Here’s Exactly How to Get Florence Pugh’s Intricate Oscars Updo

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Florence Pugh may have starred in Little Women but there was nothing little about her 92nd annual Academy Awards updo.

The 24-year-old Oscar nominee stunned on the red carpet with an intricate knotted updo created by celebrity hairstylist Peter Lux. It was chic, simple and totally unexpected (especially when paired with her teal tiered Louis Vuitton gown).

Lux shared with PureWow exactly how he created Pugh’s look.

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First, the celebrity hairstylist explained the inspiration for the look, saying, “Since we’ve done a string of sometimes elaborate, sometimes simple looks throughout this year’s awards season, often playing with oily textures, we wanted to stick to the theme we started with today. I worked Florence’s hair into an intricate row of knots with thin sections of hair that I shaped into fans. The inspiration for this look comes from a fashion shoot I did the hair for a few years ago where I tied chunky sections of hair into intricate knots.” Spoiler alert: We love it.

Next, Lux got into the nitty gritty of how he prepped and styled Pugh’s hair.

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1. Prep & Blow-dry

First, Lux applied Dove Style + Care Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray ($5) throughout Pugh’s locks and blow-dried it with the ghd Helios Hairdryer ($249) and ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush in size 3 ($40) to create a smooth and shiny texture.

2. Add Volume

From there, Lux ran the ghd Platinum+ Deep Scarlet Styler ($249) over her hair and along the hairline in an upwards motion toward her crown, spraying it with Dove Care Between Washes Clarifying Dry Shampoo ($5) to add volume to her roots.

3. Knot It Up

With her hair prepped and ready, Lux says he “took two small sections at the front and tied them into a knot at the top of her head.” Next, he added two strands from either side of her head at the ear and “looped them into the ends of the first knot and tied it all into another knot.” Lux continued this pattern until he reached her brows. Then, Lux continued his process from the nape of her neck up to the crown, spraying Dove Style+ Care Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray ($5) throughout in order to make sure the knots held together.

4. Put a Pin (Or Several) In It

Next, Lux says he “interlinked the top knotted section with the back knotted section by tying them together across the top of her head and pinning them close to the crown.” He left the ends out and “took a piece of Hidden Crown Clip In Extensions, cut it to about three-inches to match the length of the ends that I left out of the knots and pinned it underneath one of the loops at the crown of Florence’s head.” Talk about involved.

5. Add Finishing Touches

Last but not least, Lux molded the left out section into the shape of a fan with the ghd Scarlet Styler so the ends peeked out at the top of her head. He finished with a spritz of Dove hairspray, tamed fly-always with the ghd tail comb ($22) and voilá.

The question remains: Would it look as good if we did this ourselves? Probably not.

Lex Goodman

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