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How To Get Claire Danes’ Gorgeous Braided Chignon

There’s something to be said about creating a look that hasn’t been seen all over the red carpet. Claire Danes’ hairstylist Peter Butler did just that with a 2-in-1 updo—a fishtail braid pinned up into a chignon that was undeniably chic.

“She’s wearing this extraordinary red Givenchy gown with an encrusted neckline—there’s something so romantic about the dress so I decided last night that I wanted to incorporate a braid, but I wasn’t sure how until this morning when I pulled it back in a long fishtail braid and pinned it up,” says Butler, who has worked with Danes for over 10 years.

Re-create Claire Danes’ look:

1. I began by working Leonor Greyl’s Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice into her damp strands before blowing them out with a round brush.

2. I used Leonor Greyl Voluforme at the roots around her hairline to lift it up and give it direction. I sprayed it, then just lifted it with my fingers.

3.“Next I pulled her hair into a low ponytail using a bungee elastic with hooks on the end to secure it in place, and created a fishtail braid,” he says. Butler pulled the braid apart so it was bigger and thicker, adding generous spritzes of Leonor Greyl’s Laque Souple  to ensure a long-lasting hold.

4. He then used hair pins to anchor the chignon to the back of Danes’ head. “I redid it three times, but the third time was the charm! I made sure she was standing while I pinned the braid into place to get a better idea of what it would look like throughout the night,” he adds.

When she saw it, she loved it, but thought it felt a little bit heavy. Once she put on the dress, she was like, “Okay it all makes sense now.”

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