Forget Nicole Scherzinger channelling Bianca Jagger or Tulisa confusing us with a has-she-or-hasn't-she bob, it was Ella Henderson’s gorgeous hairdo that got us all envy-eyed during Saturday night's X Factor. Jamie Stevens, the man behind Ella's Waterfall Braid, talks us through how to recreate the look.
'Every week on The X Factor, I work closely with the production team and also with makeup artist, Julia Carta and clothes stylist, Frank Strachan to come out with the contestant’s looks to make sure that each aspect of their look blends seamlessly together to create an identity that is both relevant to their age and suits them, as it’s really important that they are comfortable on stage.'
'With Ella, our main aim each week is to always keep her looking as young as her years with a fresh and natural feel for someone of her age. Plaiting and braiding is a key trend that has been seen on all the catwalks this season, so we’ve been working with this a lot on Ella, especially as this is a look that girls of a similar age would wear and that we see a lot on the street.'
1. We blow-dried the hair with TRESemme’s Weightless Volumizing Mousse which was applied onto damp hair and blow-dried in with a round brush for plenty of volume and hold!
2. The hair was backcombed in thin layers at the front of the crown
3. Fine sections of hair were spritzed with hairspray and wrapped around a medium sized barrel tong for soft movement through the lengths
4. An off centre parting was created and 2 x 2inch sections at both sides of the head were divided into two – ready to braid
5. On each of these sections, the three strands were French-braided around the crown - not down as this would look droopy.
6. Sections from the top of the hair were joined to the braid, and the added section was then dropped to fall in with the length of the hair. By not adding sections from underneath the braid, this creates a cascading waterfall effect
7. This is repeated on both sides and secured with a pin at the back of the head
8. Each plait was loosened by being teased out wider with the fingers
9. The wavy lengths of the hair were separated by running fingers through with a smoothing cream and secured with hair spray
Insider Tip – if you have long locks, always pin the lengths up when you’re getting dressed and made up to maintain movement and also to avoid your hair getting caught up on any sequins or textured fabrics that could cause the hair to break or fluff up!