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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. 


 

10 Tricks for Gorgeous, Low-Maintenance Hair

1) Cut Layers

Layers look great whether they're blown or out air dried. It also will cut down on your salon visits, because layers still look great as they grow out.

2) Shave Time Off Your Blow-Dry

Drying hair can be made easier by “flipping wet hair upside down and blasting with a dryer until it’s almost dry, then go over only the top layer with a big curling iron to create loose waves,” says stylist Nunzio Saviano.

3) Style While You Snooze

For loose waves and smooth roots, Sarah Potempa, suggests splitting hair into two sections, then twisting each side back, away from the face, and wrapping into small buns. Secure with bobby pins; release in the morning. 

4) Go Easy on the Product

To stretch your days between washing your hair, use less product so there is less buildup. Extra product can make hair appear dirtier.

5) Treat Your Locks With TLC

When your hair is healthy, it's easier to style and maintain. Using a treatment and nourishing mask every once in a while will help to keep your locks lovely.

6) Don't OD on Dry Shampoo

If you use too much dry shampoo, it can actually clog your hair follicles and risk the health of the new hair growing in.

7) Twist and Go

When your hair is wet, separate it into strand and twist them and don't touch them. Then when they dry, you'll have nice, loose waves.

8) Prolong Your Color

It can be so hard to keep up with hair growing out after you color it. “I choose a color no more than two shades lighter than the natural one, then start the color about a quarter inch off the scalp. That way, the grow-out is very subtle,” says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at the Nunzio Saviano Salon.

9) Think: Big Picture

For some, “it may pay to invest time or money in one high-maintenance service in order to be lower maintenance on a daily basis,” says Jenny Cho. Some examples of this include: Get keratin smoothing treatment every three to four months to make blow-drying and frizz-fighting go more quickly. Splurge on a professional blow-out or give yourself a blow-out once a week.

10) Focus on the Front

If your hair is wet, Sarah Potempa says to blow-dry just the hair around your face, then put the rest in a loose French braid to air-dry. “This will ultimately create soft waves and minimize frizz,” she says. “And in the short term, it helps you look groomed, even if only 30 percent of your hair is dry. The key is making it appear like a deliberate style.”

Full article here.


 
 

Your biggest hair questions: Answered!

From dying your hair, to the washing and texture of it, this article by Good Housekeeping answers some of your biggest hair dying questions. Celebrity hair stylist Sarah Potempa shares some of her secrets to keeping healthy and perfectly colored hair.

Q: Is there a color that works best to cover gray?

A: Don't think you have to choose a specific color or a dark one to cover gray or to look younger. Go with what looks best on you! And consider incorporating highlights into your gray, which can be beautiful and easier to maintain.

Q: How long after I first color my hair should I wait until shampooing next?

A: Wait at least two to three days so that the color has time to oxidize and settle in.

Q: Most hair kits come with samples of shampoo and conditioner - can't I use my own?

A: Be sure to read your bottles carefully. Some shampoos and conditioners (ones that contain sulfates or are labeled "clarifying," for example) can strip away color, so you want to avoid using these right after you color your hair. The best bet would be to use the product they give you to ensure the color lasts. 

Q: How do I decide which hair color is best for my complexion?

A: The best idea? Test different colors with a wig or a colored hair extension. See how the color looks against your skin, and pick something that works for your skin tone.

The link to the full article is here