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HOW-TO: Rachel McAdams’ Sleek Textured Knot at the Oscars by Mark Townsend


02 . 29 . 16
Justine Marjan

Justine Marjan

Editor at Mane Addicts
As Editorial Director of Mane Addicts, Justine was enlisted as one of two to create the site in Jen Atkin's vision from the very beginning. A hairstylist for over 10 years, she loves all things beauty and fashion. She enjoys traveling the globe, long flights sans internet, and a good sheet mask.
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Textured Knot Rachel McAdams Oscars 2016 Mark Townsend

When girl-next-door cute and sex-kitten sultry meet tea-with-the-Queen elegant, you have yourself a Rachel McAdams, whose equally exquisite mane makes for a celebrity hairstylist’s dream canvas. The Spotlight starlet dazzled at the Oscars, for which Mark Townsend transformed Rachel’s blonde lob into a glossy, textured updo.

Textured Knot Rachel McAdams Oscars 2016 Mark Townsend

Townsend said, “When I saw the August Getty gown Rachel McAdams was going to wear to the Oscars, I immediately knew that her hair should be up. We both agreed on a clean and sleek look to complement the gorgeous dress.” And we absolutely adore Mane Master Townsend’s demure creation–scroll ahead for his guide to Rachel’s updo.

Textured Knot Rachel McAdams Mark Townsend Oscars 2016


  1. Apply new Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil to damp hair to nourish strands and seal the cuticle.
  2. Blow out hair straight with Spornette Porcupine Rounder Brush using Ghd Air™ Hairdryer (Townsend’s fave).
  3. Once the hair is fully dry, take Ghd Platinum Professional Styler and straighten tresses section by section.
  4. Section hair into a deep side part. For a glossy, wet look, coat hands with John Masters Organics Rosemary and Peppermint Detangler and pull the hair back into a textured knot.
  5. Using French hair pins to secure the knot, make an imperfect shape.
  6. Finish the look by spraying Dove Style+Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray all over to set the look and tame flyaways.

Short-haired gals can rock updo’s too, ya know!

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