Party hair in minutes: Take matters into your own hands


Sometimes you just can’t make it in to a salon before a party, but your dress begs for a more exciting look than your everyday blowout. This romantic, side-swept bun will do the trick for all your fancy events and only looks better as it gets messier. Emma Heser, senior stylist at Cutler/Redken salon, promised us that we can whip together the style in less than 10 minutes. Here, she shows us how.

Tip: “Second day hair works best,” says Heser.

Heser’s instructions

1. Spray dry shampoo and massage it into your hair with your fingers to create texture. “This will prevent hair pins from slipping out and give your hair a little boost so it doesn’t look limp,” says Heser.

2. Section your hair. Working from the nape to the crown, backcomb each section.  To do this, start a few inches away from the scalp and tease hair toward the scalp. Don’t backcomb along your part.

3. Create your part.

4. Pull your hair back like you would a low ponytail — but don’t use a brush. Grab hair loosely with your fingers to keep the texture.

5. Bring your hair around to one side by your ear and loosely twist it into a bun shape. Tuck the ends under.

6. Insert a pin into the bun and hook it in. Add more pins around the bun until you feel it’s secure, about four.

7. Add a few pins in to neaten any hair that pokes out, though a little messiness looks better. “It’s more fun and less contrived,” says Heser.

8. Spray hair with a medium-hold hair spray. For the front, stick your fingers into the hair and then spray — this will keep the dreamy lift and ridges in your ‘do. Now you’re ready to throw on a dress and roll.


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