Backstage at Behnaz Sarafpour. Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images

The final hair look at Behnaz Sarafpour's Spring 2011 fashion show may have been beautiful, but from the look on this model's face it took a little strife to get it that way -- ouch!

No pain, no gain, right?

From the intricate look of the finished 'do, it was worth it -- a beautiful, up-swept French braid that hair stylist Ashley Javier for Kérastase Paris told StyleList 'felt sculptural, very serious, with structure and execution, backstage at the fashion show at New York Fashion Week, which is underway right now.

"We did child-like, French braids but not a cornrow - there are four rows here with a side part, that can actually last for a week, and can be multi-purpose hair," he explained.

The final braided look. Photo: Getty Images



If you dare to try the look yourself, here's how: First, divide hair into three parts and make one french long braid, starting at the top and jogging the hair over to each side while braiding to make it curve at the back of your head. Use a skinny pony tail holder to fasten the ends, and bobby pins to help hold stray hairs in place. Spray all over with Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime Hair Spray for extra-strength hold.

Still not sold? Try a pretty ponytail instead. We've got a few glamorous options in the video below.



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