Want to know how to get Nikki Reed’s cool, textured side braid? Her stylist tells you how!
The second I saw Nikki Reed’s intricate side braid at the Activision Kick-Off Party For E3 in LA on June 14 I had to know how I could copy her effortlessly cool ‘do and how you could too obviously! Thankfully, celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess who created this stunning look promises it’s actually attainable. “It’s something that’s easy and works with anyone’s texture,” Kristin says. “There are so many hairdos we do on our celebs that are impossible to get. But, this is literally something you can do on yourself.” Nikki loved this look as much as I did too! “She’s super into it,” Kristin says. “She’s so down for anything.”
“This is a really great updo for someone with a couple of colors in their hair,” Kristin says. “We lightened Nikki’s hair up a little bit. With this you see a lot more of the color.” So, why the color change for Nikki? “ We wanted to even it out,” Kristin says. “We made the dark bottom a little lighter and did a subtle highlight around her face. It’s very low maintenance and it wont have a line. I don’t want her running around her filming location with roots or highlights that are fading.”
To get Nikki’s look, Kristin started by putting loose, rough waves into Nikki’s hair. Then, after making a deep side part, she loosely French braided the right, front side of her head. She then pulled the rest of her hair over her shoulder pinning a few pieces behind her ear in a twisting motion. “Take a piece and pin it back, if it doesn’t look good twist it another direction and pin it back again,” Kristin says. “It looks better when it’s not too intentional and too perfect.” Kristin did a fishtail braid for about two inches and then secured the hair letting it cascade back into her loose curls. If you haven’t mastered the messy hair look yet, Kristin suggests you, “do a perfect braid and then pull it apart. Go in with your fingers and pull out a couple of little pieces.”
– Marta Topran