Sure, there were a lot of details to discuss after the 89th Academy Awards aired last night (what a crazy ending!), but of course, our beauty editors were most excited about the hair and makeup. And while Dakota Johnson’s golden gown got mixed emotions among fashion critics, we were all heart eyes for her knotted half-updo. The simplistic and chic style was created by Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend who said they “took great inspiration from the 1990s. Because her dress, and especially the collar, was so gorgeous and ornate, we wanted to keep the hair sleek, straight, and minimal.” The style is best for medium to long hair lengths and can work on any hair texture, though working with smooth hair may be easiest.
Here’s our simplified take on how to recreate it at home:
- After blow drying hair with a mousse to create volume, pull the top half of your hair to the back and secure with a clear elastic. If hair is already dry, simply use a flat iron to straighten out strands to mimic the sleek finish.
- Divide the length of the ponytail into two pieces and tie into a knot. Secure in place with bobby pins like Scunci No-Slip Grip Bobby Pins ($10, walmart.com). Townsend likes to criss-cross his bobby pins to lock them in to prevent slipping.
- Continue creating knots with the two strands, twisting the knots in a circle, and securing with bobby pins as you go along. Hide any remaining hair behind the knots.
- Finish with a light hairspray like Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray ($4.50, target.com) to tame flyaways and keep the look sleek.