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Lea Michele Got Bangs (Making Her the Leader of Our Braid Brigade)

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It was mere days ago that Lea Michele looked like this. But since the Broadway star knows something about making an entrance, she brought her bangs back in a big way: for the Fox upfronts, where she touted the upcoming Scream Queens. And though we are always delighted by (and want to discuss) any and all hair changes, what we’re really fixated on right now is how everyone’s doing the messy sideswept updo these days.

Lea Michele bangs
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The star’s fierce, full fringe was impossible to miss (to the point where we thought they might be clip-ins — turns out they’re the real deal, though) but it was her side fishtail that really got us talking. Our fave Hollywood hairstylist Sarah Potempa was enlisted to give Michele her perfect plait. After cutting Michele’s bangs, Potempa used her Beachwaver tool to curl the star’s hair, then pulled it into a high ponytail and braided from outside in (left over middle, right over middle). She mussed it up a bit by pulling pieces throughout, then swept the plait over Michele’s shoulder.

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Blake Lively, in Beijing for a screening, had a similar idea, recalling her best-ever fishtail with a super-messy, super-sexy low side braid. And finally, Pitch Perfect 2‘s Hailee Steinfeld stopped by to chat with Jimmy Kimmel wearing an undone side do that seemed to have started its life as a braid (see: the twisted parts at the top) and ended as a tousled, wavy mass that you could easily replicate after a beach day.

Are you loving Lea Michele’s bangs? Whose look is your fave?

–Alex Apatoff

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