Jennifer Aniston's Hairstylist Talks Experimenting With the Star's Famous Locks—Including That Fishtail Braid!

Find out how to get the star's latest 'do

By Cinya Burton Aug 05, 2014 9:34 PMTags
Jennifer Aniston, Hair, Chris McMillanFrank Terry

Last week, Jennifer Aniston pleasantly surprised us by sporting a fishtail braid—her first ever to our knowledge.  And now her longtime hairstylist Chris McMillian is dishing on the 'do. Oh, and not to worry, he does indeed shared a simple step-by-step so you can copy the look—'cause you know you wanna!

Can you tell us a little about last week's Living Proof shoot?
This was a shoot to try out different looks on Jen for Living Proof Instant Texture Mist. We really wanted to get creative and have fun. The shoot was at my salon, so we were super-relaxed and just focused picking a look and having fun.

We've never seen Aniston with a fishtail bird (or any side braid) before…Why did you choose that style?
Jen and I both really loved this look. We wanted to try something different that would be great for the summer. Jen really wanted to try something new and she loved it. We also were going for a dramatic look with the braid, which is why we used extensions. It is a look that's fun, easy but also really edgy.

Frank Terry

Can you give us a step-by-step of how to recreate the style?

  • Spray the hair with Living Proof Instant Texture Mist and run through with your fingers. Then, pull the hair to same side as your bangs. Divide your hair into two large sections, parting straight down the middle. For a sharper look, you can use a comb to part your hair evenly.
  • Keep alternating sides, weaving over and under, until you reach the bottom of the braid.
  • Wrap a rubber band around the bottom of the braid. If you want a more polished look, wrap one strand around the band and tuck into the band from the bottom. 
  • Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Pull it over the top of the left section, and grasp it under the right section. In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section.
  • Repeat on the right side. Pull a skinny strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull it over the right section, then weave it under the left section.

What are your hair predictions for fall?
Low ponytails are really hot right now. Pulled back hair with natural texture is also big. I love the sort of "lived in" texture look that is super effortless and easy. I also think redheads will make a big come back this fall.