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Photo: US Magazine

Say what you want about Olivia Palermo, but you can never say the girl doesn’t have great hair. As I was looking for some beauty inspiration for an upcoming event, I came across her photo at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala. Her style was so chic and yet so easy to recreate, even a total hair rookie could do it. It’s perfect for any evening event and utilizes two of my favorite hair things: braids and headbands. So if you want to kick off the new year looking fabulous, click through to the notes to learn how to emulate this style. –– Michelle Rotbart

Step One: Start with damp hair and work through a dime size of hair gel from roots to ends. This will help eliminate any flyways and hold this sleek style in place. Blow dry straight with a paddle brush.

Step Two: Once hair is dry, create a center part and rake hair back into a tight ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure with an elastic.

Step Three: Begin to weave the rope braid by splitting the length of your pony into two sections and twisting both of them clockwise. Once twisted, wrap them around each other in the reverse direction and secure with a clear elastic at the bottom.

Step Four: To finish your look, top off your style with a black headband or silk ribbon.

Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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