Celebs twist their hair high, but some miss the mark (sorry, Julianne Hough!)
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!”
FLAT COLOR AND SMALL BUN #FAIL
“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.
SUPER TIGHT OFF CENTER #FAIL
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.