For mane master Mara Roszak, the Emmys were all about “cool girl” hair. While both her clients, Michelle Dockery and Kate Mara, had drastically different looks, they shared a similar vibe in that neither was the least bit “fussy.”
The Downton Abbey star’s Rosie Assoulin dress called for a “simple but modern” chignon, capped off by a graphic gold barrette from jewelry designer Ana Khouri. To add an element of hold, Roszak began by blowing out Dockery’s strands with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Blow Out HeatSpray and a round brush. Next, she separated two sizable sections on either side of a center part and pulled the rest of the length back into a braid, eventually winding the plait into a low bun at the nape of the neck. “The braid is a beautiful detail, but it also helps hold and seal in those little hairs that [typically] poke out of your bun,” Roszak explained. To finish, she took the two front sections and wrapped them around the base of the chignon, securing both in place with pins.
Before Roszak started styling the former House of Cards celeb, she cut a few inches off the back of the Mara’s bob to give it “an A-line shape that wasn’t too blunt.” To enhance the natural texture, she rough-dried strands using L’Oréal Paris Boost It High Lift Creation Spray before giving them a slight bend with a one-half-inch curling iron and piecing out the ends with TXT Hyper-Fix Putty. The final effect was beachy and “effortless”—the perfect juxtaposition to Mara’s rather formal black-and-white J. Mendel gown.