awards, but it wasn't the shiny new award that we had our eyes on—it was Lucy Hale's crown braid. With her allover goth-Victorian look, from her chic lace-up black dress to her vampy plum pout, we thought the messy braid was the perfect way to tie the whole look together.
Hairstylist Kristin Ess worked her magic on the actress by focusing the braid at the crown and continuing into the back of the head. Given that the rain was in full effect at the show, Ess cheekily explained her method for keeping the look intact despite the weather: "Pin and pray." Noted.
What we love most about Hale's braid is that it was done on a short bob, proving short-haired girls can rock a super-chic updo too. What's more, after taking out the braided masterpiece (and we just have to say if we had that braid on our heads, we'd probably wear it for days), the end result was a textured, messy, beachy bob. Talk about the look that keeps on giving!
If we had to guess, we'd bet Ess used some major texturizing spray in Hale's tresses for this romantic 'do. We suggest spritzing on some Sexy Hair Spray Clay ($15) before braiding and pinning this look yourself.
What do you think of Hale's braid? What's your favorite way to style a short 'do? Tell us below!