Welcome to awards season, folks. It feels like the red carpet is rolled out almost every Sunday evening, while I enjoy dazzling celebrity beauty and fashion from the comfort of my couch (with a face mask and glass of wine as my major accessories). At each show you'll find slicked-back buns, long, flowing waves, and natural curls at every turn, many prepped and styled with some of the industry's most lux products. That being said, a few of my favorite looks are created with drugstore products, making them accessible to more than just the Hollywood elite. I was pleased to discover that the low braided bun Adam Adams' wore to the Critics' Choice Awards fell into the latter category.
Tresemmé Celebrity stylist (and favorite among Byrdie editors) John D created this playful yet clean look with just two products— and the hero product only costs $5. "I loved the idea of pulling her hair back to showcase her gorgeous face," John D said when asked about the look. "We opted for a deep center part and pulled her hair back into a low braided bun. Chic and classic."
Below, find the breakdown of this look so you can try it at home (I just successfully recreated it in my tiny New York City bathroom, so it can, in fact, be done).
Step 1: "Prep clean, damp hair by squeezing Tresemmé's Thermal Creations Blow Dry Balm ($5) in your palms, emulsifying, and raking it throughout your hair," John D instructs. "Brush it all through to ensure an even distribution of product. This balm helps add smoothness and shine to the final style, while protecting your hair from heat styling."
Step 2: "Blow dry your hair using a medium-sized round brush to smooth and create some body. When you're creating the braided bun, your hair will fall easily into place," he notes.
Step 3: "Create a deep center parting and pull your hair back into a low pony," he says. "Secure using an elastic."
Step 4: "Separate the ponytail into two parts and fishtail braid each one, also securing both with an elastic," he continues.
Step 5: "Once finished, twist the two braids around the base of your pony," he adds. "Secure them using a few hair pins to hold the style in place."
Step 4: "Finish the overall look with a spritz of the Compressed Micro Mist Level 4 Hair Spray ($6) to keep hair locked into place and full of shine," John D concludes.