Worn with minimal dewy make-up, this bun works for every occasion possible, as Margot Robbie demonstrates.
Simply start with a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, spritz with hairspray to keep it smooth and then twist the pony until it wraps into a neat bun, adding pins to keep it secure and sleek.
Hairstylist Orlando Pita wanted this hairstyle to reflect the idea of empowerment. Think it looks tricky to create? Think again.
Starting with a French twist, Orlando worked (£11.05) through the top of the hair, then misted his hands with (£3.99) before rolling up the length of the twist and securing diagonally with pins, keeping the crown area slightly loose for that sexy, tousled finish.
Starting with just a low ponytail and then wrapping loosely into a chignon (doesn’t need to be too neat), we love how easy and effortless this look is to recreate whilst still looking super chic.
Big, bold glamorous beehives saw models at the beautiful PPQ show balance hordes of hair piled high on top of their heads.
The look is chic but easy to do and wears well with smoky eyes. As Marc Trinder, art team director at Charles Worthington, suggests, start with a volumised base by working dry strands with mousse is the easiest way to approach the look.
‘Dry upside down to blast the roots, and section from ear to ear on across the top of the head and clip the front section away.
‘Sweep the back section into a high pony and secure with a band, then back-comb the ponytail and wrap it around the base to create a large top knot.
‘Release the front section and brush from one side to the other across the front of the bun, eventually wrapping the ends around the bun itself using (£5.99) to secure as you do it.
‘Brush the sides tight and loosen the front for a natural lift above the forehead, then use a few grips to secure those ends into the top knot.’
The poster child of modern Hollywood and all its sumptuous glamour, Johansson swapped her usual sleek, tight updo for something more dishevelled.
Still swept off the face to let her necklace stand out, her strands were lightly mussed, and Trinder has broken this easy-to-do style down into some simple steps.
Trinder suggests starting with a bit of body, spritzing (£6.99) through dry hair.
‘Then, on the top section gently tease the roots by lightly back-combing and add in a little (£5.99).
‘Rake hair back to the nape and secure into a loose ponytail, then twist the ends of the pony around the base and secure with a few long hair pins at the edges.
‘Buff your fingers and hands over the surface to lightly dishevel, and spritz with a gentle mist of (£5.99) to finish.'
He recommends wearing on heart and oval shaped faces to flatter the contours, but other shapes can pull this off by loosening strands a little.
Boasting a vintage, elegant feel reminiscent of Hitchcock heroines, this sleek yet intricate twisted bun is surprisingly easy to do.
Trinder suggests starting with a smooth and soft finish to prime hair for styling.
‘On damp hair use a little (£5.99) to add a little softness to the feel of the hair.
‘Use a flat brush and sweep tightly into two separate ponytails just below the crown- one on top of the other securing with elastic. Spray (£5.99) liberally throughout for a polished, glam finish.
‘Saturate the ends of each ponytail with the glossing spray also, then merge the two ponytails together, twist around and wrap around the base you have created, moulding with your fingers. Use a few grips to secure.
‘Use a fine hairnet over this bun and grip around the edges to ensure no strays pop out as the hair naturally dries off.’
However, because it’s so tight and clean, Trinder recommends wearing this look on oval face shapes, suggesting that only those used to sleek styles should be brave enough to try it out.
A sleek, high bun is the perfect look for fuss-free, easy glamour, and Sarah Louise Okin, creative director at Daniel Hersheson, insists it’s easy to create ‘as long as you don’t over-complicate it.’
She says: ‘Start by lightly back-combing the front of the hair to create some gentle height, then pull it up with the rest of the hair and tie into a high ponytail. Very loosely plait the pony and lightly back-comb to give grip, then loop the plait around itself in a clockwise motion and secure using pins and grips.’
Perfect to be worn to a winter wedding, as it’s low-maintenance and chic, Okin suggests pairing with a heart shaped face to flatter your cheekbones.
Another beehive hit the trend circuit at Dolce & Gabbana, this time more sleek and chic, complementing a pair of chandelier earrings against a cats-eye flick.
We love the flattering centre parting paired with volume at the crown which is one of the very best look to take you into party season.
Begin by back combing hair at the crown to give a little lift, and secure the texture with hairspray before you begin to style.
Okin says: ‘Start by loosely tying hair into a low ponytail, then gently sweep the pony around itself, being careful not to pull it tight. Then secure around the shape you've created using pins and grips.’
‘I like how relaxed this look is; it gives an air of I don't care and still looks good. And, best of all, it can be worn with any face shape, as the strands are kept so loose.’
A sophisticated take on the easy topknot, Temperley has transformed this traditionally ‘day-off’ hairstyle. From messy and tousled to groomed and silky, the once-lazy look was so perfectly coiffed at the SS13 show that it wouldn’t look out of place at a dinner party.
But unlike its messier counter-part, which can be thrown up in a matter of seconds, this decidedly more glamorous ‘do requires careful construction. Francesca Saville, director at Taylor Taylor London advises diligent combing as you take your hair into a high ponytail, ensuring that no strand is out of place. ‘To create the ballet look you can use a fine hair net to keep the ponytail clean and neat, then wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail and carefully pin into place, making sure the bun stays high.’
And as for finishing this look off? It’s surprisingly low-maintenance. Mist liberally with (£10) and slick on some black liner flicks.
Red HQ favourite, Diane Kruger, never gets it wrong. From her impossibly chic red carpet choices to her flawlessly coiffed ‘do, the model-turned-actress is an unfailing inspiration with her timeless beauty choices.
And this hairstyle is no different. Working the SS13 bun trend with a pair of diamond earrings, this low-slung, sleek chignon takes on a classic shape. Matched with a deep side parting that suits all face shapes the style is ideal for weddings and other special occasions.
