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HOW-TO: Blake Lively’s Met Gala Modern 70’s Grecian Bun By Rod Ortega

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Wedding vibes came in strong at the Met when Blake Lively arrived in a modern 70’s Grecian bun. Crafted by Rod Ortega, the expecting mother’s mane made for the exquisite cherry on top of her powder-pink Burberry gown. Below, Rod’s breakdown of the steps, including the products he used, to achieve Blake’s otherworldly look. Brides-to-be—take note.

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  1. Start with wet hair and spray L’Oréal Blow Out Heat Spray onto root for
    volume. Finger dry the hair starting at the root area with the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer.
  2. Once dry, use the T3 Vent Brush and smooth it in pieces here and there, keeping some texture. Rod says, “I wanted the final look to let the hair expand – didn’t want it too tight.”
  3. Next, take the top section of the hair into a triangle (from temple to temple to the back of the head) and clip it out. Then smooth the remaining hair into a ponytail that’s not too high or not too low, just at the middle part of the back of the head.
  4. Take the top triangle section and backcomb it with the T3 Vent Brush, so it has a little more height than on the sides. Smooth it back, spray with L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray (let it dry) and then brush it into a ponytail. Use an elastic to secure, and then marry the two ponytails into one.
  5. Once hair is in the ponytails, add additional texture with the T3 Whirl Convertible Styling Wand.
  6. Take the ponytail and twist it into a bun. This is a mid-head chignon—when you look at Blake head on, you see the big bun from the front.
  7. With hair bun nets (from Ricky’s), cut in two half moon pieces. Take two pieces of hair and wrap around the half-moon bun pieces. Place them on the side of the bun and anchor with pins, blending it as you go.
  8. Finish by taking two other pieces of hair and twisting them around the big bun, securing with pins. Pro Tip: The key is to not make it too perfect.

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