ELLE's BAFTA nomination: most excellent hair

I know the BAFTAs were on Sunday but I’m still reeling from model Laura Bailey’s hair.

The sweeping, grown-out style nearly had me fishing my old hair extensions out of the bin. The reason I loved it so much? The over-sized clip made it fresh, the side-parting made it flattering and the length made the look gorgeous and feminine.

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I caught up with Laura at the ELLE Style Awards the following night to find out who’d done it. ‘Oh, I did it myself,’ she quipped, before mentioning she’d had a bit of help from John Vial at Realhair (the hip Chelsea salon responsible for a sea of honeyed highlights across west London). I buzzed him yesterday for the low-down:

'I came in the morning and started with a good dollop of Realhair Real Mask, £55, which I left on for 15 minutes. Even though Laura’s got thick hair, we wanted it to look extra sumptuous so I used lots of plumping product before blow-drying big sections of hair and setting them in pin curls for maximum oomph. Pin curls [make your own by wrapping hair round a barrel brush then securing with a Kirby grip] are great as they create a slightly irregular texture that keeps hair looking natural and modern.’

I also dried in the side-parting, keeping the hair quite flat and smooth on top so it didn’t look too 80s. Laura removed the curls just before she left her hotel that evening, fingered hair through and added the clip herself.’

The race to grow out my fringe is on.

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