‘For this look start by adding texture, prepping the hair with (£16), whilst blasting the hair with the dryer to give volume,’ says Saville. ‘Part the hair with a far side parting and loosely tie the hair on the opposite side in a ponytail. Then lightly scrunch the pony tail to add thickness and volume, and fold it under, still at the side, before pinning into place.’
Once pinned, all that’s needed is a little texture in the crown, that’s created by gently working fingers through this section. Add in(£14.50) to create a light lift with superb hold.
Every bit as classic as the brand’s signature style, the models at Ralph Lauren wore their hair in romantic buns that looked impossibly effortless. A failsafe option for summer weddings, this low-slung knot will flatter most any face shape.
But prepare to perfect a sleek finish, as this look is as polished as hair buns come. Gareth Williams, senior art team member at Headmasters Mayfair, recommends starting with your usual shampoo and conditioner before styling on damp hair. ‘After a thorough towel dry, generously spritz L’ (£13) into the hair and dry your hair backwards, pushing it away from the face. Then take a clear elastic band and fasten into a ponytail, ensuring the base of the pony is in the centre of the nape.
‘Now lightly spray the hair with (£17.80) and simply tie a knot in the pony, fastened with another clear elastic. Roll the knot in an upwards motion, and secure with some chignon pins.’
Update the look with another spritz of Kerastase Gloss Appeal, lending a modern vinyl finish that makes this romantic bun more on trend.
Although this is a carefully constructed bun, the sleek up-‘do is ideal for holiday hair. When you don’t have the help of heated appliances, you can simply slick hair up in this pretty, practical style. Perfect on any hair type and suiting most face shapes, it provides a little chic relief when you’re out in the heat.
Joon Miller, blow dry specialist at Aveda Institute UK, recommends super-smoothing products to create this elegant look. ‘Prep hair with (£19.50) to create the foundation of the style, follow with (£14.50), comb through and subtly sweep very slightly to one side. Then pull hair into a ponytail just above the nape of the neck.
‘Work a small amount of (£22) through the ponytail, then take a small section of the hair and wrap it around the ponytail base, pinning to cover any signs of a hair tie. Take the length of the ponytail and wrap it around the fingers to create a cylinder shape, pin underneath. Finish by smoothing through (£22) for an iridescent sheen.’
If you like your hair to look ‘no-fuss’, a low tousled bun is the epitome of effortless cool. Still super chic yet low-maintenance, stray strands falling throughout the day only add to the undone feel. But much like ‘no make-up make-up’ casual coiffing can sometimes be trickier to perfect. However, once you’ve followed these get the look tips from Miller, you won’t have to re-touch the look again.
Miller says, ‘To achieve this look prep the hair with (£19.50) for a smooth finish on the hair shaft and a little luster. Gently back comb at the roots working down the hair for minimal volume. Use a comb on the surface of the hair to smooth but if you have a fringe leave it loose.
‘Pull the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, twist into a coil and pin to create a loose chignon shape. Using your fingers, gently pull a few strands of hair away from the chignon for an effortless feel.’
With hair as long and thick as Salma’s, sleek chignons aren’t easy to do. But making the most of her hair’s luxe texture, she’s piled it high in this glamorous topknot. Delicately embellished with a high shine finish, it’s perfect for drinks with friends. And best of all, it’s ideal for day-old hair, so you can work this look even if you’re pushed for time.
Williams, senior art team member at Headmasters Mayfair, advises prepping dry hair with (£12.25). ‘Then blast off with a hair dryer, shaking the hair in different directions. Now grab your curling tongs and, in random sections, wrap the hair around without closing it. This will keep more body in the hair.
‘Once complete, spray Headmasters (£2.99) into the roots, and brush the hair into a pony tail that sits at the crown. Back brush the pony to create the texture in the bun and fold around in a clockwise motion, fixing in place with some chignon pins.’
This style works best with oval and heart shaped faces, and is ideal if you want to show off some sculpted cheekbones. Wear as is for an easy, out-of-the-way day ‘do, or add hair jewellery like Salma for a touch of night-time glamour.
Worn with minimal, dewy make-up, this bun screams model-off-duty. Beautiful with blonde locks, it makes the very most of day-old hair when you’re feeling time-poor. Injected with just a hint of the on trend wet look, this makes the daring style much more wearable, giving it a sophisticated update with a slightly more textured finish.
Jack Thirlwall, top stylist at Neville, advises starting with rough-dried hair to create this sleek and flat-to-the-head style. ‘Select your parting and brush back using a soft bristle hairbrush or comb. Keep doing this until your hair is completely smooth and tie into a low pony. Twist the pony through the lengths and then spin it round the hair elastic, before pinning securely in place. Finish by smoothing through with a few drops of (£33.58) to create the vinyl texture.’
With shining brunette locks, like Rose Byrne’s, a slicked-back bun won’t do. Prone to making darker hair look greasy, a loose bun is much more chic. This look makes the most of a side-swept fringe and, when worn with classic pink-toned make-up, is incredibly elegant.
Ideal for slimming round faces and flattering oval shapes, this is a wonderfully wearable ‘do that will take you from day to night. Thirlwall recommends starting with rollers to create a lift at the roots for this bun. ‘Then take rollers out, split hair ear to ear and section off the front areas until later. Backcomb the back section of your hair for volume and then softly brush into place without flattening.
‘Tie the back of your hair into a low pony, and side part the front to create a faux-fringe. Lightly backcomb this section and pull a few more strands free before rolling and pinning the ponytail underneath for a simple, low bun.’