Thanks to Rosie for finding and Michelle for the heads up — Gwen and her amazing styles are featured in the latest issue of Self magazine in Star Hair Transformations. They give us step-by-step tutorials on how to create her much loved braided messy up-do from the L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 fashion show and her gorgeous vintage half-up look from the Fashion’s Night Out gala from a couple years ago.
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Self — Fifteen years ago, this punk babe was topping the charts with No Doubt. Now Stefani is also a designer, glam style icon and mom!
Gwen Stefani’s surprisingly simple braids are practical, chic and appealingly unique.
Intricate braids look girly, but they’re tough enough to stay put when Stefani is giving her all on stage. (That’s saying a lot.) The style takes 15 minutes but lasts hours.
Start by spraying on a body enhancer through wet strands. (We like L’OrÃ©al Paris Studio Line Pumping Volume Spritz, $5.) Then blow-dry, creating a side part. Next, trace your finger along your part 2 inches back from your forehead, then straight over to the opposite temple, as if you were drawing two sides of a triangle. Clip the separated front piece out of the way, spritz the remaining pieces with a flexible-hold hairspray, and pull them into a high ponytail, suggests Johnny Lavoy, a hair expert with L’OrÃ©al Paris in NYC. Braid the pony, twist it around itself, and secure with bobby pins. Finally, split the remaining front section of hair into two even pieces, braid each, secure ends with tiny hair bands, and tuck both into your bun. Pin in place. If your hair is long enough, you can wrap the braids around the bun before you secure. Finish with a mist of hairspray and you’ll be ready to let loose.