Could Bella Thorne be any cuter? The Blended actress might have channeled her darker side in a Tim Burton-meets-Barbie doll fashion spread for our June issue, but her chipper interview, as well as her playful off-duty looks lead us to believe that she’s none other than a fun and upbeat teen—much like her Disney persona would suggest. Case in point: The 16-year-old star recently stepped out at an event in L.A. sporting a neon pink romper by T-Bags Los Angeles and a dreadlocked ponytail inspired by Chanel’s fall 2014 runway show in Paris (you know, the one in the supermarket that blew up your Instagram feed).
“It’s ideal for someone like Bella who’s young, fun, and absolutely beautiful,” says hairstylist Castillo of the ’do, which he created by incorporating springy strips of fabric into macraméd dreadlocks. First he spritzed Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($22; oribe.com) from the roots to the ends to give Thorne’s tresses texture and an extra lift. Next, taking random sections of hair, he used a crimper on 2″ sections and brushed each one upwards.
Castillo then took handfuls of hair and wrapped them around Amika’s 4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set ($175; sephora.com) and began creating braids by gathering pieces of crimped, curled, and straight hair together. With the three separate strands, he joined one piece of fabric with one of the strands to create the braid. After the braids were finished, he raked back the top section of hair with his fingers, made one voluminous ponytail, and sprayed it all over with hairspray to smooth down flyaways.
What we love most about Thorne’s Cara Delevingne-esque dreadlocked look (besides how seamlessly she pulled it off) is how each piece of fabric strewn throughout her hair complements her bright onesie. Complete with a figure-flattering belted waist and a low V-neck cut, it’s sexy without being too revealing. Scoop up T-Bags Los Angeles’s sleeveless belted romper for $150 at tbagslosangeles.com to test out the Chanel runway look for yourself!