Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet? This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.
The number one question I get on my blog, Loftiss Says…, is always: “How do you do that fabulous Big Bun?” I’ve waited for the perfect moment to show you my beauty secret. I asked my friend Vann at the Varin Salon to show me his tricks for achieving this look to share with Birchbox readers!
You definitely need to use a hair donuts for this look. I have really long hair, but it definitely wasn’t thick enough to make this powerhouse style. Now, my secret is to use TWO donuts.
1. To create a messy bun, put the donut around your ponytail and roll down (this is the same thing you should do for a sock bun). For a more polished look though, try wrapping the hair around it. Let me show you how!
2. Everything always starts with teasing the hair. Section by section, use your teasing comb and make your ponytail as fat as you can. This is all prep work so don’t worry, there’s no way you can mess this up.
3. Now, slip the donuts onto the ponytail and smooth the top layer of the ponytail down. It will still be teased but you don’t want it to look like a wig. Hint: Teased hair is like Spandex. You don’t want to see what’s underneath!
Important: Separate your ponytail into two or three different sections. Wrap one section around the donut to the right and wrap the other side around to the left. (Personally, I do three sections and make the last one the blonde streak that I want to highlight in the bun. This will make this look seem professionally done compared to being thrown up in a hurry.)
This is how it looks from the front with section one wrapped—it’s very smooth.
You’re almost done! Both section one and two are wrapped. If these are the only sections you have, you should not be able to see the donut anymore. You can see how we left a third section out, this is just decorative. Just brush through so the teased part is underneath and spread out the blonde (or whatever color you want to highlight) on top!
Ta-da! The completed look.
Do you have a technique that you use to create a giant sock bun like this? Tell me in the comments!
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