Spring Hair Trend: The Braided Bun

How to put a new twist on a classic knot

Photo by Anthea Simms

The low-slung, ballerina-style chignon is a chic look that’s always on-trend, and the topknot that made waves this summer is a great variation that seems to have real staying power. But if you covet something a little different, the Spring 2011 runways were full of inspiration for bun-lovers everywhere. In our opinion, the braided variety was the most notable, most wearable and easiest to replicate without a team of hairstylists on hand.

At Gucci, hair was slicked into a deep side part and pulled back into a low, twisted bun, secured with bronze leather hair bands that matched the collection’s accessories. Hairstylist Luigi Murenu called it “Studio 54 hair,” but we think it’s au courant. Here’s how you can achieve the look at home.
1. Using a tail comb, create a deep side part, lined up with the outer corner of one eye.
2. Apply a small amount of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum ($10.50, at drugstores), and comb through hair.
3. Secure hair in a low ponytail with an elastic, and divide the ponytail into two sections.
4. Twist the sections individually and then twist them around each other. Secure the end with a clear elastic.
5. Roll the twisted hair underneath the base of the ponytail, hiding the end, and secure with pins.