Follow our simple step by step guide to acing the carefree low ponytail.
The Parisian-girl equivalent to the ponytail: Meet the banana bun
What is it about French girls? They have incredible style, without looking like they’ve tried at all. From their classic red lipstick to their sleek ponytails, they ooze je ne sais quoi. The latest Parisian-inspired bun hairstyle that everyone’s going ‘ooh la la’ about is the banana bun. This tangled version of the French twist is easy to achieve. Here’s how you can do it – à la mode.
Messy elegance for all hair types
One of the many wonderful things about the banana bun is that is works for all hair types. So, whether you have naturally curly hair, straight hair, wavy hair, or extensions, you can and rock it. What you need are products that give you volume, hold, and touchable texture.
Hair products we love
Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse is a medium-hold conditioning hair mousse that provides volume, tames frizz and dryness, and offers heat-styling protection. It’s a great option because it works with your hair’s natural body and texture, creating a bouncy body without frizz for a smooth finish.
L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Density Material Texturizing Wax-Paste is excellent for smoothing and defining the ends of your hair and any shorter layers. It has great hold, a smooth matte finish and creates volume that defies gravity.
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk is a lightweight leave-in treatment that can be used daily to prep, protect and moisturise the hair for any hairstyle.
How to create a banana bun
1. Wash and blow dry
After washing, work a blob of Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse through the strands from root to tip. Blow dry your hair, but don’t be overly concerned about getting it perfectly smooth and straight. You need to enhance any natural body and waves for the perfect banana bun.
2. Give your hair some extra hold
Work L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Density Material Texturizing Wax-Paste through the mid-lengths and tips of your hair. This will give your hair extra hold when you pull it into a bun, adding a bit of tousled texture and smoothing the hair ends so they don’t look brittle and frizzy.
3. Twist into a messy bun
Gather your hair into a . Don’t pull the pony too tightly. Twist your hair and secure it to the back of your head with pins or clips – just as if you were making a French twist or chignon. The trick, however, is to take care NOT to take care. Allow pieces of hair to fall out of the bun as you work.
4. Forget about it
And you’re done. Part of the reason French women can pull off this unstructured style so effortlessly is because of attitude. So, have faith in your absolute gorgeousness, leave your hair alone and get on with your day.
Have a special event coming up? Visit your nearest salon and ask your hairdresser to recreate this style but to make it a touch more glamorous with a pretty clip or two.
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