Skip to main content

How to Do a Braid like Rachel McAdams

Learn how to do a braid like Rachel McAdams from professional hairstylist Joy La Rosa in this Howcast hair tutorial.


This is our Rachel McAdams inspired updo. What we're going to do today
is, it's going to be a big bouffant shape leading into a soft simple
braid at the side.

To start, we're going to start teasing. We're going to start right at
the front. If your hair has a part in it, brush it all moving backwards
away from your face for a while to kind of break up some of those part

So to tease, you want to brush the hair straight up and then you want to
start brushing against the hair. Start at the base by the root and work
your way up. And it's going to look crazy so don't be alarmed by that, you
should get a nice good bit to stand straight up, and then you're going
to move right behind, again, brushing the hair straight up and teasing
it down. Within reason it's okay to tease your hair, obviously it's not
something that you want to do every day, but every once in a while is
just fine.

So now I'm going to take these pieces on the side, so I'm basically teased
this kind of Mohawk section back, and now I want to put a little
fullness on the sides. I'm going to brush it up, and again going on the
backside there, put a little bit of tease in. The motion that you're
doing with your brush is like a very soft C shape, and do the other
side, brushing straight up, soft C shape stand. Now maybe one last
section right in the back at the crown. My sections go all the way
across the top of the head, but they're probably only one inch wide.

Now I've already prepped the hair before I got started with the Beach Spray, so
something with a salty texture spray works great. Now starting on that
back section, I start by brushing the hair backwards. I'm not raking my
brush all the way through, I'm just doing the surface brush, but I'm
just starting to move it all backwards, in the direction that we want.
You want to brush through the ends, removing any tangles from down
there. Make sure we have these very front pieces moving backwards, if
they're not, go ahead and go in there.

Now that you've done that, you're going to take your two thumbs, put
them in front of your ears and you're going to just gather up the hair
moving away from your face. So you really want to maintain the soft shape
that you've just created in the front, give it a look, make sure it's
pretty even, you want it to be a very soft silhouette. Once you feel
like you've got it there, you're going to just take and do a twist in
the back.

Now we take our bobby-pins, remembering not to open the bobby-pins
because that puts too much hair in them, we want a nice tight fit, and
then just keep bobby-pinning it until it feels secure. We're just going to
brush up and through, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to create a
braid. It will start here and it will swoop to the side. Rachel McAdams
wore this for a Red Carpet event, paired with some beautiful earrings,
big bold earrings.

I did the first couple of braids going straight down, now I'm going to
softly move them over to the side, braiding all the way to the ends, and
then securing it with a small elastic band. Now you want to take and
spread the braid out, making it full and thick, almost a coutore look.
If you have some pieces fall out, that's okay, it's a funkier style.

Now that you've done that, just finish with a very light mist of
hairspray. And that is your Rachel McAdams inspired look.

Popular Categories