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Gigi rarely has a fashion misstep, but even for her this braided bun was a standout. The style, which she wore back in September (ahead of the game, as usual) epitomizes a trend I expect to see a lot of this year: classic shapes with intricate details. This look comes together in under 10 minutes, but—thanks to some careful detailing—it looks intricate and carefully constructed. It’s the perfect pairing for a streamlined ensemble like Gigi’s fitted jacket and sultry cat eye. Get step-by-step instructions for creating the look in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Spray roots lightly with hydro mist and use a round paddle brush to comb all hair into a high ponytail that sits just above the crown at the top-back of the head.

Step: Mist ponytail very lightly with hydro mist and braid into a simple, 3-strand plait using medium tension.

Step: Wrap braid around the base of the ponytail, keeping the right side of the braid flat against the head and attaching with bobby pins, creating a spiral.

Step: Using fingers, gently pull at the top edge of the braid, loosening the texture and adding height to the top of the bun. Finish with holding spray.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle 

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