Hair How-To: A 10-Minute Braided Look for After-Work Holiday Parties

Cutler's Emma Heser showed us how to create these easy braided buns in under 10 minutes.

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Flatten the braid against the back of the head, securing with pins (Emma recommends using French bobby pins if you can find them, as they offer extra hold). For a slightly undone look, gently muss fly away's around the face. Finish with Redken's Fashion Work 12 hairspray (also available for purchase at Cutler).
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This time of year, it's not uncommon to hit holiday parties straight after work, meaning your tresses might not be looking party-perfect. Luckily, Emma Heser, stylist at the 57th street Cutler Salon, knows an easy up-do that won't take more than 10 minutes. Emma recommends working with day-old hair to start, and prepping (if it needs it) with a light volume spray like Redken's Body Full Volume Amplifier (available at Cutler).
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Emma introduced us to a magical new product, Redken's "Powder Grip 03" (available to purchase at Cutler locations), which adds major texture and lift to the roots. To apply, Emma separated hair into sections, sprinkling powder and working through with the fingers to create a tousled look. If you don't have Powder Grip on hand, reach for a dry shampoo instead.
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Part hair with the fingers for a more natural look, and pull hair straight back at the temple. For extra "oompf," Emma used a comb to tease the back of the hair.
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Pull hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, being careful to keep the volume at the temple. Secure with ponytail holder.
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Braid the ponytail all the way to the ends of the hair and secure with a second elastic band.
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To flatten the ponytail, Emma applied more of her trusty Powder Grip 03, which kept hair secure even while gently pulling apart the sections.
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Using a bobby pin, carefully "thread" through the ends of the braid to tuck them back (like you would a needle). Thicker hair might require two.
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Flatten the braid against the back of the head, securing with pins (Emma recommends using French bobby pins if you can find them, as they offer extra hold). For a slightly undone look, gently pull out fly-away strands around the face. Finish with Redken's Fashion Work 12 hairspray (also available for purchase at Cutler).
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Catherine Blair Pfander
The finished look -- complete in about 10 minutes and ready for a night on the town.
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