2 Feb

How-to: Kristin Cavallari's Laid-Back Bun

Yes, the groundhog saw his shadow.  But here’s a reason to be happy this morning: I’m starting a new series of “how-to” posts that will cover a whole range of topics.  (Be sure to let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to see!)  Today, we’re going to learn how to mimic a chic yet laid-back updo, as seen on Kristen Cavellari.

Let me just start by saying: I am not a fan of this non-celebrity. However, I saw these pictures of her from the “When In Rome” premiere, and completely fell in love with her hair.  (Yes, I am ashamed.  But look at what I’m talking about!)

I am a California girl through and through, and nothing impresses me more than a  messy-but-not-too-messy, imperfectly perfect updo.

So, I decided to try and re-create the look and share the steps so you can try it too!

For this style you’ll need: mousse, bobby pins, a hair tie, a comb, and hair spray.

**note: updos are easiest on day-old hair, meaning hair that isn’t newly washed. (Mine was freshly washed, so my ‘do didn’t turn out quite as fabulously as it could have.  But let me assure you, this is NOT a difficult look.)

STEP ONE: Apply mousse to damp hair (this will keeping it from getting crunchy once it dries.)

STEP TWO: Blow hair dry and tease from the crown, forward.

STEP THREE: Pull hair into a low ponytail, leaving a thick strand hanging on either side of your head (above your ears.)

STEP FOUR: Twist these strands back toward your pony, and pin with bobby pins.

STEP FIVE: Grab a big chunk of hair from the center of your ponytail (about half the thickness of your hair) and twist it into a knot-like bun.  You can secure this with more bobby pins, or you can use a small elastic like I did.

STEP SIX: Take the remaining hair from your ponytail and wrap it, strand by strand around the knot-bun.  There’s no wrong way to do this!  Messiness is a key part of this look!

STEP SEVEN: Spritz with hair spray and enjoy a night out on the town!

Good luck and let me know how it goes!  Have you seen other hairstyles that you need help figuring out?  Send me a photo and I’ll see what I can do!