I just got back from hot and muggy South Carolina where the heat index was often above 110 degrees. Needless to say, I wore my hair up every single day.
If you are trying to survive the sweltering temperatures and are looking for ways to change up your bun, check out these ideas from InStyle:
1. DO IT WITH A (VERY) DEEP SIDE PART:
Not only is it easier than pulling strands straight back ballerina-style, but brushing your hair to the side will look less severe and more refined. To get the look, begin the line right above the highest point of your brow’s arch. From there, drag the end of a styling comb back from the hairline at a slight inward diagonal to give it an edgy angle.
2. WEAVE IN RIBBONS:
Jennifer Lawrence’s embellished twist is easier than it looks. Gather hair into a low ponytail, then tie a long strand of metallic trim around the base, leaving the ends roughly the same length as your hair. Then braid, pinning the plait into a bun. Feeling adventurous? Go for multiple braids.
3. LET IT GEL:
For big, glam topknots like Jennifer Lopez’s, hair gel is a must. (It adds hold, plumps strands, and minimizes frizz.) Let hair air-dry, then pull it into a high pony, and work through a cream gel. Twirl hair into a rope, winding it around the elastic and pinning as you go.
4. TAKE TWO (OR THREE OR FOUR):
Rachel McAdams’ intricate updo is actually the sum of tons of little buns. To try a similar look, pull 1-4-inch sections of hair to the back of the head, twist into small buns, and secure with crossed bobby pins. For a look that’s more romantic than punk-rock, use your fingers to loosen the sides and lift the top.
5. ADD A HEADBAND:
If you bun feels blah, jazz it up with a headband. Chunky, embellished bands look right with low buns and simple, skinny versions are cute with high knots. For a modern look, choose one that’s sleek (no more than 1 to 2 inches wide) and position it about an inch behind your hairline.
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-- Ryan Patterson