When styling Regina King’s hair for the amfAR’s annual gala in Cannes, Unilever global hair care brand ambassador Lacy Redway considered two things: hydration and King’s Schiaparelli Haute Couture ball gown. While most of us can’t get our hands on a red carpet-ready gown, we can achieve the King’s rope braided bun because Redway has shared her how-to instructions, including the Nexxus and TRESemmé she used.

“Hydration was my crucial ingredient here,” said Redway, who also counts Teyana Taylor; Amandla Stenberg; Tracee Ellis Ross; Zazie Beetz; and Ruth Negga as clients, in a release. “I knew I wanted to put Regina’s hair up because of the scale of her Schiaparelli dress and give a couture feel to her bun.”

The coiffure definitely complemented the Schiaparelli bugle-beaded bodice and the full satin skirt of the dramatic gown that the One Night in Miami director accessorized with a long black and white satin shawl. In addition, the high bun also showed off a pair of sparkling winged Boucheron earrings she wore.

Here’s the step-by-step instructions to recreate Redway’s handiwork. Plus, none of the Nexus and TRESemmé products she used cost more than $15!

  1. I started with Nexxus Weightless Style Prep & Protect Leave-In Hair Spray ($9.99 Target/Target.com) because hydration was a key step for me here. I knew I wanted to slick her hair and lock in the moisture.
  2. I added Nexxus Curl Define Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner ($14.99 Target/Target.com), which is rich in silk protein to benefit to her curl pattern. Then, I followed up with TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Curl Cream ($5.99 Target/Target.com) right before brushing her hair up with gel.
  3. After her hair was brushed up, I secured it with an elastic before creating her textured couture rope bun.
  4. The finishing touches are always key when I’m sending my clients off to the red carpet. I added a little more hydration after the gel with TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hydrating Hair Oil ($5.99 Target/Target.com) and handled flyaways with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray ($7.69 Target/Target.com).

Regina King’s rope braided bun is certainly red carpet-appropriate, but it’s also a great way to draw attention to your tresses while keeping them off your neck during the summer. If you’re headed on a boat or near the water, might we suggest this textured ponytail Redway also styled for King?