What does a web conference, fitness class, and first date have in common?
You’d want to attend it looking chic – effortlessly so – in a I-woke-up-like-this-and-yeah-I-look-gorgeous way.
While we know the no-makeup makeup look would do the trick for your face. What do you do with your hair?
Enter the “banana bun” hairstyle, a messy, elongated bun seen on many models and celebs that screams “sophisticated but didn’t try too hard”. While the hairstyle has been worn for a long time now, recent measures to stay home and work from home globally have made this look more popular than before.
Think of it as the cooler sister of the elegant chignon, and is doable with just hair ties or pins, some hairspray or gel, and a few minutes of your time!
Read on to find out how to create this super simple look that may just become your next go-to hairstyle.
Here are two Youtube tutorials we love.
These two tutorials give you an idea of how to create the basic banana bun shape, but you can own the look by picking out pieces you want to loosen to frame your face in a flattering manner. If you want the hairstyle to last, use hairspray to fix it in place.
Feeling extra fancy? Here are some accessories and products that’ll jazz up this simple yet chic look even more.
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel
Emulate the effortlessly shiny, moisturised strands of rich kids like the name suggests and massage a little through your hair before tying it up. The lightweight gel adds texture to your hair, which helps it look even better in the hairstyle.
Retails on Sephora for SGD43.
Living Proof Style Lab Flex Hairspray Styling & Finishing Spray
This medium hold hairspray holds all the right strands in place without looking heavy or feeling crunchy, so your bun stays in place all day.
Retails on Sephora for SGD35.
While others are rocking statement earrings or necklaces, add a point of interest to your hair with eye-catching hair pins. For a formal and refined look, pearls and gold are always a safe bet, but if you’re heading out for a girl’s night, try a more colourful option.
Alternatively, channel your inner K-Pop star (like Jennie from Blackpink) and wear multiple of the same hair pins at the same time for an editorial-worthy look!
Copy the chic Parisiennes and repurpose smaller satin or silk scarves by tying them around the base of your bun for instant glamour that actually only took a few seconds!
Shop this one from Pomelo for SGD9.
Juxtapose fine hair with chunkier hair ties like scrunchies to add texture! Plus, there are endless options to choose from: opt for these simple, silk ones (SGD60 for three) from Slip (psst, read our review of the Slip Silk Scrunchies first!) for a school or work-appropriate look, or go all out with an animal print one from Pomelo (SGD9).