Avoid a bun-fight. Recreate these styles

31 May

Wear them up, wear them loose, wear them smart; there’s nothing quite as versatile as a bun.

All along the red carpet at Cannes 2013 the bun was on display. Some wore them braided, others went for a backcombed beehive style.

A bun is popular because it’s easy to work a look that’s sleek and stylish or slightly messy and textured. You can keep on trend by adding elements of new season ideas – like the plaits – or keep it classic.

If you’ve short or mid-length hair, of course you might think a bun is out of reach. In fact it’s each to achieve. All you need is a Dream Girl Pony Extension. Choose the style and the colour and away you go.

Here’s three styles you can recreate, hot off the Cannes red carpet.

Nicole Kidman – braided bun

Nicole Kidman, who was on the Cannes jury, kind of stole the show with her stunning up-dos.

They’re intricate and they’re not for the faint-hearted.

To go for the harder way of doing it you need to clip the pony extension lower at the nape of your neck. Don’t worry about tying your natural hair in a ponytail underneath it, you’ll weave your hair around it, helping it to blend in.

Start the braid by taking a one inch section of hair just above the left ear. Start plaiting and feed it into the pony extension. Clip to secure it in place. Do the same again with an inch section in the middle of the head and plait into the pony extension. Then to the same from the right. Then behind the ear. You should have four pinned plaits feeding into the pony extension and hair that looks slightly messy. Feed all those strands in and begin plaiting the extension (or your own hair if it’s long enough) until you reach the end. Twist into a bun, plaiting in any loose strands as you go.

If that sounds too hard clip the pony extension over your own hair. Plait and then twist into a bun. Pull out a few strands.

Aishwarya Rai – Chignon



Aishwarya is one of the most stylish and glamorous women in the world. She never fails to disappoint on the red carpet.

This chignon is worn higher on the head but makes a real impact.

If you’re using a ponytail extension then you need to clip it over your natural hair. Begin at the nape of the neck, twisting and turning your hair into a chignon. Once you get to the crown pin in place. Clip the extension over this section. Twist the ponytail around and secure with grips. Add a little spray and you’re ready to go.



Barbara Pulvin – Wet look chignon

One for the slightly edgy and the fearless.

Create a wet look with gel. You want to create a twist, so don’t pin down your natural hair, simply clip the extension to the nape of your neck. Gather all your hair towards the extension and start twisting. You want the finish to be quite tight. As you twist hair you want it to smooth at the side, which creates this flat finish. Keep twisting and secure with grips as you go. Clip back your fringe if you have one and back comb slightly for a little lift. Spray to secure.

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