Ever since my hair has gotten that bit longer (I think it's safe to say I'm out of the 'lob' zone now!), I've been really enjoying finding different ways to wear my hair up. I love wearing my hair down, but it's just not practical for everyday, and the traditional pineapple bun does nothing for me! I thought I'd talk you through the three ways I've been styling my hair recently, I really love them!
THE TWISTY BUN
I really couldn't think of a better name for this. This is definitely the most fiddly of the three looks, but it's probably my favourite, I think it's so pretty, and I can see this working for an evening event or a wedding too. To do this, I like to use a big 'alice band' but you can do it without too. I split my hair into a half up half down ponytail, and place the hairband round my head, under the ponytail, so the bottom section of hair is underneath it, and then let the ponytail down. I then gather all my hair into a loose low ponytail in the middle of my head, along the line of the hairband, and secure with a hair tie the same colour as my hair. From there, you twist the ponytail in on itself, this photo explains it better than I can, but I like to make mine messier than this! I just keep twisting until I'm left with the very ends of my hair out, and I use 101 grips to hold it all in place! I like to keep my fringe and a few pieces of hair loose around my face, but that's totally down to personal preference!
THE DUTCH BRAID BUN
If you know how to dutch braid, this is easy as pie. Sometimes I do this with the braid going across the top of my head like this, or sometimes from the other side going around the back of my head, you can really play with this a lot. I simply dutch braid (the same as french braiding, but you cross the hair underneath instead of over) from my parting down to just behind my ear, on the side that has more hair (if you have a center parting you can use either side!), and then gather the rest of my hair into a loose bun at the bottom of the braid. Simples! I like to pull the braid apart a little to make it look bigger and chunkier, and pull out a few strands of hair on the opposite side so it looks more casual! If your hair is longer than mine, it looks really nice to continue the braid with the rest of your hair instead of gathering it into a bun, but mine's not quite long enough to look good like that, the end of the plait ends up being too skinny for my liking!
THE BRAIDED PONY
This is my go-to for the gym, travel and desk days, it's comfy and it keeps my fringe off my face. You simply dutch braid the top midsection of your hair, gathering as much hair as you can from the sides, until you reach the crown of your hair, and just pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail. Again, I like to pull out the braid a little and mess it up, but that's just personal preference!
What are your favourite updo's?