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Curly hairstyles: Zoe Saldana's messy fishtail braid

/ 03.03.2015
Zoe Saldana with a messy fishtail braid at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party
Zoe Saldana with a messy fishtail braid at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party

L'Oréal Paris spokesperson Zoe Saldana gave us plenty of fancy hairspiration at the Oscars this year with not just one, but two gorgeous curly hairstyles! The actress began the night with a chic chignon, then switched things up with a fishtail braid for the after party later in the evening.

To master her textured, messy braid, just follow the tutorial below.

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Step one
Starting with clean, towel dried, apply a smoothing cream evenly throughout, then blow-dry on a medium heat with the diffuser attachment.

If you have naturally straight hair, apply the cream and blow-dry using a paddle brush to keep your strands smooth - you'll add the curls later.

Step two
When your hair is totally dry, use a curling iron to create more curls wherever you need to fill out the shape - or all over if you started with straight locks.

Step three
Spray the roots at the crown and back of your head with a volumizing hairspray. Gently massage them with your fingertips and tease with a fine-tooth comb as necessary to add height and boost volume.

Step four
Gather your hair at the nape of your neck and fishtail braid it all the way to the ends. After securing the braid, gently pull the braid out at the sides to loosen it.

Step five
To add texture, roll the finished braid between your palms and tease a few wispy pieces of hair loose here and there.

Step six
Complete the look with a veil of strong hold hairspray and you're good to go!

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