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How To: Style a Celebrity-Inspired Bun

Tue, 9 September 2014 8:30AM

Of all the updos, the bun is a beauty classic, perhaps because there are so many possible twists on this ever-chic look. Super-stylist Anthony Nader talks us through how to style three incarnations, as spotted recently on the red carpet.

Katie Holmes


It’s a donut – but lighter and fluffier than last year’s batch. Call it the cronut. “This is the perfect look for quickly taking your hair from the office to out,” says Nader, who recommends using a medium-sized paddle brush to help position hair into a crown-high ponytail. “Use the same brush to lightly back-comb texture and volume into the ‘tail,” he continues. Next, pop in a hair donut. Just make sure not to wrap hair too tightly over the donut, says Nader. “Remember, you don’t want anything too structured. Sure, you need a few pins to keep the bun in place, but from the outside it needs to look soft. You can also pull a few bits and pieces out of the bun to mimic Katie’s look here, and to keep everything modern and fresh.” Finally, set it all in place with a mist of light-hold hairspray.

Jaime King


This twisted roll, atop a super-smooth surface of hair, is an edgy take on a ballerina bun. For the sleekest result, Nader advises starting out with damp hair. “Take a blob of straightening lotion and work it through hair,” he says. “Then rough-dry to about 80%, before clipping the hair into a top and bottom section. Blow-dry each one smooth using a large paddle brush with lots of bristles, which will give you more control. Once dry, hit the cool-shot button and direct hair back away from face, to sort out any cowlicks and ensure a flawless finish.” Nader next recommends taking a smaller paddle brush and using it to scoop hair up and back to where you want to position your bun. From here, tie a ponytail. “Now get a few drops of a lightweight serum,” continues Nader, “and glide it over the scalp, and through the ‘tail, from base to tip. All you now do is twist the ‘tail around itself, until it forms a knot, and wind the ends of the ‘tail around the base on the bun, securing everything here with fringe pins.”

Olga Kurylenko


This twirled braid is ideal for prettying up second- or third-day hair, notes Nader. “Start off by spraying in dry shampoo, as this will not only soak up some excess scalp oil, but also give hair extra texture,” he says. “Use your fingers to next scrape hair back to the centre of the back of your head – not worrying about any free-falling pieces as they will frame your face beautifully – and tie it up.” Nader advises using a bungee grip here over a regular elastic; “while the look is loose and carefree, it needs a sold foundation to keep it in place all day or night long,” he explains. “And bungee grips are the most secure way to keep a ponytail locked in.” Now, plait a soft ponytail, and tie the ends with a clear snag-free elastic. “Wind the braid around and around the base of the ‘tail, pinning it in with rippled bobby pins,” says Nader. “Again, don’t worry about any bits of hair that fall out – this will just make the look all the more romantic.”


Tell us, Primpers, which is your favourite bun?

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  • Posted by: Miss Makeup Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 09:18am

    I love both Katies and Jamies. A low sleek bun is my go-to when i’m having a bad hair day.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 09:31am

    I like the twirled braid bun, like the wispy hair framing the face.
    These would be good to wear in the warmer weather to keep hair off the neck.

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 09:42am

    Im not very good with bobby pins and with my hair being so fine it just doesnt seem to like buns at all and they fall out within half an hour so i gave up and tend to sweep my hair up into a clip instead.
    I would love to master any one of these buns.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 10:20am

    I actually like Katies bun the best here.

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 11:16am

    I like Katie’s bun best. I don’t like my updos too sleek. A bit messy and undone is how I prefer it.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 02:02pm

    I love a bun but my hair just refuses to stay up in a bun longer than an hour or so :(!

  • Posted by: Maggie Ball // Tue, 9 September 2014 05:20pm

    These buns look beautiful – I like them so much better than last year’s huge one.

  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 05:59pm

    I like Katies best and I also like the twisted braid – I like a few strains out at the front – I don’t like everything pulled back into the bun. It’s great in the hot weather to be able to style your hair in a bun … unfortunately my buns never look quite this stylish!

  • Posted by: Claire88 Master Fan // Tue, 9 September 2014 10:51pm

    I like Katie’s bun the best. I like them a little bit messy and not too formal looking.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 10 September 2014 09:33am

    I love the braided bun but my favourite is definately the good old donut, I’m wearing one today as I do most days for work, but I like the softer approach to it like Katie Holmes one, I might give it a go :)

  • Posted by: brookieliz Master Fan // Wed, 10 September 2014 09:52pm

    I like Katie and Olga but I could never recreate it, my hair just does not like doing a bun :/

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Wed, 10 September 2014 10:20pm

    I like Katies bun.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Sun, 14 September 2014 06:28pm

    Most of my buns are low effort. I like this though

  • Posted by: Lauren-1339916162 Master Fan // Mon, 15 September 2014 03:50pm

    I like Olga’s bun. It looks like how I wish mine would look. Not too neat but not all messy

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 17 September 2014 09:57pm

    When I do a bun, it’s usually like the Katie Holmes picture

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Sun, 28 September 2014 09:10pm

    I love the first and the third. Buns are great!

  • Posted by: Bronwyn Giblin // Wed, 1 October 2014 03:14pm

    It’s so nice to have my hair up for spring. Thanks for the style tips

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Mon, 13 October 2014 01:57am

    Katie’s because it’s more achievable haha. My hair is thick, coarse and heavy so pinning it up like Jamies will make my head rather heavy I imagine.

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Mon, 20 October 2014 11:18am

    I dont actually like any I prefer a low bun

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Wed, 11 February 2015 03:45pm

    I love Katie’s & Olga’s. Great looks

  • Posted by: beccha77 Master Fan // Sat, 2 May 2015 08:41pm

    The Donut is my favourite Bun style. It can look very lady like. Very loose and lovely.

  • Posted by: Daria Master Fan // Wed, 10 June 2015 04:23pm

    Very cool and classic.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 28 June 2015 11:09pm

    I like these bun styles, I wear a messy bun occasionally, love it.

  • Posted by: gsara Enthusiast // Mon, 24 August 2015 03:33pm

    messy bun – like the first or third

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Mon, 15 February 2016 11:30pm

    Jamie’s bun is so sleek and elegant.

  • Posted by: MelissaFay89 Master Fan // Sun, 28 February 2016 11:51am

    I love a good bun. So versatile

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