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How To Create The Braided Knotted Up-Do

As seen on the runway at Giorgio Armani, this hybrid blend of braids and a bun is stunning – yet surprisingly simple to recreate.

Braids meets bun

Multi-braid looks have been a key element of this season's take on braids. Double braids in particularly have been hugely popular, but stylists at Giorgio Armani took this trend one step further by incorporating the double braid into a stunning chignon. The end result is a look that's chic, delicate and classically feminine – and the perfect party hairstyle for any end of year social engagements.

A step-by-step guide

1. To begin, separate your hair as though you were creating a half-up, half-down ponytail – and secure the bottom half out of the way.

2. Working with the top half, part the hair into two sections and braid each side half way down the hair. Pin the loose ends of each braid off to the side.

4. Now, working with the bottom half of the hair, create a braid that starts on top of where the two smaller braids left off. Once you've reached the nape of the neck, create a bun using the remaining hair.

5. Finally, undo the two loose ends of the first two braids and gently twist them around the bun and secure to create a knotted chignon effect.

Give it hold

This ethereal and elegant look is meant to be a little imperfect and windswept. However, you also don't want it to fall apart the minute you hit the dance floor! To help your braided knot creation stay put, grab some bobby pins and spritz them with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium hairspray before inserting into your braided chignon as needed. Once the pins are in place give the final look a mist with L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Natural Finish Hairspray. The result? You can dance the night away without worrying that your up-do will come tumbling down at the stroke of midnight!

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