Ditch The Topknot For This Easy Evening 'Do



The ever-so-popular topknot has ruled the streets (and obstructed our view at the movie theater) for the past few years, but we think it’s time for a bun migration. Recently, we were captivated by the simple but ever-so-beautiful low chignon at Rachel Comey's spring '12 show. It felt instantly chic, and also happened to work on every single lady, regardless of face shape or hair texture. It's high time for a classic bun resurgence, so we sought out the expertise of makeup artist and hairstylist, Jillian Villafane, to help us help you. The end result: an easy-as-pie guide to perfecting this polished look.

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Photographed by Dan McMahon

1. To get this look right, you have to begin with dry hair. Run a brush through it to smooth out any tangles, then apply an anti-frizz serum. Jillian recommends Josie Maran Argan Oil.
Josie Maran Argan Oil, $14, available at Sephora; No-Frizz Paddle Brush, $14.99, available at Ricky's.

2. Part hair down the center, and brush it into a low ponytail. Secure it at the nape of your neck.

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Photographed by Dan McMahon

3. Wrap the ponytail around its base. Tie a second elastic around the bun.

4. Secure the sides of the bun with bobby pins, tucking them into the bun, to pull it closer to your head and conceal any elastic that may be showing.

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Photographed by Dan McMahon

5. Using your fingers, pull some small strands of hair out of bun, for a messy effect. To set, spray the bun lightly with hairspray. Voila! Now go party hardy, you vixen!

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, $14.99. available at L'Oreal.