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This Is How To Get Kiernan Shipka's French Knot 'Do

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Celebrity stylist Ashley Streicher dishes on the look that's perfect for your next holiday party.

At THR’s Beauty Issue dinner with Laura Mercier, Kiernan Shipka turned up with the ultimate glam squad: Sisters and STRIIIKE owners Jenn, Kristie and Ashley Streicher. All looked lovely, but the petite actress’ chic updo really caught our eye. Fresh and youthful, it was pretty much the opposite of what “updo” typically connotes.

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It turns out her inspiration was the graphic collared Valentino dress Shipka wore, according to hairstylist Ashley Streicher (who also works with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski). “I knew her hair needed to be back off her face,” she says. “I sectioned three sections and knotted the sides while leaving the top section big and soft. Instead of braids on the sides I wanted it to be a little tougher and more texturized, so I went with a French knotted technique.”

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Streicher explains that she used new Bumble and Bumble texturizing and thickening products on her hair before knotting the three sections, which all met in the back of her head. Lastly, she spritzed in Bumble and Bumble Does It All Hairspray ($15). Ultimately, the ‘do added some edge to a would-be conservative look.

Knots were seen all over NYFW this September, and they’re easier to do than braids, so consider this the perfect holiday party look. Says Streicher, “I liked that it looked chic in the front, but then had some fun flair on the side angles and back.” Three-sixty success. 

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