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Victoria Justice’s Purple Braided Topknot

Fishtail’s are fun. So are buns. But top the whole topknot with a jolt of unexpected color–using Joico’s playful InstaTint Temporary Shimmer Spray–and everyone, including celebs like Victoria Justice, can make a quick splash. Are your holiday visions swimming yet?

Victoria Justice TopKnot InstaTInt

Let’s walk you through it…

So actress Victoria Justice had an event. (The Harper’s Bazaar Celebrates ICONS Party at New York Fashion Week.) And our hair icon, Hollywood stylist Paul Norton, was called into service. As in: Find me a ‘do that’s edgy and simple and glamorous at the same time so I can kill it on the red carpet. “I used InstaTint to break up the density of Vic’s dark hair, then threw in the braid to show off some texture. Plus, I thought the color would be amazing with her dark lip,” explains Paul of the done deal that’s perfect for holiday dazzle.

Victoria Justice InstaTint TopKnot side view

Do It Now. Here’s How:

Step 1: Add a generous amount of JoiWhip to damp hair and tousle until dry.

Step 2: Smooth out all the face-framing edges so you can create a tame ponytail.

Step 3: Grab a thick triangular section of hair at the top of the head and clip the rest of the hair out of the way for now. Using Joico InstaTint in Pink and/or Orchid, spray that triangular bunch of hair in a swiping motion from roots to end. (Feel free to mix colors for an edgier look.)

Step 4: Now, let all the hair down, and using a blow-dryer on the cool setting, blow hair in a downward motion to smooth strands and help dry damp areas.

Step 5:  Spray the entire head lightly with Joico Hair Shake, going from roots to ends.

Step 6: Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.

Step 7: Braid the pony into a fishtail and secure the end with a clear elastic.

Step 8: Two options here. Either roughen up the braid by tugging on it gently side to and spraying with Power Spray. Or, add a dab of K-PAK Protect & Shine Serum to smooth out the fishtail and bump up shine.

Step 9: Begin to twist the braid until it wraps itself around the elastic band and anchor with several bobby pins.

Step 10: Smooth out flyaways and guarantee an evening’s worth of hold by spritzing the hair with Joico Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray.


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