Regulars on the blog will know we are big fans of the thebeautydepartment.com’s whimsical, insightful hair how-to’s; they are some of the best on the Web. Kindly, they agreed to let us share, and this hot crossed bun was quick to catch our eye. It’s great because it has the shabby chic appeal of bohemia –– and it is as functional as it is fabulous. By keeping long hair off neck and shoulders, this pretty crossover keeps you cool in more ways than one…
- 1. Part hair starting at the top of crown, and go down right behind your ears. Pull those pieces forward and save them for later.
- Put hair in the back into a loose ponytail. This allows the chignon shape to sit nice and low. Optional: you can make your ponytail higher and tighter if you want it off your neck.
- Lightly tease the ponytail.
- Wrap it into a low bun and pin using large bobby pins to secure.
- Do an inside-out French braid, starting at your hairline and continuing down behind the ear.
- Braid the remaining hair all the way down and tie off with clear elastic.
- Repeat the braid on the other side.
- Gently tug the braid apart. Start at the front hairline and lightly tug each individual loop/piece until you get down to the elastic. This will “fatten” up your braid and give it more volume and texture. If pieces fall out, tuck and spray them –– or just let them fall. Your call.
- Cross the two braids over each other just above the bun and secure with bobby pins.
- Remove the clear elastics from the bottom of one braid and give a gentle but secure tease to the ends of the entwine.
- Wrap it under the bottom of the bun and secure with a strong bobby pin.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Tuck the remaining hair under the bun and secure with another strong bobby pin.
Use mirrors to check that the back and sides are balanced. Pull a couple loose pieces out around your face if you want a softer look.
A special thank you to thebeautydepartment.com for sharing their wonderful how-to’s with Style Noted.