Pumped-up pony! January Jones is known for her playful red carpet beauty looks (think: bright-blue eyeliner and artsy updos), and her latest hairstyle, a ponytail-braid hybrid, which she debuted at the Fox Upfront event, is certainly no exception. Which is why we’re highlighting the chic style in this week’s Look of the Week.
We tapped celebrity hairstylist Rebekah Forecast, who was the stylist behind the look, for all of the scoop!
“We were going for something really quite chic but also something modern and clean because of the lines of her [Smythe] suit,” Forecast tells PeopleStyle of the inspiration behind the braided updo. “We wanted to do a high ponytail, which gives you a really nice silhouette, but you do a style like that, you’re losing a lot of length from the back by lifting it all the way up to the top.”
Forecast’s solution to the lack of length? A double ponytail! (No extensions required!)
“I sectioned her hair and actually did two ponytails, which you weren’t meant to be able to see, but to give me more length at the back and for a high ponytail,” she says. “I didn’t want [the style] to look like two ponytails because then it would look mowhawk-y.”
But before separating Jones’ strands into two ponies, Forecast sprayed Kerastase Discipline Fluidissime Anti-Frizz Spray [Jones is a face of the brand] to the hair ends to smooth and then applied Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Mousse throughout the star’s tresses to create added body before blowing it out.
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Once Jones’ strands were blown out, it was time for teasing! The hair pro amped up the volume by back-combing the star’s hair (from the root to the crown) with a fine-tooth comb, bringing Jones’ hair to new heights but with a softer, sleek style.
To create the plait, the pro gathered the strands from the top section of the star’s hair to the middle of the ear, which created the first ponytail. The remaining hair then became the second ponytail.
Once the two tails were in place, it was time to start braiding! Forecast began twisting the plait as if it were a French braid but added in pieces like a fishtail twist, Forecast says, all the way to the ends, where the braid gradually grew more prominent.
Once the plait was in place, Forecast secured with an elastic and set the style with a light spray (Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray) for a slight sheen.
And if you liked the look as much as Jones did (“January was super, super happy,” says Forecast), the hair pro says it’s so simple you can easily pull this style off this summer. So, what’s stopping you?
What do you think of January’s double-ponytail plait? Will you be trying out the style? Share below!