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Rachel McAdams Sherlock Holmes Hair Tutorial

How-To: Rachel McAdams's Romantic Neo-Victorian Updo

A taste for the old-fashioned, more accurately 19th century and Victorian fare, is becoming more and more pronounced of late, and I can only guess that Sherlock Holmes is going to turn the softly lapping wavelets of the trend into a full-on tsunami. Rachel McAdams got started early, arriving at the film's premiere in beautifully deconstructed Victorian hair. Her style was formal yet slightly undone, like a lady preparing for bed who's taken her chignon down, and it was utterly romantic. To find out how you can get this ahead-of-the-trend look, just read more.

  • Begin by spritzing on a volumizing spray on wet hair, like Mark Mega Volume Root Lifting Spray ($5). Then blow-dry, scrunching to create even more volume. For thicker or curly hair, try Tommy Guns Clever Curls & Waves Texture Spray ($10), which will give the hair a smoother texture, all while making your strands more manageable.
  • Once the hair is dry, use a fine-toothed comb to backcomb, alternating sections of your hair from the crown forward. For extra hold on fine hair, use hairspray on each section you tease.
  • Pull hair back, bringing it in relatively snugly on the sides but keeping it loose on top.
  • Plait a soft but secure braid from the nape of your neck down.
  • Spray the braid with a shine mist like Victoria's Secret So Sexy Brilliant Shine Mist ($10) to make the style look glossy and healthy.


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