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How to Get Valentino Runway-Worthy Hair

The dreamiest braid crown for any season.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

Valentino consistently has some of the best hair and makeup on any runway, and its spring couture show was no exception: the elaborately twisted updos delicately dotted with flowers were the perfect finishing touches to the collection.

They reminded me of another Valentino beauty look that I have spent years trying to emulate — the hair from the brand's spring 2012 ready-to-wear show. The models hit the runway in the most perfect braid crowns that looked as good with the clothes on the catwalk as they did with their off-duty looks. I've never been able to get it quite right, but I found this tutorial Nylon TV did with stylist Jen Atkin, and I can't wait to try it; the twisting, full braid technique is going to take my plait game to the next level. 

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