The Bun That Proves Minimalism Is Back

Photographed by Nadya Wasylko.
The messy bun has been our go-to hairstyle for ages. But, we'll be the first to admit it: At this point, our cherished look has become a bit...blasé. Sure, it's quick, easy, and low-effort, but it also has a time and a place — like the gym or a weekend afternoon on the couch. So for those more formal occasions, we've adopted what we're now calling "the fashion bun," created by Sebastian Professional hairstylist Angel Cardona. Think of this as the messy bun's more sophisticated, grown-up cousin. It's clean, polished, structured — and just slightly more work. (Plus, you can wear it to the office or on a date, and no one will know you threw it together at the last minute.)

To get the look, Cardona suggests starting with damp hair, so you can give yourself a fresh, smooth, frizz-free blowout. Spritz your hair with a heat protectant, then point the nozzle of your blowdryer downward, brushing through the hair section by section as you dry. Next, rub a quarter-sized amount of finishing crème, like Sebastian Professional Sublimate, between your palms and smooth the hair into a low ponytail. (For an extra-sleek look, you can flat-iron sections, applying a bit of Sublimate both before and after.) Feel free to be generous with the crème — you can use it to tame flyaways, control your hair, and/or make sections more piece-y, says Cardona. Then, make your ponytail more stable by using bobby pins as support — insert a pin on each side of your elastic, pushing them in toward the center. Once they're completely lodged in, wrap pieces of your hair around the elastic to hide it.
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Photographed by Nadya Wasylko.
Now comes the tricky part, so stick with us — we promise it's easier than it looks. Take your ponytail and flip it upward toward the top of your head. Slide in some extra-long bobby pins horizontally, securing the piece of hair just above the elastic. Next, take an accent piece, like black ribbon or a strip of leather, and slide it down so it's settled right above your bobby pins. Leave it there for the time being. Take the remainder of your ponytail and bend it back downward, creating an upside-down U-shape. Continue looping back and forth until you reach the end of your pony. Then, wrap your accessory over the entire piece so it forms a band and secure it tightly. Run a flat iron through the ends of your pony and spray the style generously with hairspray. See? Weren't those extra 10 minutes worth it?

Jonathan Simkhai top, Dion Lee top, Eva Attling earrings.

Okay, so you're up on all the latest hair trends. But, truth be told, they can be difficult to DIY if you don't have access to a professional 24/7. Don't let that deter you. In our new series, Hairstyle Files, we're bringing you expert tips straight from the pros at Sebastian Professional, so you can create bold, of-the-moment hairstyles in the comfort of your own home. With new looks added each month, return again and again to keep your hair game strong.
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