Braided Bedhead

by Jessica Sturdy on February 27, 2014

When Fashion Week is the topic of conversation, we’re usually chatting about the clothes coming down the runway, the street style, the after-parties, the lack of sleep, the chaotic affairs of our apartments, etc. But have we talked about how freaking hard it is to pull yourself out of bed after 4 hours and make yourself look photo-ready, just in case Bill Cunningham is outside of Lincoln Center waiting to snap your photo? #agirlcandream (Actually, he did snap a photo of Hallie and I in September, but obviously that never surfaced anywhere…)

By day 3, getting up and getting ready is already challenging for me. It kind of starts to feel like Groundhog Day… Get up, get ready, get dressed, get a cab to Lincoln Center. And since I’m prone to oversleeping during Fashion Week, I’ve learned to get ready in a pinch.

My pull-yourself-together-quickly strategies revolve around one magical product – dry shampoo. Given enough dry shampoo, I’m pretty sure I could run the world. I hate washing my hair for a lot of reasons – 1, it takes time; 2, my hair takes for-ev-er to dry; and 3, dry shampoo truly helps give that fresh look & feel from washing, but provides that extra texture for styling.

As you can probably tell, I pretty much only wear my hair straight or curly. If I have the time, I curl it. And if I don’t, I let it dry naturally and it gets pretty close to straight. I’ve tried to ditch the flatiron completely. I would love to branch out more, but the truth is – I am terrible at doing different things to my hair. But in honor of Fashion Week and looking at things in a fresh, new way – I went to the experts.

On Day 3 of NYFW, I swung by the TRESemmé’s Trend Bar & Salon at the tents and talked to TRESemmé stylist, Tyler Laswell, to get some ideas for quick & easy styles that are perfect for Fashion Week! He showed me one way to get that messy I-didn’t-try-very-hard up-do and it truly only took about 10 minutes.

Here’s how to get the look at home:

1. If you’re skipping a wash, grab your trusty TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo. I especially like TRESemmé’s new Fresh Start Renewing Dry Shampoo infused with Mineral Clay, to refresh and give my hair a lil’ pick-me-up.

2.      Create two low ponytails at the base of your head. Begin fishtail braiding each ponytail and secure with a clear elastic at the end.

3.     Pin up both fishtails in whichever organic way your hair moves and secure with bobby pins. Tyler criss-crossed my fishtail braids and left some end pieces out for a natural, undone not-too-polished look.

4.     Finish off by misting TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for a flexible hold all day!

For more hairstyle inspiration and how-to’s inspired by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, head over to!

Outfit Details: Topshop Teddy Coat (similar) | Sincerely Jules Tee | AG Jeans | J.Crew Pumps | 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Earrings | Capwell + Co Cuff

Photos by Hallie Wilson

This post is sponsored by TRESemmé, a product by Unilever.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachelle February 27, 2014 at 6:12 am

Love your outfit and hairdo, awesome look!



Monica {Cake & Lilies} February 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

LOVE this! And it’s so simple! What a dream. Now I just need to learn to fishtail…easy enough, right?


Heidi February 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

Adore this hairstyle! Do you know if that dry shampoo is sulfate free? I’m really trying to cut down the amount of chemicals I put in my hair, but I”m highly intrigued by anything that has clay in it!


Jen February 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

Love the braided style! If only I hadn’t chopped my hair off recently haha…

I’m also a huge fan of dry shampoo and honestly cannot believe I ever lived without it. Treseme is actually one of my favorite brands for the product (and I’ve tried A TON). Here’s a link to my review if you’re curious..



OhBuoyBoston February 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

Love the look. Try casual updos from time to time, but they always look too stuffy or like a mess. Will have to give this one a try!

– Lindsey & Amanda
Oh Buoy Boston
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Kayla February 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

LOVE that braided hairstyle! SO cute – wish I could do it myself!



Meagan February 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

That hairstyle is so cute! I’m so bad at doing hair!


Elizabeth February 27, 2014 at 11:13 am

I understand. This post really struck a cord with me, as I struggle to branch out with more creative hair options. It feels like this untapped fashion resource! Your post has motivated me to work on my fishtail braid! Thanks for the inspiration!



Chris February 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

I like it, but is that a “do” YOU can do?


Samara February 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

Where did you get that fabulous striped cardigan? I love it!


Rose February 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I feel like I never see you with your hair up (SoulCycle definitely does NOT count, haha) and it looks so cute!!! You should definitely try to do this more often :)


Ally February 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm
Casey February 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Love the pumps and the coat!


Kimberley February 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

The leopard pumps are my favorite, cute look lady!

Eleventh & Sixteenth


stephanie February 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Oh this is such a cool hairstyle! Great for spring.
xx Stephanie (


Haley Valerie February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I love your hair!



Kristin February 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Obsessed with your hair! I love that it is a I didn’t try to hard look, while still looking polished!


Lara Sophia February 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

such pretty hair! love your coat, looks so cozy.


Andrea February 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Love this look! I too am guilty of styling my hair in the same two styles…everyday! What can I say, it’s easy and I’m lazy! :) Can’t wait to try this new style though!



Mel February 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm

You look adorable! Love this look on you

xo Mel
turquoise blonde


Kristin @ Crumbs and Curls February 27, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I’m obsessed with this look! I stink at doing my own hair, my goal is to get better with a curling iron!

Crumbs & Curls


Katie Albury February 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Love this hairstyle, so gorgeous!

Katie x


kala March 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

You remind me so much of like a blonde version of Lucy Hale!


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