On a night when most red carpet looks didn’t exactly err on the side of subtle, one of the biggest breakout beauty looks from this year’s Billboard Music Awards was also the most indiscrete. At first glance it looked like Lucy Hale had accessorised her aubergine Zuhair Murad ensemble with a simple centre-parted ponytail, but once the Pretty Little Liars atress turned around we clocked a serious mane moment.

Part slicked-back-and-low look, part inside-out braid, the three-piece ponytail was seriously covetable and swiftly fast-tracked Hale to the top of the Best Hair list for the Las Vegas event.


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The perfect hair partner to Hale’s high-neck dress, the killer braid was the brainchild of Hale’s hairstylist, Kristin Ess, who consistently schools us in how hair texture can instantly shift the finished feel of a braid.

Fluffy and messy quickly adds a girly and ethereal appeal, while tight and slick like Lucy’s boasts a tough but feminine finish.


Hale clearly knew she was onto a memory-making hair moment too, posting a picture to her Instagram saying: “One more for tonight because sometimes the best things can’t be seen. Thank you to my kween @kristin_ess for this braid pony goodness.”

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