A growing set of celebrities have been wearing the high bun lately, but Sarah Jessica Parker, her buns are the best.
At least that’s what Nurtur the Salon stylist Heather Krol thinks. She would know. Krol is so “absolutely obsessed with upstyling,” she said, her co-workers have nicknamed her The Updo Queen.
“People still love the volume, but now it’s all about being soft, romantic, effortless,” Krol said of updos. “You can totally make any bun style into a more modern style … Have a couple pieces falling down, and then you have the movement and freedom but you’ve still got your structure.”
Here are some of Krol’s tips for creating an enviable version of this high style.
Don’t get too high. Start with a ponytail that sits on the back curve of your head. “You don’t want to go right on top because then you’ll look like Pebbles,” Krol said.
Use a flexible product. Avoid helmet head with a supportive hair spray that doesn’t harden or flake. Krol loves Aveda’s Control Force ($26 at Nurtur).
Flip it. For the traditional, tight look, you want your hair as smooth as possible before you pin it into a bun. Flip your head over after you’ve secured a ponytail and use some hairspray and a bristle brush to smooth flyaways. For a modern, messy look, flip your head upside down and use your fingers to brush your hair up toward your head before you start to pin.
Use efficient tools. If you want to create a tight, even bun, use a hair sponge. Sold at most beauty supply stores, these hair-colored sponges look like doughnuts and fit around the ponytail; wrap hair around and under the doughnut and pin in place. For a modern look, create volume via curls first and pull out a few loose strands after pinned in place. Krol’s new favorite tool for this is a curl wand, a tapered-barrel curling iron without the clamp.
Bobby pin intelligently. Secure the pin where you’re pinching the hair. Those with thick locks should secure two pins in an X for maximum hold.