Everything we know about Kate Bosworth's surprising updo

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Kate Bosworth attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

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Following one of the last awards show of the season, Hollywood’s biggest names gathered at the Vanity Fair after party wearing their fanciest dresses. Among the headline-worthy fashion moments was Kate Bosworth’s look, which managed to steal the spotlight (or at least made us do a double take).

The 37-year-old star arrived sporting a stunning silver Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture gown, which featured a black velvet bow running from the left shoulder down into a train. The detail paired perfectly with the “Blue Crush” star’s business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back updo. From the front, her hair appeared to be slicked back in a tight bun, allowing the dress to do all the work. However, from any other angle, you saw celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager's genius work, which incorporated three different styles into one.

While it looks quite complicated to DIY, the hair is simply sectioned off into a half-up ponytail leading into a french braid at the bottom. It’s not so much about technique as all about the foundation of the hair, says Brager.

“Anytime I start a style for the red carpet I always start on a clean just washed, fresh foundation. My go-to is Herbal Essences Sulfate-Free Bio: renew Aloe and Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner, it offers a punch of moisture and balance,” she says.

She breaks down Bosworth’s Oscar look in five easy steps:

Step 1: “To begin the hairstyle, I used a spritz of Herbal Essences’s Argan Oil & Aloe Hair Mist Oil. This oil is the perfect elixir...,” she explained. “It protects the hair from heat damage, adds shine and smooths the hair completely! I sprayed the oil mid-shaft to ends and brushed through for even distribution.”

Step 2: Next, the hairstylist says she adds a volumizing spray to the roots to ends and massaged the product into the hair.

“Then I used my GHD blow dryer to rough dry the hair until 80 per cent dry, moving from side to side and pulling up at the roots. I then used a medium sized round brush to smooth the hair until hair was 100 per cent dry. It’s very important to fully dry your hairstyle,” she continued. “If you don’t by the end of the night your hair will be completely flat and won’t hold any style. Always put the time into your blowout!”

Step 3: “Next, I made a parting from ear to ear (two sections - top and bottom). I gathered the hair (top section) and used a hair gel and a small toothbrush to smooth away all flyaways,” Brager explained. “Once I secure the first (top) section with an elastic, I moved on to the lengths of the hair and smoothed those with a GHD flat iron and added another spritz of Herbal Essences’s Argan Oil & Aloe Hair Mist Oil for shine. “

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Step 4:  After that, the stylist turned to braiding.

“I then French braided the hair starting at the top of the ear into the middle and through the lengths. Then I went on to the other side and did the same,” she explained. “Next, I crisscrossed the French braids and secured them tight to the bottom of her neck mimicking her hairline I secured the braids with hairpins.” 

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Step 5: Now for the finishing touches.

“I placed the vintage bracelet at the top of her head. Once the look was complete, I sprayed with Herbal Essences Set Me Up Beautiful Bold Hold Hairspray and she was set,” she said.

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