With her chic demi ‘do and show-stopping black lace gown, Amanda Holden was our sure-fire winner in last night’s BGT style wars. Here her hairstylist and co-founder of Lockonego, Ben Cooke, shares the secrets behind her style. 

Step 1 This style works best on unwashed hair that has a little body and texture to it. Start off by using curling tongs to curl inch wide sections of hair all around the head. Then run your fingers through the curls to loosen them, creating more of a tousled, wavy look.

Step 2 Next, take a section at the front of the hair and backcomb for volume, then use a fine tooth comb to smooth it back off the face spraying in to place.

Step 3. To create the side French plait, take a small section of hair on the side of your head and split into three sections. Cross the left hand piece over the middle then the right hand over the middle, remembering to add a new section of hair each time you cross the hair over to give the French Plait look.

Step 4. Once you’ve plaited all the way down to the ends tie off with a clear plastic band and pin underneath the curled hair on the opposite side of your head. Finish off with a mist of Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray, £12.33, to keep the hair off the face and in place.


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