Grammys Beauty: Bag Sara Bareilles' Braids

Sara Bareilles Grammys - P 2014
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Sara Bareilles Grammys - P 2014

The double nominee's hairstylist tells us what the real inspiration was behind her Grammys braids. Hint: It's not actually Katniss Everdeen.

Braids have taken a hold of the Grammys red carpet, from Chrissy Teigen’s side-swept locks, to Colbie Caillat’s braid-accessorized topknot. But in our humble opinion, the night's winning look came from Sara Bareilles self-described “Katniss Everdeen” textured look, which was created by celebrity hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp. Turns out, Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games character wasn't the real inspiration behind Bareilles' braids after all.

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“A year ago, I worked with Behati Prinsloo," the New York-based stylist, who also works with Eva Mendes and Kristen Bell, tells Pret-a-Reporter.  "I did this really groovy braid on her head. Behati regrammed it, and [for the Grammys], Sara sent it to me as her inspiration. I said, ‘Sara, I did it!’ Everything comes full circle.”

To recreate the look at home, Beauchamp recommends using Garnier Deconstructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray ($3.49) on damp hair before creating loose cornrow braids. Next, wrap the loose hair ends around a 1 ¼ inch curling iron in different directions. To achieve a “roughed-up, slightly slept-in” look, Beauchamp suggests applying small amounts of Garnier Deconstructed Move It Manipulating Gel ($4.29) to the hair, section by section, then setting the look with Garnier Extreme Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($3.49). 

"I always tell people don’t overwork it. It’s supposed to be more undone than done,” he says. “Keep it simple.”