How to re-create Maria Sharapova's insanely cool fishtail braid

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Much like French women, female tennis players often seem to have a certain kind of unattainable coolness. Maria Sharapova routinely kills it on the fashion and beauty fronts (oh, and also on the tennis court, obviously). The hairstyle she wore last week was no exception. It combined a bunch of different cool elements: a deep side part, double connecting fishtail braids, and short, face-framing layers.

We asked hairstylist Sarah Potempa, the braid master behind the look, how she created it.

Potempa started by sweeping most of Sharapova's hair to one side of her head in order to get a severe side part. "I used Aussie Sprunch Hair Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner, which is a flexible styling product, to smooth the part," she says. (Potempa is a representative for the brand.)

Then she blew-dry Sharapova's hair, pulling it in an upward direction for volume. Next, she smoothed the hair using the Sarah Potempa The Jet-Setter Cordless Styling Iron, focusing on the face-framing layers.


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Then came the tough part. "On the clean, tighter side, I created a tight Dutch-French-inverted fishtail," says Potempa. If you're not fluent in braid, we'll break it down for you. "It's a fishtail braid where you're bringing in additional hair on each twist, like you would with a French braid. That makes it lay flat against the head," says Potempa. The Dutch part means it's an inverted fishtail, in which Potempa pulled the sections of hair underneath as she wove, allowing the braid to wrap around the head closely. "On the other side, I made sure to leave the bang layer out and created a loose fishtail braid. I bobby-pinned the ends of the two braids together and finished the look off with hair spray." Here's what the finished style looked like:


And guess what? Potempa even told us you can create a version of the braid to play tennis in. "You just need to tweak it a little to braid the bang layer into the fishtail and add a stretchy headband so your hair is pulled off your face," says Potempa.

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