A year of lockdown has changed our haircare routines immeasurably. Where once we would have spent hours on a Saturday morning tonging our hair into perfectly wavy perfection before meeting up with pals, we’re now after something more slicked back and simple. The snazzy blow-dry is out; the minimalist bun is in.
But if you’re looking for a way to elevate your messy top-knot into something a bit more polished, we spotted the sleekest of buns on the BAFTAs red carpet on 11th April, and we got the exclusive expert tutorial on how to recreate the look at home.
Pieces of a Woman star Vanessa Kirby dazzled in a long, fitted metallic dress by Versace, wearing perfectly winged eyeliner and her blonde hair pulled back into seamless, silky bun. In fact, Vanessa has officially made the ‘gloss bun’ *the* hair trend we’ll all be recreating for our post-lockdown reunions.
Session stylist Halley Brisker was the celebrity hairstylist behind the look, using nothing but a pair of straighteners (Halley used the BaByliss Cordless 9000 Straighteners), some hair serum, an invisible hair net and some pins (which are cheap to buy on Amazon).
Here’s Halley’s expert guide on how to get the gloss bun look at home…
- Begin with clean, dry or damp hair and add your favourite preparation styling product for your hair type, and dry in if necessary.
- Create a clean middle parting and straighten your hair, ensuring consistent texture from roots to ends throughout the head. Take your time to get this step perfect. For Vanessa’s BAFTAs look, I used the BaByliss Cordless 9000 Straighteners. I took tiny sections, gently pressing and running the straightener over the hair to create a sleek and flawless base.
- Use a glossing serum to achieve a glassy but flexible look. Apply small pumps consistently from roots to ends, by first rubbing in to palms and distributing throughout in sections. Don’t worry about getting this ‘perfect’, just focus on making sure it feels and looks saturated. Then brush through from your parting downwards, to make sure the product is evenly dispersed.
- Choose the placement of your bun so it’s around the middle of your head – not high like a top-knot and not as low as a chignon at the nape of your neck. Tightly comb or brush hair back into a ponytail, ensuring your grab and grip give a tight pull on your temples. I hold hair in place using bungee hooks which are great for doing tight ponytails on your own hair – I highly recommend these over standard hair ties. Make sure you wind them around as far as the elastic will allow before anchoring the second hook.
- Take an invisible hair net for chignons and anchor this at the base of your ponytail with a small grip before enveloping the ponytail inside it. Don’t be tempted to skip the net – the gloss bun couldn’t take its tight, sleek form without it as they allow shape work in the finish (plus, they keep stray hairs from popping out all over the place).
- Once ready and inside the net, you can freely twist and bend the hair into various shapes and pull throughs before securing with U-shaped pins that tuck away neatly. There is no correct shape for this bun; it’s about allowing the hair you have to dictate what shape it would like to take while you bend and twist it into the head in the prettiest way possible.