Braids are super-flattering, and there’s science to prove it. Plaits are an instant anti-ager; the natural texture they bring (versus tight updos like ballerina buns) soften the face. They’re also a genius trick to make unwashed hair look glamorous on days you have better things to do than shower. 

The catch? If you’re not an aspiring hairstylist the execution can be tricky. OK, impossible. Luckily, our shopping site, BeautySage, has come to the rescue with this instructive infographic. BeautySage editor Jennifer Appenrodt trailed hairstylist Philip Pelusi baskstage during New York Fashion Week, where she caught him creating this gorgeous braided chignon backstage at Venexiana, using products from his natural haircare line, Tela Beauty Organics. “Braided updos can be an easy way for women to create a chic and elegant hair look,” says Pelusi. 

He had us at “easy”. Below, Pelusi lists the steps and products needed to help you achieve his backstage braided look.

DIY Braids: 6 Steps to the Perfect Braided Chignon

Pelusi got this look using these products:

For grip, texture and lift: Tela Beauty Organics Dri Shampoo, $28

For glossy shine: Tela Beauty Organics Healer, $32

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