How To: Banana Bun

Written by Vishwa KhareOct 08, 2018

Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could just hop out of bed and start your day without having to spend a lot of time styling your hair? Well, thanks to the banana bun, you can do exactly that.

The banana bun is one of those easy messy hairstyles that are perfect for days when you’ve hit the snooze button a little too much and are going to end up late for work. It’s an easy alternative to buns that require time, patience, skill, and a whole lot of product. A messier version of the French twist, a banana bun sits low on your neck and requires nothing but a few bobby pins and a hair tie.

So, if you want to know how to create this French equivalent to the regular old ponytail, read on. After all, when it comes to hair, it’s only right to do as the French do.


Step 1: Make sure your hair has some texture

Step 1: Make sure your hair has some texture

In order to create the perfect banana bun, it’s important to make sure your hair is slightly dirty, or has some texture. If your hair has just been washed, but you can’t resist donning this hairstyle, you could spray on some dry shampoo.

Step 2: Tie and twist

You will need to divide your hair into three sections that are of the same size. Next, grab a hair tie and fasten the middle section into a loose, low ponytail. Then, wrap the section of hair on your right hand side over the top of the ponytail and twist them together. Once you’ve done this, grab the section of hair on the left hand side, and tuck it under the twisted hair.

Step 3: Pin it all together

With the help of a couple of bobby pins, begin pinning up your hair to make sure everything stays in place. You could either pin up the ponytail you created with the middle section of your hair, or leave it the way it is— it all depends on the length of your hair, and how you want the hairstyle to look.

Now that you know how to create the banana bun, here are a few tips to make the hairstyle more stylish than it already is:

  1. You could apply thickening mousse to the roots to add some volume at the crown.
  2. Securing the banana bun with a cute clip instead of bobby pins can make your hairstyle way prettier.
  3. If you’ve got layers, leave out the layers in the front for an extra-messy look— they’ll also help frame your face.
  4. Spray on some hairspray to make sure your bun stays put.

Image credits: All Things Hair, Spring online

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