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George Lucas, writer and director of the Star Wars films, claims that the “cinnamon bun” hairstyle worn by his female heroine was based a look popular with Mexican revolutionaries at the turn of the 20th century. The style has sparked endless parody, and much criticism, but it’s also one of the most memorable film hairstyles ever created. The perfect center part and slick roots have a severity and seriousness that combines intriguingly with the girlish whimsy of the ear-covering buns. This blend of strictness and youthful femininity is still worth emulating, and small changes in proportion and texture modernize the look. Read on for simple steps to looking like a warrior princess. — Laura Martin

Step: Apply hair creme through clean dry strands and part cleanly down the center from forehead to nape. Pull into 2 tight side ponytails centered just above the ears.

Step: Braid each ponytail into a 3 strand plait. The braid may be loose or compact depending on the desired finish. Mist each completed braid with holding spray and pull apart slightly if desired.

Step: Wind each braid into a coil around the base of the ponytail, securing with bobby pins. Cover the ears to look sweet or expose them for a stronger feeling.

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted

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