Posts Tagged ‘bun’


photos, graphic design + post by Kristin Ess

Girls with bangs (aka: fringe) seem to have some trouble finding updos. Here’s one that I think is super cute and pretty easy to do. It takes about 5-10 minutes and keeps your hair out of your way all day. It’s a great way to deal with second day hair if you just don’t feel like doing it in the morning but have to look prim + proper for work. Here’s how this bun is done…

  1. Start with dry hair. It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean– in fact 2nd day hair does better than clean hair when it comes to this look. If your hair is on day 2, spray a little DRY SHAMPOO at the root before you start.
  2. Use this type of thick rubberband or something similar to gather all of your hair on the top of your head. Don’t worry about it being perfect, just make sure it won’t move.
  3. Take about 1/4 of the whole ponytail (as you see Kamille doing in photo 3) and drop it off to the side. Note: try taking this piece from the side, not all the way from the back– that way the best/thickest part of the braid will show up in the front.
  4. Leave the 1/4 section out and create a regular ballerina bun on top using the other 3/4 of the ponytail. If you don’t know how to do a ballerina bun, CLICK HERE for our video.
  5. Once you’ve secured the bun, take the 1/4 section you left out and braid it. Fishtail, regular braid, whatever kind you want. Tie that off with a small clear elastic.
  6. Secure the braid using small bobbypins. I like to put a bobby pin in every inch and a half to make sure it really stays put.

You can accessorize this with a rosette for added texture as you see in the top photo. The one we used was from Forever 21 a long time ago, but we found some good ones HERE, HERE + HERE. Good luck! Show us your buns on twitter!!!


post + design by Kristin Ess

There aren’t enough bows in this world if you ask me and thanks to these little gems being a girly-girl just got a whole lot easier! Remember the top photo from when Lauren wore her hair in a bow on Jimmy Kimmel? It was a really fun hair style to create, but it takes a long time to get the hair formed into a perfect bow shape, especially if you have thick hair like she does. Many of you asked if there was a quick way to get the look. Well, wish granted! These bows were made to clip right in. You can put your hair half up, in a ponytail or in a bun and finalize the look with a hair bow in your color. I think these are pretty amazing… and may or may not have just ordered one of each color for my kit.


In this beautiful world of buns + top knots, we’re always searching for ways to mix it up. Today’s DIY helps us do just that! Making hair jewelry can be really fun & it’s very likely that you’ll have most of these supplies already at home! You can take apart an inexpensive multi-strand chain necklace that you don’t wear anymore, or if you don’t have that you can go to a bead shop where they sell chain and necklace making supplies. Here’s how I created this golden goodness:

TOOLS: Wire cutters, flat-head pliers, thin gold wire, strands of necklace chain, a brass loop, a small hair comb + a bobby pin that matches your hair color. (FYI, all of the metal used here can be found at a bead store if you don’t have a necklace to take apart at home!)

  1. Open the brass loop.
  2. String your first chain on to the loop.
  3. Continue stringing chain until you have as many as you want on there. I only used 4.
  4. Use your flat-head pliers to close the brass loop back up.
  5. Slide your bobby pin through the brass loop.
  6. Cut your chains using your wire cutters. I cut each one about half an inch longer than the next. That way they have a draped look and fall about half an inch apart!
  7. Cut a piece of thin wire. You want to cut the wire about 3 times the length of your comb so you have enough to wrap. (see photo)
  8. Wrap your piece of wire around the first prong of your comb. I wrapped it three times to make sure it stays put! After you wrap it, tighten it using your flat-head pliers.
  9. String your shortest chain on the first loop.
  10. Now wrap your wire around the top of your comb and back under. Loop it around once or twice.
  11. Continue stringing your chain and then looping the wire around. You’ll want to go from shortest to longest so that the longest chain will hang the lowest.
  12. Once you’ve finished stringing your chains, tighten it off with flat-head pliers.



photos: Nookie A/W ’12 Lookbook post designed by Kristin Ess

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, hair hustlers! Since pretty much nobody enjoys thinking about blowing out their hair on a random wednesday night, it feels like a great time to talk about NOT blowing out your hair. I ran across this gorgeous lookbook from Nookie while browsing the www, so I had to share it with you guys! I couldn’t help but notice that this model’s hair was repping days 2, 3 and 4 of a blow out in the most amazing ways. This post will be a great visual for someone who’s learning to extend the life of their blowdry. Here are some step-by-step suggestions to go with the images above… (more…)