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Behind the Scenes with Amanda Seyfried's Hair Guru

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Danilo shares his secrets to creating the star's "chic and clean" look.

"It was a collaboration between me, Amanda and [Givenchy's] Riccardo [Tisci]," says hairstylist Danilo, who created Amanda Seyfried's sleek chignon for the Met Gala on Monday night.

Playing off Seyfried's all-white Givenchy gown and paying homage to the evening's Chinese theme, Danilo whipped up a smooth, side-parted look for the actress, complete with a spiral braid wrapped into a chignon visible only from the side and back. "In essence, it has a very Chinese couture feeling; it's very chic and clean," he says.

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And although "Amanda has fantastic hair--and tons of it," says Danilo, the look can easily be recreated at home, taking two styling secrets into consideration.

Firstly, Danilo recommends using a hooked elastic to secure the look in place. "A lot of women use regular elastics for that set up and they lose a lot of the look [the combing and direction of the hair] when they are folding the hair through it," he says. A hooked elastic helps create a smooth look that sits close to the nape of the neck.

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And lastly, Danilo swears by a light leave-in conditioner, like the Pantene Pro-V Repair Light Detangler to help hair look supple and shiny, and to get rid of dry ends. Amanda came to her stylist straight from her Broadway rehearsals, leaving him no time to shampoo and condition his Met Gala-bound client. "It's a bit of a holy water in the sense that it really reboots your hair and protects it, and also allows me to start shaping it in a new way," he says. "It's an easy way for women to change their hair."

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