Are Banana Buns the New Messy Buns? Here’s How to Create the Low-Key StyleApril 20, 2020
For those occasions when a messy bun feels too, well, messy and a French twist feels too polished, there’s the banana bun. The effortless style, which quite literally resembles the curve of a banana, involves twisting hair down the back of the head and securing it into a low, loose bun. It’s truly the perfect in-between style. It looks just as good with a T-shirt and jeans as it does with a cocktail dress, plus it’s easy to create. The banana bun is “supposed to be messy,” says New York City-based hairstylist Jasmine Burnside. “It doesn’t have to look exactly the same on everyone — it’ll be unique to your hair texture.”
Here, Burnside walks us through how to achieve the banana bun at home.
Start by creating a center part, teasing at the roots and spritzing texture spray throughout to create volume and hold.
Next, starting right above the ears, gather hair up into a twist and secure with a pin. For a soft, laidback look, leave out pieces on either side of the face.
Feed the rest of hair into the twist in two-inch sections. Secure with bobby pins along the way. Allow the hair to curve on its own — it doesn’t have to be straight or too perfect (hence the banana reference!). Apply a light hairspray like the Garnier Fructis Style Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hair Spray as you work to help keep the style in place.
When you get down to the nape of the neck, twist the remaining hair into a low side bun and secure with U-shaped pins throughout for hold. Tuck the tail into the bun if it’s sticking out.
Finish the look by securing the bun with pins and giving it a final spritz of hairspray.
Tip: If you have a lot of hair or you’re having trouble securing the style, Burnside recommends using pins that have more of a grip, like strong hold bobby pins or matte bobby pins. She especially likes the latter because they don’t reflect light and are less noticeable in the hair.