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You'll Want to Wear the Pretty, Easy Braids From Valentino Right Now

Presenting wearable runway hair that's romantic yet simple.

The Valentino spring 2017 runway show marked designer Pierpaolo Piccioli's solo debut for the label. The collection included tiered dresses and many different shades of pink — but another standout aspect of it was the hair. Gudio Palau played off of the femininity of the clothes with soft, undone braids. "It's very soft, very romantic, very desirable," said Palau of the look, which he created by first adding extensions for lots of length, then misting hair with Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray for texture.

Palau also drew inspiration from David Hamilton's photography of the 1970s. "He'd photograph all of these innocent, kind of young girls," said Palau. That youth and innocence translated to center parts and simple, three-strand plaits that hung down each model's back. But what might easily verge on prim or prissy instead became romantic and easy, thanks to a halo of face-framing, fuzzy waves at the front. "We're slightly waving the front around the hairline for softness," said Palau.

The accompanying no-makeup makeup look afforded Pat McGrath the opportunity to work her usual skin-perfecting magic, making each model's complexion glow. 

The only noticeable makeup was a flash here and there of red lipstick, which some of the models wore to punctuate the collection.

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