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British cyclist Lara Trott won two gold medals in the London 2012 Olympics, but had there been a competition for the fiercest braid, this lovely athlete would've definitely taken home three.
We're so accustomed to seeing Trott with her blonde locks tucked beneath a helmet, our jaws nearly dropped when she stepped out on the red carpet at Radio 1's Teen Awards 2012. The 20-year-old star traded in her biking duds for a metallic woven dress and sky-high peep-toe pumps.
What really made this fit-and-flare number shine, though, was Trott's super-teased, messy-and-I-don't-care side-braid. Here's another close-up of the daring 'do:
To get the tousled look:
- First spritz a bit of thickening spray at the roots. Try using Bumble & Bumble's Thickening Hairspray ($27)—tons of stylists used it at New York Fashion Week!
- Begin teasing the hair at the crown of your head and pull everything to one side, preferably whichever way your bangs part. Snugly secure the teased heap of hair with a hair tie.
- Next, separate your locks into three thick strands and loosely (key word) intertwine the pieces. Let stray strands stick out as you go.
- Finish off the braid with an itty-bitty elastic, then twist a section of your ends around it. Secure the knot with a bobby pin, and you're done!
Is this a pretty pony you'd try at home? What braids interest you most? Share your thoughts in the comments below!