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Marianne Mychaskiw
Feb 28, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

When Jennifer Garner and her hairstylist Ben Skervin were prepping for tonight's Academy Awards, the duo looked to Grace Kelly as their muse to inspire her low bun. "She's wearing a black Versace dress with one strap on her shoulder, and it's quite a structured and architectural look, so I wanted to do something that was very modern, but still an ode to Old Hollywood," he tells InStyle. "Initially, we thought of doing a very glamorous Grace Kelly waves—she had a picture of her standing on a staircase—but when she put the dress on, we thought to go with a textured updo, which was kind of like a modern ode to Grace Kelly."

Skervin began with wet hair, working a mixture of Frederic Fekkai's Blowout Primer ($20; target.com) and the Full Blown Volume Styling Whip ($21; target.com) from root to tip, then blow dried both products in using a round brush. After misting a light layer of Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray ($20; target.com) over individual sections, he started winding sections around a one-inch curling iron to form a subtle wave. "I wrapped each section around, but didn't completely clip it off to create a suggestion of a wave," he explains. "I wind them mostly in the same direction, but once I reach the right side of the head, I curl away from the face so that it matches the opposite side."

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He followed by brushing out the waves, and gave her roots a blast of Fekkai Dry Shampoo ($8; target.com) before backcombing the entire head to form a solid foundation. "This gave it a little structure and height, because I didn't want it too flat to the head," Skervin says. Once he gathered her hair into a ponytail, he wound an elastic bungee around it to hold the shape in place. Skervin backcombed the ponytail, and used his hands to wrap the lengths around its base and form a bun. With V-shaped hair pins, he anchored the bun into place.

Just before she left for the carpet, Skervin applied a final layer of Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray for added insurance. "It was a very relaxed, chill vibe while we were getting ready, and we were just listening to music and chatting," Skervin tells us. "It's such a big night, so we were having fun—it was kind of like we were her friends getting ready to send her off to prom!"

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