Win Date Night With This Perfectly Undone Bun

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Article by Lauren Smith from BirchBox    Hair created by Marshall Lin 

It’s Saturday night, you have a reservation at the new restaurant, a killer dress that you definitely rented—and absolutely no idea how to wear your hair. A low, texturized bun is easy to pull off and has that effortless I-tried-but-not-too-hard vibe. To perfect the purposely unpolished style, we went to the Frederic Fekkai salon in SoHo to get stylist Marshall Lin’s tips (he’s worked with celebs like Selena Gomez so we totally trust him). Here’s how to get the look for your big night out:

What You’ll Need:

A dry shampoo like Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo
A smoothing serum like Fekkai PrX Reparatives Mending Elixir
A flexible-hold hairspray like Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray
A 1 ½-inch curling iron
A hairdryer
A hair brush
A hairband
A clear elastic
Bobby pins

Get the Look:

Separate hair into five vertical sections and curl the bottom pieces with a 1 ½-inch barrel iron or wand for 3 to 5 seconds to give hair volume.

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Spray hair with the dry shampoo to give it texture. Rake fingers through hair to separate curls and rub the elixir into the ends to add shine.

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Separate the section around your part that you consider your bangs and pull hair straight out. Blow dry flat for 30 seconds (this will give bangs volume and a natural swoop), then mist hair all over with the hairspray.

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Comb through bangs (if you have them) or shorter layers to let front pieces fall naturally, then pull the remaining hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and secure with a hair tie.

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Separate your pony into a top and bottom section. Pull and tighten only the bottom section so the top is loose and full of volume.

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Take a one-inch piece of hair from the bottom of your ponytail and wrap it around the hair tie to conceal it, using a bobby pin to secure in place.

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Then twist the ponytail clockwise, using a clear elastic to secure it at the ends. Spray the twisted ponytail with the dry shampoo and, using your thumb and pointer finger, rub your fingers together on the twist to give hair texture.

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Wrap your texturized ponytail around the hairband at the nape of your neck and use your remaining bobby pins to secure the bun in place.

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Don’t be afraid of letting hairs hang down to give it a messy feel. Finish the look with a spritz of hairspray.

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