How-To: Aly Raisman's Loose Waves by Matrix

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As if being a two-time Olympian and gold medal winner weren't dreamy enough, turns out Aly Raisman can trade in her leo and switch gears from gymnast to beauty queen in no time at all. At Wednesday's 2017 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPYs), Raisman stunned the red carpet with sun-kissed waves by Matrix Celebrity Stylist and beauty icon, George Papanikolas. Here, Papanikolas shares how he achieved the look. 


Get the look: 

"I last did her highlights in March, and as you can see, the low-maintenance placement allows the look to still look great on the red carpet months later," Papanikolas says. "I used my signature two-step highlighting technique where I paint delicate highlights at the root, face frame and crown gradually getting thicker and heavier towards the ends.  I recommend the Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Clay Mask to keep highlighted hair hydrated," Papanikolas adds. 

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