Braids, Buns, and Twists! Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles
by Christina Butcher
$15.15 on Amazon
I have long hair but I never know what to do with it besides put it in a ponytail when it gets in my way. Christina Bucher of the blog Hair Romance has book out for you DIY hair lovers called Braids, Buns, and Twists! published by Chronicle Books. The book covers pretty much all the hairstyles you will need for daily life as well as for special occasions. From cute fishnet braids to intricate up do's, this book is a beauty to browse through. It also has the most comprehensive variety of braids which has been so helpful for me to do on my 5 year old daughter.
Along with beautiful photos for each hairstyle tutorial, the step-by-step text is accompanied by illustrations to show you how to technically achieve the look, most of them by yourself! As an Asian woman, the book also features gals of every hair color too. I can't tell you how refreshing it is since most hair tutorials I have seen feature blonde women (probably because you can see the details much better with the lighter hair).
Braids, Buns, and Twists is a unique hairstyling book filled with fantastic tutorials that will up the ante on your hair styling routine. And for you future brides, you'll love the hair inspiration for yourself and your bridesmaids.
Messy High Bun
From Braids, Buns, and Twists! by Christina Butcher
Look like you had the best night of your life and just woke up in Paris with the messy high bun. In fact, the lazier you are, the easier this style is—the dirtier your hair, the better the messy high bun will look! If your hair is squeaky clean, use a texturizing powder
or sea salt spray to mess it up before starting this hairstyle. It’s a look that embraces flyaways, so bear that in mind with whatever your plans are. This is a great casual hairstyle, but not necessarily ideal for more formal or work occasions.
Ideal Hair Length
Hair Extensions Needed?
This hairstyle looks effortless because it is! There’s therefore no need to go over the top with accessories. A headband or thin ribbon can help to adorn this bun, but keep it simple and chic.
The messy high bun is even easier to do if you have naturally curly or wavy hair, and is perfect in second-day hair. The messy bun can also be worn low on the nape of the neck, or to the side.
What You Need
• Dry shampoo
• Hair donut
• Hair elastic
• Bobby pins
• Hairpins (optional)
1. Spray dry shampoo onto your hair to give it some texture and body. You want the finished style to look loose and relaxed, so don’t brush your hair. Use your fingertips to gather all your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Place the hair donut at the base of your ponytail.
2–3. Backcomb your ponytail to create even more mess and texture.
4. Gently twist your ponytail and curve it around the base of your ponytail to form a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place. If your hair is thick or curly, try using hairpins for a stronger hold.
5. Pull some pieces of hair loose around your face and at the nape of your neck to give this style a “lived-in” look.
Dry shampoo is the perfect styling product for creating this hairstyle, whether your hair is clean or dirty. It absorbs oil at the roots of your hair and adds a matte texture to the midlengths and ends.
Disclaimer: The hair tutorial is posted with permission from Chronicle Books.