Interpreting the theme of punk can yield a great many different looks – as this year’s Met Gala proved. Cara Delevingne‘s outfit of a studded Burberry dress wasn’t the most extreme, but it did stick in the mind for being the kind of look any girl would want to make her own. And much of the effect also came down to her smokey eyes, studded jewellery, and glamorous yet punkish hairstyle.
The hairstyle is one you might call a faux half-shaved head: featuring a side part and a small, tight braid sitting close to the scalp. Like many of this year’s favourite elements of fashion, it’s both feminine and tough – making it a perfect hairstyle for 2013 to add to your repertoire.
We’ve put together some steps on creating the look after the break.
How to: Cara Delevingne’s faux-shaved side hair with braid.
What you’ll need.
The tools will vary depending on your hair type and preferred products, but we’re going to work with the following:
- A texturising spray or volumiser (if your hair is finer)
- A blow drier
- A hair oil such as Argan oil
- A tail comb
- One small rubber band or hair tie
If starting from washed hair: apply a volumising spray to the roots while hair is still damp and blow dry the roots upwards to create a bit of lift in the hair.
Punk pals Chanel Iman & Cara Delevingne at the 2013 MET Ball.
Add another section of hair to the right strand and cross it over the middle. Keep repeating this process of crossing the hair over the middle, first left then right, adding a bit of hair with each crossover.
Cara Delevingne & Sienna Miller at the 2013 MET Gala.
If you want an even more rock-chic, heavily textured effect you can also use a sea-salt spray or some wax product in the free-flowing section to make it grittier.
Once you’ve mastered the art of creating a small, neat braid (which can take a bit of practice) this hairstyle will serve you perfectly during the day with jeans and boots, as well as to add a bit of punk attitude to a sweeping gown at night. Add an ear cuff to really complete the look.
Photos courtesy Burberry & @CaraDelevingne.