An effortless French hairstyle that’s truly effortless? We’ll show you how to create the perfectly imperfect banana bun.
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Whether you want to achieve the perfect ballet ballerina bun, a looser, more laid-back style or simply a ‘do that can get you out the door as quickly as possible, there are a few basic steps to follow to make sure you get it right every time – all in a time-friendly five minutes.
From the correct brushing technique to the fixing spray, keep scrolling to be able to add this versatile updo to your speedy hairstyle arsenal.
First and foremost, you’ll need manageable locks to shave off the minutes. Gently brush your hair until you are rid of all knots and tangles; the smoother your tresses are, the sleeker the bun will look. Gianni Coppa, Matrix expert hairstylist in France suggests using a boar bristle brush to avoid creating an electric effect when brushing your hair.
To get a head start, you can also use Kérastase's Chroma Riche Leave-In Conditioner, which will intensely nourish your hair and ensure that there isn’t a tangle in sight.
In order to make your hair more cooperative – a big bonus when you’re in a rush – use a texturising spray, such as the Fashion Waves 07 Sea-Salt Spray from Redken. Not only will your bun hold better, your tresses will be left with a beachy, matte finish and without the stickiness. Gianni Coppa uses Matrix’s Texture Builder to obtain this result: “It will style your hair while keeping it in place, but not too much if you wish to create a messy bun, for example,” he says.
Decide how low or high you’d like the bun to sit – that’s where the ponytail is tied. It’s a strategic decision: higher will look more chic with a prima ballerina edge, while heading lower will adorn you with a more laid-back look. Once you’ve decided, smooth back your tresses with a brush or your fingers and tie it up.
Take your pony and twist it around the base; the tighter the twist, the tighter the bun. If you’d prefer it more relaxed, then make sure you leave it a little slack. Then, use a pin (or several for a disciplined ‘do) to secure the loop.
To make your look seamless and conceal your bun’s secrets from its onlookers, use your ponytail’s end to wrap and cover the band. Then, tuck in with another pin just below the bun.
If a boho vibe is your aim, then simply pull out a few strands with your fingers. For the illusion of volume, make it look larger by pulling it out a little, and for a modern update, try adding a stylish bun cuff.
Once there are no improvements to be made and you’re ready to start the day bun held high, don’t forget to give the entire creation a quick spritz with a hairspray such as L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray. You’ll be ready to go from dawn ‘til dusk!
And there you have it: your perfect bun, achieved in a rush-friendly five minutes!
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