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Celeb 'Do How-To: ScarJo's Halo Braid

Face it: Without your own personal stylist (and, you know, the budget to afford one), there's no way you'll ever be able to pull off celebrity 'dos, right?

Wrong. So, so wrong.

With a little creativity (and some patience), you can rock hairstyles straight off the red carpet. Today's tutorial: Halo braid how-to, à la Scarlett Johansson.

What you'll need:

- One clear elastic

- Bobby pins

- Hairspray (JoiMist Firm Finishing Spray is one of my faves)

-Dry Shampoo (go for Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo)

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Before you begin:

- Braids (and lots of other styles) hold better when your hair is slightly dirty, so I suggest trying this style on second day hair. If you have to start out with freshly washed and blow-dried hair, you can easily add some texture by applying dry shampoo. I used Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, which I love for its fresh scent and the way it feels on my hair.

- For this hairstyle, you'll need to know how to French braid first. For newbies or anyone who needs to "brush" up (see what I did there?) on her braiding skills, check out our French braid tutorial before proceeding.

Let's get started.

1. Section off the top half of your hair and secure it out of the way.

2. Grab a small piece of your hair just behind your left ear. Section it into three pieces, and start French braiding.

3. Keep braiding from left to right across the bottom of your head.

4. When you reach your right ear, unfasten the top half of your hair and let it fall so you can use it. Continue the braid up to it's parallel to your ear.

5. Then, braid across the top from right to left.

6. When you've braided back to your left ear (where you started) and have incorporated all of your hair into the halo, braid the remaining hair down to the end.

 

7. Tie off the braid with a clear elastic.

 

8. Pull the remaining braid in the direction of the halo, on top of where you started with the French braid.

 

9. Take one bobby pin and secure the remaining braid on top of the French braid.

 

10. Tuck the end of the remaining braid behind the French braid.

 

11. Secure the end behind the French braid with a bobby pin.

 

12. Pin any additional flyaways, hairspray that baby and...voilà!

 

Now show us yours! Tweet photos of your halo braid to @loxabeauty or @hannahshaner, or upload them to our Facebook page. Questions or tutorial suggestions? Leave them in the comments below.

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