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How-To: Perfect Your Banana Bun

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. 

1. Curl hair with the Beachwaver S1, then brush through the curls with an On Set Pro Brush for soft waves. Pro tip: for extra shine, spray your brush with a flexible hairspray before brushing. 

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. 


 

How To: Wrap Up Bun

The Wrap Up Bun is super simple to use, and creates a beautiful, elegant bun. If you'd like a cleaner, tighter bun, first put your hair in a ponytail. Then, open the Wrap Up and insert your hair through the hole. Pinch the hole closed and slide the Wrap Up closer to the ends of your hair. Once it has almost reached the end, begin to roll the Wrap Up closer to your ponytail until you get to the top. Once you get there, wrap the Wrap Up around in order to form the shape of a bun. Pull the ends of the Wrap Up together and pull your hair around it to create a flawless bun. Similarly, there is a Half Up which can be used to create a bun for half of your hair, as pictured. It is used in the exact same way, and also creates an adorable bun.


 
 

365 Days of Braids: Week 1

5 Strand Fishtail Braid
Step 1: Divide hair into five even sections.
Step 2: Fish tail braid* each individual section.
Step 3: Once all sections are complete, five strand braid* them together and secure with an elastic.

*Fishtail Braid
Step 1: Part hair into two sections.
Step 2: Pull skinny strand from left section.
Step 3: Cross that strand to right section.
Step 4: Pull skinny strand from right section.
Step 5: Cross that strand to left section.
Step 6: Repeat this crisscross pattern pulling strands from opposite side.

*Five Strand Braid
Step 1: Divide hair into 5 sections.
Step 2: Pull outer most strand on left side over the strand next to it and under middle strand becoming the new middle strand.
Step 3: Pull outer most strand on right over the strand next to it and under the middle strand becoming the new middle strand.
Step 4: Repeat this motion alternating sides.


 
 

Selena Gomez: Sleek and Straight

This week, I styled the gorgeous Selena Gomez for the Adidas NEO Label Show during Spring Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

How to Get the Look:

First, brush out the hair with the On Set Styling Brush. Then, using Darby Clips divide hair into sections and start straightening the bottom and crown of with the Ceramic Styling Iron. For this look, I used the Mini Touch Up Iron to finish flat ironing the final sections in front. For a smooth finish, I used Aussie's Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream. It creates a great shine. I always touch up flyaways on set with the Jet-Setter, which always comes in handy because it's so small, convenient and cordless!
Selena has such beautiful long dark hair and it was so fun styling it. I love New York Fashion Week and this was a great way to kick it off!
You can check out Selena's line of Adidas sneakers here.
Xo,
Sarah


 
 

Get the look: 1960's

In the 1960s, hair was high and eye makeup was dramatic. Women were dressing in psychedelic prints and mismatched patterns. The popular hairstyle was the beehive, which was created in 1960 by Chicago stylist Margaret Vinci Heldt. Editors at Modern Beauty Salon asked her to create a brand new hairstyle that would wow the beauty world. Inspired by a velvet fez that she owned, she created the beehive. I love this era and I had a blast recreating this iconic hairstyle!

How the Look was Achieved:

Step 1:The hair was curled with a large barrel curling Iron, like the Beachwaver Pro. The curls were left to set and cool.

Step 2: Backcomb, backcomb, backcomb! The hair was then backcombed using a ratting comb through the entire crown of the head. They kept backcombing until the hair was nice and high.

Step 3: Once the base or “rat” had been created, they would take sections from the front of the base and smooth them back over the top of the rat and create a beehive shape. The sections were intricately placed and pinned discretely.

Step 4: The hairstyle was then sprayed with TONS of hairspray.

1960's Makeup:

Nude lips, heavy dark mascara and false eyelashes were important where the go to look in the 1960s. The bottom lashes were often painted to look longer. Popular eye shadow colors included green, blue and purple and pastel colors like corals, pinks and peach were used on their cheeks.