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Get the look: Amanda Holden's braided hairstyle

Ursula Dewey
by Ursula Dewey Published on 29 May 2013
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Amanda Holden rocked up to the Britain's Got Talent semi-final with an updo that's made us green-eyed with envy. We love the French braid twist and ponytail - a complex look created by stylist to the stars, Ben Cooke. We caught up with him to find out how to steal her hairstyle.

If you were less interested in J-Lo's feather and leather outfit, and more excited by Amanda Holden's OMG hair, then this is for you. We're always on the look out for the hottest new hairstyles, and with Amanda's bold look actually really easy to recreate, we're sure it won't be long before this becomes a festival hairstyle must-try.

Amanda Holden


Reality TV star
born 16/02/1971

We spoke to Ben Cooke, stylist to the stars and co-founder of Chelsea salon Lockonego, to find out how he created this look on Amanda, and how we can get the look for ourselves.

Ben's step by step guide to Amanda's hair

Ben says: “This style works best on unwashed hair that has a little body and texture to it. So start off by using curling tongs to curl inch wide sections of hair all around the head. Then run your fingers through the curls to loosen them, creating more of a tousled, wavy look.

​Next, take a section at the front of the hair and backcomb for volume, then use a fine tooth comb to smooth it back off the face spraying in to place.

​To create the side French plait, take a small section of hair on the side of your head and split into three sections. Cross the left hand piece over the middle then the right hand over the middle, remembering to add a new section of hair each time you cross the hair over to give the French Plait look.

​Once you’ve plaited all the way down to the ends tie off with a clear plastic band and pin underneath the curled hair on the opposite side of your head.

​Finish off with a mist of Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray to keep the hair off the face and in place.”

Sounds easy right?

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by Ursula Dewey