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Friday marked Dior's spring 2017 runway show, the first helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri (and the first by a woman, in general!), whose influence was made known not just through the collection, but also in the hair and makeup that accompanied it. "She's always very particular about the hair and makeup," said hairstylist Guido Palau, who created the look. "She has a very personalized view. I've found that [the look] often comes from something she might like to do [herself] or her daughter does... I've never done anything that feels unattainable [for one of Chiuri's shows]."

What did that mean this time around? Ballerina-like topknots that looked sleek and polished from the front, but a bit more playful in the back, thanks to several braids that snaked their way up to the crown of the head. "In [Chiuri's] mind, it was almost like a skater girl, like kid on the street who braids their own hair," said Palau. To create a softer texture and lend a bit of grip and grit to the braids, he used a bit of Redken's Braid Aid 03 — and little else.

The makeup, by Dior Makeup creative director Peter Philips, was a spare, in order to maintain a youthful, fresh-faced feel.

For a closer look at the Dior spring 2017 hair and makeup, click through our gallery of backstage photos below.

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