How to Achieve Darby Stanchfield's Braided TV Upfronts Updo

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Darby Stanchfield

The 'Scandal' star’s hairstylist, Bridget Brager, walks us through the multiple braids that make up the chic look.

Oftentimes milkmaid-esque braids have a very hippie, boho feel. But the inspiration for Scandal actress Darby Stanchfield’s 'do at ABC's upfront presentation was actually the neckline of her little black dress by Rachel Zoe, which celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager says "felt strong — a bit military almost."

The mane magician (who also works with stars like January Jones and Kate Bosworth) said she "knew [Darby’s hair] had to go up and that something casual wouldn’t do. I decided to go for a fun-but-strong, textured, braided updo."


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Disclaimer: This look requires a quite a bit of hair — and braiding skills. To begin, Brager added Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29) to Stanchfield’s second-day hair, then quickly blow-dried and tousled it and created a middle part. "Next I created a Dutch braid on each side of the head starting at the front part, braiding down following the natural hairline, and ending the braids just behind her ears."

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Brager then pulled the Dutch braids apart and dusted them with Kevin Murphy Powder Puff ($28) for added texture and thickness. Moving to the back of the hair, she made two fishtail braids, at the corner of each side of the nape of the neck, and two regular braids with the remaining hair. Those too she dusted with the Powder Puff and pulled apart.

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After that Brager says you can really get creative. "I brought the fishtail braids up and toward the face, securing them with hairpins just under the Dutch braids, and crossing them over the middle part." That created the braided headband effect. In the back, she rolled the remaining braids together and secured them flat against the head with hairpins, adding a gold bar barrette for "flair."

Lastly, Brager softened the look by using her fingers to bring out little pieces around the radiant redhead’s face. After a spritz of Pantene Pro-V Anti-humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray ($8), "she was off!"