This season’s new bun

Before Kate Mara chopped all her hair off this year, she was an avid supporter of the half-up, half-down bun ‘do. Smart but casual, effortless but totally chic, it’s the perfect look for any occasion. We reveal how you can embrace the style and make it your own this season.

Short hair

Even if you’re rocking a crop right now, the half-up bun is still within your grasp. Miley Cyrus was spotted with a tiny bun gracing the top of her super-short hair. Add some texture to the bun part by backcombing slightly, then twist up and secure with a very thin elastic in the same colour as your hair. You need this to blend in or else the look won’t work. Keep the rest of your hair slick and straight.

Medium-length hair

If your hair currently reaches somewhere around your shoulders, this is a brilliant look for you. Make like Kate and wear your hair slightly wavy. This works particularly well if your locks are fairly fine and you worry that scraping half of them up into a bun will make them look even thinner. If your hair is thicker, you can get away with keeping it straight around your face. And if your fringe is growing out, incorporate it into the bun to keep it out of your face.

Long hair

If you have long hair, really embrace the hippy feel of this look. Keep hair tousled in beach waves, then scoop some up onto the top of your head and secure with a clip or elastic. If you want to channel the 90s vibe, use a scrunchy – a patterned one adds a fun element to a daytime look.

If your hair is very thick and long, you might need to do a bit more to keep the bun in place. Twist it tightly and secure with an elastic, then add bobby pins underneath for extra hold. Finish off with hairspray.

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