Get Olivia Palermo's Plait Hairstyle

Her hairstylist Mark Wooley talks you through the look

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By Amy Lawrenson

Yesterday Olivia Palermo opened the brand new Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, a dedicated beauty store in Liverpool.

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Hairstylist Mark Wooley, Creative Director at the Electric Hairdressing Salon, styled Olivia's hair for the event. We loved the rope braid so much we called on Mark for a step-by-step...

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The great thing about this side rope plait is that it looks impressive but is really easy to do...

1. Take a paddle brush and comb through your hair, this will kill any static.

2. This look is all about texture, you don't want it to look too sleek. Add a small amount of hairspray but from a distance so as not to stick the hair together. Next use your paddle brush to gently backcomb the top of your hair.

3. Most rope braids are worn to one side so make sure you have all your hair moving in the same direction, use your hands to smooth the hair to one side and fasten with a hair elastic where you want the plait to sit. Hide the hair band by taking a small section of hair and wrapping it around the pony. Fasten with a curby grip and a small amount of hairspray.

4. Now, split your ponytail into three sections. With each section add a little bit of spray again from a distance, and backcomb. This doubles the thickness of the hair. Once you have done this simply plait your hair as normal.

5. On you have plaited your hair hold the end in place and brush over in the opposite direction with a bristle brush. You want it to look undone and rope-like.

6. When you get to the end of the plait, you don't want to put a band around it. Instead create a stopping point by backcombing the end with a tail comb. This will carry on the feeling of undone, rope-like hair.

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