Celebs twist their hair high, but some miss the mark (sorry, Ju­lianne Hough!)

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Now tak­ing cen­ter stage on the red car­pet: oversize bal­le­rina buns à la Au­drey Hep­burn. “The time­less updo is sexy and so­phis­ti­cated — it ra­di­ates ef­fort­less ele­gance,” says Doug Mar­tucci, hair­styl­ist-to-the-stars and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Pror­itu­als hair care. But Mar­tucci notes that when it comes to the big bun, pro­por­tion and form are ev­ery­thing. Go too con­trived, too small or too in­tri­cate, and the style can quickly fall from #Hair­goals to #Hair­fail. His trick to a beau­ti­fully bal­anced bun: Sweep hair up loosely and se­cure with an elas­tic into a high pony at the crown’s cen­ter, then back-comb the length of the pony and tuck the ends un­der to cre­ate a ball-like shape; se­cure with pins. A fi­nal step celebs swear by: “Take a side selfie,” tips Mar­tucci. “That helps en­sure the bun size flat­ters from ev­ery an­gle!”


“Maisie Wil­liams’ per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal bangs and pulled-out pieces that are ac­tu­ally long enough to go in the bun give an un­nat­u­ral, forced fin­ish,” notes Mar­tucci. “And one-di­men­sional color causes her ’do to ap­pear life­less.” What works bet­ter: A halo-style top­knot with 3D color. “The re­laxed feel of Halle Berry’s tou­sled bun blends beau­ti­fully with feath­ery bangs for a look that’s less staged and more ef­fort­less,” Mar­tucci ex­plains. Bonus? Halle’s high­lights add depth and di­men­sion that en­hance the swirly bun style and leave a gor­geous light-re­flect­ing glow on her skin.


The twisted, braided, crown-like struc­ture on Ju­lianne Hough’s head is shoul­der­ing so much of the hair bur­den that it can’t hold it­self up­right, says Mar­tucci of the slanted style. What works bet­ter: A swept-back (read: not slicked) look like An­na­lynne Mc­cord’s. “The looser style give strands a more vo­lu­mi­nous ap­pear­ance, plus it al­lows the bul­bous bun to sit — and stay! — cen­tered at the crown,” Mar­tucci notes. His tip: Pull a few wisps out around the ear for an un­done fin­ish.


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