Braids on braids! Ashley Benson took the plaited hairstyle to a new level at the party for her Ocean Drive magazine cover at Komodo in Miami on Thursday, January 28.
Sweeping her long brunette locks off her face in an intricate updo, Benson, 26, showed off an intense version of milkmaid braids. While the textured plaits gave of an effortlessly glamorous vibe from the front, the artfully messy style was even better from the back.
Before the soirée honoring her January cover of Ocean Drive, the Pretty Little Liars star took a selfie in a robe, commemorating her glam look for the night. “Hair by @kyleeheathhair makeup by @taryllatkinsmua,” she wrote, shouting out to her team, celeb hairstylist Kylee Heath and makeup artist Taryll Atkins.
“We wanted the look to be edgy and cool but still beautiful,” Heath, who has worked with Kristen Stewart and Rosamund Pike, tells Us Weekly. She made a center part, sectioned off hair from the top of her head and Dutch-braided (think: inside-out French plait) the left side to just behind the ear, leaving the ends free. After repeating on the right side, she pulled the sections apart for an “undone” look. Then Heath braided the rest of the free hair and pinned it into a chignon at the back of her head.
For the finishing touch, she pulled the top braid on each side down to meet the second one, pinning and tucking the ends in. A blast of Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Hairspray completed the style. “This created a woven look —you don’t know where it ends and begins — which I love,” she told Us.
In the issue of the magazine, Benson opened up about being told she was “too fat” at only size 2, but told Us at the event that it’s just part of the business. “You’re just going to have to get past [that aspect] and accept your body,” she exclusively told Us.
Benson concedes that men may face the same standards to a degree. “It’s different for both [genders],” she said. “I think women have a lot more pressure in the industry for sure.”
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