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.
We met Chicago blogger Ginger Lu(@gingerrlu) at a Beachwaver® event in downtown Chicago and were instantly obsessed with her high-fashion, cool-girl style, so we sat down with her at the Peninsula Hotel to learn more about her style and her blog, mei-mei, and invited her to test drive the Beachwaver®!
Beachwaver: You have a super successful, midwest-based blog—how do you set yourself apart from other fashion bloggers in the area?
Ginger: I think in the midwest, fashion is inspired by the aesthetic of brands like J.Crew and Lilly Pulitzer, but I pull most of my fashion inspiration from New York and L.A., so I think that sets me apart. But I think the biggest thing is that I’m really into streetwear—brands like RSVP, Virgil Abloh and Off-White. I started reading Hypebeast when I was in high school, and since then I’ve stayed up-to-date on all the cool fashion coming in from Europe and Asia…and I think that sets me apart because my style is a little edgier and a little more ‘street’ than some midwest bloggers.
Beachwaver: What are some of your other hobbies and talents?
Ginger: I play piano. I’m super into photography. I’m also designing a line of streetwear with my sister. And I have a podcast called ‘Ghosted’ about millennial dating and hookup culture.
Beachwaver: It’s freezing in Chicago right now. What are some of your style tips for getting through the winter months in the midwest?
Ginger: Layers, layers, layers. I usually wear a puffy jacket with a denim jacket underneath or a furry turtleneck sweater. Sock boots are also really in right now. I love really furry winter boots you can pair with leggings. I think being comfy in the winter is most important thing, because if you’re comfy and warm, you’re happy.
Beachwaver: What are some of your favorite places to shop in Chicago?
Ginger: That’s a hard one! I love everything in Wicker Park. I go to RSVP [Gallery] a lot. St. Alfred, Una Mae’s. And I’ve been going to Suki + Solaine recently, and Nordstrom for everyday pieces.
Beachwaver: What’s your favorite Chicago activity?
Ginger: I just like being outside and exploring. There are so many cool things to do in the city. You can go into a coffee shop and meet really cool artists and musicians..I’ve met some of my really good friends just out at events or exploring the city.
Beachwaver: Today was your first time using the Beachwaver®—what did you think?!
Ginger: OK, I’m terrible at doing my hair—all my friends can testify to this. And [the Beachwaver®] is honestly the easiest tool I’ve ever used. It’s super easy, and my hair looks awesome right now. Plus, if I can use it, anyone can.