Beauty Queen: Vanessa Hudgens

taking the braided crown to the next level.

by rebecca willa davis

We've been seeing a lot of braids this summer. Bella Thorne went fauxChristina Ricci went milkmaid. But Vanessa Hudgens? She had a full-on crown at WWE's SuperStars for Hope event in L.A.

According to celeb hairstylist Richard Collins, it was a joint effort: "We collaborated and both decided to do a braid for this one." Part of it was practical--"her dress had a high neck and we didn't want the hair to compete with the dress, and the braid also gave a chance to show off her new blonde highlights"--but you've got to admit, it looks pretty cool, too. Collins broke down his steps, so you can do it too.


"I started by giving Vanessa pigtail braids and then teased them slightly for a messy look."


"Next, I wrapped the braids around the front of her head and pinned them securely with bobby pins."


"I left some of the hair out in front and curled with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron."

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