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Priyanka Chopra’s Bow Bun & French/Reverse Braid Mohawk

Mega hair artist and Instagram star, Castillo, has been setting off industry fireworks with his explosively creative red-carpet looks; and that’s no easy feat when you consider how many paparazzi hair ops Hollywood sees each week. We’re especially loving the ‘dos Castillo’s been designing for actress, Priyanka Chopra, lately: everything from a loosely low-slung bun for the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards to a braid-and-bump combo…and, our favorite, an inventive hair “bow” without a ribbon in sight! Check out the exquisite photos—and get step-by-step instructions—right here…


Priyanka at SAGs

Priyanka Chopra’s “Knotted Chignon Updo” at the SAG Awards

Step 1: On clean damp hair, apply K-PAK Split End Mender on the tips of the hair

Step 2: Work Joico Heat Set and Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Gel on the roots and mid-shaft of the hair, paying extra close attention to the hairline.

Step 3: Separate the hair into 4 sections. (left side, right side, crown and back.)

Step 4: Take a ceramic vented radial brush,  and begin to blow out the hair, focusing on getting the hair smooth and straight.

Step 5: While blow-drying the crown, focus on adding a nice curl and tons of volume at the base by taking a 1” section and pinning the curls over the left eye and stacking each curl over another to set.

Step 6: Once each section is smooth, start the first ponytail making two parts in the hair to set behind each ear.

Step 7: Take a dime size amount of Joico Power Gel to coat the section of the part from the root to the mid shaft and then smoothout the section.

Step 8: With an elastic, create a small off-center pony tail. Since crown section will be falling to the left, make the first ponytail on the lower left side of the head spraying with Joico Flip Turn to keep down any flyaways.

Step 9: With the remaining two side sections, spray Joico IronClad and brush the product through.

Step 10: With a flat iron, run it several times through the side sections focusing on the roots around the hair line and the ends.

Step 11: Once the side section is smooth and sleek, start the second ponytail by pulling back each remaining side section and crossing them over the existing pony tail and fastening with an elastic. This technique will keep your pony tail tight and in place.

Step 12: Spray Joico Flip Turn and brush down each side to create a smooth and sleek effect.

Step 13: To finish off the crown section  release each pin curl (above the left eye) and brush everything out. Then divide the crown section into 4 sub-vertical sections.

Step 14: Curl each subsection to give off a more wave effect and pin up to let cool off.

Step 15: Once the curls finish cooling, brush out the crown section once again.

Step 16: Back comb the section to create volume at root then sweep the remainder of the hair over and across the left ear,  pinning the ends into a knotted chignon.

Step 17: Pull a couple of pieces out and tighten a few in, spraying it down with Flip Turn to lock in the look.

(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Priyanka Chopra’s “Bow Bun”

The bow bun is a fun way to spice up any normal bun or top knot.
Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Start with a beautiful blow dry using Joico Heat Set. You can never use to much of this product so use generously and brush through with a wet brush.

Step 2: Blow dry your hair with a flat brush, away from the face, directing towards the back of your head. Similar to a slick back look.

Step 3: Now it’s time to create your high pony tail. Make sure the base of the pony is positioned on the top of your head. Not to close the front but just enough to be able to see in the mirror. I like to leave some volume on the top just before the pony to add some dimension. Gather all of your hair by combing back with a boar bristle flat brush and tie with an elastic. Pull at some of your hair in the bang area to add dimension and style.

Step 4: With the remainder of your hair in a pony tail use some Joico Hair Shake to add some major texture. The more texture the better, this will help add fullness to your bow bun. Grab your brush and brush through. Once you’ve brushed through divide into the two sections and back comb each one.

Step 5: Now it’s time to create the bow. With 4 fingers, place in them in the front of your pony, take the two section and wrap around your fingers once. With another elastic secure the loop leaving the ends out.

Step 6: Separate your section and pin each one down on each side, like and open book. With the remainder of the loop sticking out, pass them through the middle of the two sections from front to back and pin. This will help conceal the elastic and create knot in the middle of your bow.

Step 7: Once you’ve finished, feel free to personalize your work by pulling and tightening the bow to your liking. Spray with Joico Flip Turn Hair Spray to keep down any fly always.

(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Priyanka Chopra’s “French/Reverse Braid Mohawk”

Step 1: Start with damp hair and apply a combination of Joico Heat Set and Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Oil. Apply all over and comb through with a wet brush.

Step 2: Rough blow dry your hair with your fingers and separate into three section, the left side, middle and right side. Each section should be at least four fingers wide.

Step 3: Spray each section with Joico Texture Boost then comb through each section with a flat brush.

Step 4: Grab the top section and back comb a 4 inch section, starting from the front hair line. Rake your fingers through the section to add dimension and texture. Spray with Joico Flip Turn spray to hold volume.

Step 5: With all three sections start your french braid at the top, middle of your head . Make sure to start your first braid just behind the section of hair you back combed. Continue your braid going towards the back of your head.

Step 6: Once you’ve reached the middle of the back of your head, secure the braid with an elastic.

