The banana bun (a close relative of the über chic French twist) is the ultimate cool-girl style. It’s timeless, elegant and one of the most versatile looks—dress it up (it’s the perfect bridesmaid ‘do) or down (is it just us, or does it pair perfectly with a fuzzy fall sweater?)—so we’re thrilled it’s back and trending for fall.
Below is our version of the classic banana bun. Tuck in the ends for a formal vibe, or leave them out for a more casual look! Here's how it's done.
2. Pull all hair to one side and twist the top third inward, then secure with large bobby pins.
3. Roll the next third of the hair inward, slightly below the first section. Secure with large bobby pins, and gently pancake the bun for volume.
4. Roll the last section upward, and pin. Tip: For a more casual, daytime look, leave out about an inch of hair at the bottom.
5. Spray with a flexible hairspray, then Beachwave the front pieces once more if desired.
6. Brb. Trying this right now and every day this season.
Since The Beachwaver® Co. is based in the midwest, we couldn’t wait to sit down with founder of the popular blog “Marvelous in the Midwest,” Cara Fries (@marvelousinthemidwest). After trying out the Beachwaver® for the first time, Cara was a big fan—and we were big fans of Cara! Keep reading to learn what she loves about the midwest, some of her favorite beauty products and more!
Cara: I started two and a half years ago. I originally graduated with a marketing degree, and I decided I had the resources to start a fashion blog. All my friends were pushing me into it. I was always a huge shopper—always wanting the newest and best things out there. It started as a hobby, but it’s grown and become almost a full-time job.
Cara: Definitely the people. Everyone in the midwest is super nice. And I love having four seasons—it’s nice to get a mixture of warm and cold weather.
Cara: I’m a huge foodie, so I love the food scene. I love the deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati’s is one of my favorite spots). And the shopping scene. I live right off Michigan Avenue, so I’m near every store you could possibly imagine.
Cara: I would say Lauren Conrad. Growing up in the days of Laguna Beach and The Hills, I was always into her style, her hair, how she did her makeup. I think she’s flawless!
Cara: Definitely mascara—I can’t leave home without it. I love all of Benefit’s mascara, and I also use L’Oreal Double Extend Lash Extend primer.
Cara: During the week I normally wear it straight, which is my hair’s natural texture. But on the weekends or any time I do a blog shoot, I’ll curl it completely and brush out the curls.
Cara: I love the Beachwaver®! I’d never used it on myself, so it was really cool to get to try it out and realize it’s not as intimidating as it looks. It made my hair a different kind of curly than my other tools, and it’s a lot easier and quicker than some of the other curling routines I’ve done in the past.
Cara: That’s a hard question because I’m constantly on social media! One thing I would say is that my phone is on low battery a lot, so I think the best way to unplug is just to put it in the other room and let it charge, and this gives me time to focus on other things like my fiancé, or other work I need to get done or watching one of my favorite TV shows.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most exciting days of your life, so that means you want to look absolutely stunning. Sarah Potempa created these beautiful DIY Wedding looks for PopSugar Beauty that you can style on yourself for your big day.
1. Hippie-Chic Waves
If you are going for a beach wedding, these beautiful waves could look amazing on your wedding day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out.
2. Boxed Fishtail Braid
This boxed fishtail braid is incredible and to see how to do it, check this out.
3. Plaited Updo With Fresh Flowers
This stunning updo contains both braids and flowers. To see how to achieve this beautiful look, check this out.
4. Easy-Breezy Beach Waves
Big, beautiful beachwaves are always in style. To see how to achieve this look, check this out.
5. Veronica Lake-Inspired 'Do
These Hollywood Glam waves are stunning and elegant. To see how to achieve this look, check this out.
6. Brigitte Bardot Bouffant
This look is sophisticated, beautiful, and classy. To achieve this look, check this out.
7. Carrie Bradshaw Bun
This big bun is an updo that will make you feel confident and beautiful on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out.
8. Crayola-Chic Chignon
If you are going for more of a bolder, colorful look on your big day, this colored hairdo is a fun way to style your hair on your big day. To see how to achieve this look, check this out.