How To Get Kate Bosworth's Braided Mohawk

Kate Bosworth’s been hitting the red carpet with a string of enviable side-parted and slicked-back styles lately, but she pulled out the big guns last night in honor of the New York premiere of her latest film, Big Sur (written, directed, and produced by her new husband, Michael Polish).

Inspired by the work of photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere—he’s famous for capturing elaborate braided styles in his native Nigeria—hairstylist Renato Campora whipped up what’s essentially a braided Mohawk, and certainly one of the coolest up-dos we’ve ever seen. Don’t worry, it’s easier to copy than it looks.

Campora prepped Bosworth’s hair with Serge Normant’s Meta Form Sculpting Pomade ($25) to make her locks “slick and easy to braid,” then divided it into three parts: the crown and two side sections stretching from her temple to the nape of her neck. “I brushed the left and right sections down, keeping the hair slick and clean,” he says. “Then I joined them together with a small rubber band to create a baby ponytail.” Braid this section and secure with a small elastic, like Goody Girls’ Mini/Small Clear Latex Elastics ($5).

Campora divided the top section of Bosworth’s locks into three parts, braiding each one to the end and securing with another elastic. “I blended the braids into the ponytail I created from the side sections to achieve a seamless look. Then, using bobby pins, I wrapped the braids against her head in an upward fashion to keep the hair in place,” he says.

Tuck the ends in and set with a heavy dose of hairspray. See, we told you it was easy!