Step 7: Continue to braid using a reverse method (under braid technique). Continue braiding until you reach the end of your hair, secure with a elastic.

Step 8: Personalize your braid by pulling at the perimeter of the braid. This will add fullness and a more lived in appearance.

Step 9: Spray your style with Joico Flip Turn. Make sure the hair on each side of your head is nice and clean. Most of the texture should be on the Mohawk area.


All images courtesy of Getty Images.

Gina Critics Choice

It’s her undeniably contagious smile that keeps actress Gina Rodriguez atop of everyone’s “choice” list no matter what event she’s at. Arriving as energetic as ever, the two-time nominee shared her beautiful smile once again at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica California wearing an hourglass Safiyaa gown with a plunging neckline and Pasquale Bruni jewels that included a flower ring outshone only by her catching joyful spirit on the red carpet. Her hair was styled in a modernly constructed loosely braided up-do to show of her dazzling smile and figuring hugging dress, by none other than Joico Celebrity Hairstylist and Spokesperson, Paul Norton.

Gina Critics Choice Crop
GET THE LOOK from Paul Norton himself:

I started by tousling her hair dry using Joico Heat Set until fully dry. Next I sprayed IronClad in sections from roots to ends to protect against the heat that would soon come from my curling and flat irons.

Sectioning from ear to ear, I started separating the front from the back, clipping the front away as I worked on the back. Using a 11/4 inch curling iron to put a gentle wave in the hair and start to develop the texture, I sprayed the entire back with Joico Hair Shake, then collected it into a what would appeared to be a ponytail in the center of the back of her head but on the 2nd time pulling the hair through the elastic stopping midway through, which created a knot and left the ends out. I wrapped these around the elastic and pinned them with bobby pins; I used more bobby pins to help confine the knot closer to the head. To counter balance the tendrils when you look at her from the front, I left a bit of hair loose at the nape of her neck on the right side. Once done with the back I sprayed it with Joico Power Spray for hold.

Next I moved on to the front section and used my flat iron at the roots and my curling iron again on the ends to bend back the hair away from the face, I took small sections and connected the front to the back knotted area. Using bobby pins and some hair pins to connect each little section to the knot, I left several tendrils just in the front to give a more free and sexy vibe only on her left side as the right side remained more sleek and allowed her face to be open and fresh .

I finished the look with more Joico Power Spray for perfect style hold, keeping the look throughout the night while protecting from the humidity.


Get the Gina’s how-to at the Golden Globes.

Those statues aren’t even on mantels yet, but the buzz on the street is out: There was some seriously winning Hollywood Hair on the red carpet last night; and we’ve got the pros to prove it. Celebrity coif-meisters Denis De Souza and Paul Norton were actually in the middle of the action, creating talked-about ‘dos on Gina Rodriguez, Olivia Wilde, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum that caught the lens of paparazzi cameras big-time. Want to learn exactly how these looks came to life? The show starts right here!

Golden Globes Olivia Wilde


Rocking the red carpet in a fine wine sparkler of a Michael Kors gown, actress Olivia Wilde worked her free-form hair to best advantage. “The actress has been both brunette and blonde, but I think her light eyes really pop when framed with a darker hue,” says celebrity colorist, Denis De Souza, who’s responsible for her two-tone sun-kissed coif.

Steal the look: The key here is balayage on the ends and around the face; and highlights that start very lightly at the root, gradually intensifying as they work their way down.

Jenna Dewan Golden Globes


When your gown is masterpiece of shimmering sequins against a navy backdrop, hair color needs to hold its own. “Jenna channeled a night sky for her red-carpet appearance; and her brunette locks showed it off to amazing advantage,” says her colorist, Denis De Souza.

Steal the look: After darkening hair to a deep, rich brunette, work in dimensional lowlights and an allover glaze for shine, contrast, and an elegant edge.

Golden Globes Gina Rodriguez


Classic and retro was the name of the game for stunning actress, Gina Rodriguez, who turned a Fifties-esque Zac Posen gown into an architectural masterpiece. “I wanted her hair to have that same elegant, vintage feeling,” says Hollywood hair pro, Paul Norton, who coifed her for the evening.

Steal the look: Prep hair with Joico Heat Set and blow-dry fully with a (size 3) ceramic, vented radial brush. Leave the brush on the ends for several seconds after drying to create a rounded shape. Next, spritz on Joico IronClad Thermal Protectant Spray and smooth mid-shaft hair with a flat iron, avoiding the ends to retain the bend. Using Joico Hair Shake (Paul refers to it as his “back comb in a bottle”), tease the root area around the crown and the back of the head. With a flat iron, pull the front center area directly back from the face, adding a dab of Joico Crème Wax Texture and Shine to hold and control it. (Leave a few strands free on either side for a retro shape.) Then, bend three inches of the bottom hair back away from the face using a curling iron; rake fingers through hair afterwards to loosen. Spritz ends and crown area with Joico Power Spray to eliminate flyaways and hold the look in place.

See how Joico transformed hair at last year’s Golden Globes.