Hallelujah, beautiful, balmy weather has arrived! Yesterday, the temps in New York City reached optimal levels (in my opinion) and I celebrated by drinking beers on my roof and cultivating a patchy base tan. The only downfall to this arrival of summer weather is how hot I get when my hair is down — but I’m bored of pulling it back into a simple ponytail or sloppy bun. This summer, I vow to eschew the usual in favor of these pretty and funky takes on braids, buns, ponytails and twists. Click through for 20 options with links to how to style them yourself!
Having dreamy long hair can be great, but it can also be a huge frustration. Hair always getting in your face, stuck in your yogurt or in your mouth? Yeah, we feel you. That’s why we advocate on behalf of the hair bun. Otherwise known as the “updo,” a simple bun is an elegant alternative to wearing your hair down. Click through to see some cool bun options, as modeled on real women.
If you lack the manual dexterity to braid your hair into fishtails or pretzels, you’re in luck. After years in the top spot, the braid has a challenger that’s far more attainable: the bun. No, it’s not new—Athenian women wore the style back in ancient Greece—but the bun has been popping up everywhere from runways to red carpets in a variety of forms. Heck, you can’t log onto Pinterest without a sighting. To find the one that best fits your personality, check out these 10 options.
I recently because rather obsessed with the Sock Bun, a method of styling your hair into a bun that, yes, involves a sock. Basically, you snip off the toe of an old sock and then roll the sock into a donut shape. Then you put your hair in a ponytail, slip the tail through the center of the sock donut, and roll and tuck your hair over and under the donut until it’s at your crown. (Here’s a good tutorial.) It basically makes your bun look a whole lot fatter and, I’ll admit, pretty damn good. I’ve been practicing the sock bun on my own hair with decent results; this technique gives a bun a certain refinement that twisting it up with an elastic just doesn’t. Which is strange because you have an old sock in my hair. Generally, though, no one knows that. It’s your and your sock bun’s little secret. But then it occurred to me that the sock bun would not be the ideal hairdo for a date/makeout session. Seriously, what a dude do if a moment of passion was interrupted by him finding an old sock in your hair? So I went to the guy I always ask ridiculous questions like these, John DeVore. Here is what he had to say. Keep reading »
When I’m not busy picking bald patches into my scalp, I like to look at hair tutorials and screw around with my locks. On days when I wake up with weird cowlicks or greasy roots, I usually pull it back into a sloppy bun, but I’d like to up the ante by trying out one of these twists, heh, on the usual. Click on for 10 bun and tuck hair tutorials! Keep reading »