Earlier this week Taraji P. Henson joined forces with fellow Empire co-star Terrence Howard to host Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays on FOX. At the fete, Taraji debuted a braided side-swept style created by celebrity stylist and Mizani artist, Cesar Ramirez who says it was inspired by “Urban Veronica Lake.” Obviously this look requires a bit of skill (ok, a lot of skill), but be patient and follow the steps below.

Get The Look:

Step 1: begin by creating your favorite part line, and section off hair to be braided. Your braids can be created in any style you prefer.

Step 2: Starting on damp hair, apply MIZANI Thermastrength Heat Protecting Serum for anti-breakage and smooth finishing.

Step 3: Using a round brush, smooth and dry small sections – this will create volume. After all is dry, use a wide barrel curling wand, wrap and twist random small sections to create texture.

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Step 4: Once you’re happy with the amount of texture, use a paddle brush and brush through your hair.

Step 5: Using your favorite texturing spray, shake your head upside down and spray from roots to ends lightly.

Step 6: With your fingers, separate and lay your hair in place that best complements your face.

Step 7: Remember to leave the hair looking a little disheveled and piecey for a fun, sexy look.