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Trendwatch: The bun

Sinead Van Kampen

Published 30/03/2011 | 16:35

The bun on the catwalk at the Oscar De La Renta ss11 collection. Photo: Getty Images
The bun on the catwalk at the Oscar De La Renta ss11 collection. Photo: Getty Images

Last year's hair production was 'the braid worn messy', this year it will be 'the return of the bun'. Now girls pay attention please. Eyes a la seconde. Adagio. Arrière and breathe. Oscar De La Renta, Versace, Nina Ricci and Chloe have all been paying attention, the rest of you may go, not you Miss Portman, you go to the front of the class.

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For such a simple thing buns are tricky. Do it right and you can be dancing a demi detourné in the Dom Kochnevoy by dinner, do it wrong and you'll be pushing a pram on the way to pick up a methadone prescription before breakfast. In my experience, the former look is best, especially for those of you with sweetheart or round face shapes.

Here's what to do:

Step 1: Brush hair flat and work into a high ponytail. You can plait it if you have the length!



Step 2: Twist the hair around itself using lots of tension



Step 3: When all the hair is wrapped around and in position use strong hairdressing pins to keep it in place. In an ideal world you don't want more than two pins so Kirby Clips work best



Step 4: Get a sleeker bun by using L’Oreal’s Tec ni Art fix anti-spray



Finally, a word on what to avoid. Tutu's, lace, pumps and tight buns are out. So are chokers, leather, rooms with red lighting and buns that are too loose. The former is too ballerina and the latter too dominatrix. Wear a high bun for evening and a low slung bun for daywear. These are the rules!



Many thanks to our current Rudolf Nureyev, Jim Hatton @The Jim Hatton Salon.

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