How to Get Natalie Portman's Elevated French Twist at the SAG Awards

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It's all about texture and curls, says celebrity hairstylist Bryce Scarlett.

When you have a dress as dramatic and bold as the voluminous white Dior gown worn by Natalie Portman at the SAG awards on Sunday night, the hair should feel "simple and easy," says hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, who also wanted to highlight the sculptural detailing at the back of the dress — a deep pleat running from the neckline through its train.

His vision for the expectant Portman and SAG nominee: a high French twist "but with very curly texture," he says. "Close to what Natalie's hair is naturally like."


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After working MarulaOil Rare Oil Style Perfecting Serum through Portman's wet hair, Scarlett dried Portman’s tresses using a MarulaOil Classic Dressing Brush, "lifting at the roots for a simple, smooth blowout." Working from the nape of the neck upwards, he curled Portman’s hair in quarter-inch sections, using Paul Mitchell's Neuro Unclipped 0.75" Cone, a small, unclipped tapered curling wand.

Using his hands to break up the ringlets, Scarlett swept Portman’s locks into a modified French twist secured with pins. Curls at the front of the face were placed piece by piece to create a frame around her face. Scarlett completed the look by applying a layer MarulaOil Rare Perfecting Hairspray to his hands and molding the curls into shape.

"I didn’t want it to be too full and soft," he explains. "It looks a little more undone, a little more rugged."