Hair Tutorial

The 9-step bow bun
  • 21 Aug - 27 Aug, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Summer has to be the most unpleasant season of the year. Sweat, dust, grime and pollution literally make our lives miserable. Leaving our hair all open and flowing in such a condition is the last thing one would want to do. Now, chopping off the hair length every summer isn’t an option most of us would consider. So, what’s the solution? Boring tied up bun hairstyle? Well, you can forget the boring part as hair buns are back in style and there are various chic ways in which you can tie up your hair and rock it with flair. The chicest bun trend this summer is the bow bun style. When two trends

collide, we couldn’t be happier. And when these come together in a delightfully meta way, then our work is practically done. The bow bun takes two hot styles – the top knot and the ribbon-hair look – and, as the name suggests, merges it into one super-cute, super-meta, super-tongue-in-cheek do that we’re predicting will blow up on social media very soon, if it hasn’t already. Read on to see how to recreate this (very literal) bow bun that looks way harder than it actually is.

Step # 1: Start with clean hair

Freshly washed hair provides just the right amount of fluffy grip needed for a proper updo. Start with rinsing hair with a volumising shampoo and conditioner (we like Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner) for that extra dose of natural fullness to start.

Step # 2: Prep locks with some mousse

Mousse like Nexxus Styling Mousse Plus Volumising Foam can help give strands some fullness and lift/get rid of a bit of slip, which comes in handy when creating fuller updos. A modern (read: non-crunchy) volumising version gives much-needed lift and body to strands while maintaining a smooth finish.

Step # 3: Gather hair into a high ponytail

Position a ponytail on the crown of your head, or the exact area where you want your bow bun to sit. Don’t worry about smoothing down the base of your pony just yet.

Step # 4: Secure strands with a hair tie

Tie a fabric-covered hair elastic around your ponytail base to secure. Now is the time to refine any halo frizzies or flyaways at the base with your palms, a fine-toothed comb or even some hairspray, if you desire.

Step # 5: Tighten the ponytail

Make sure your bun’s base is secure by pulling the ponytail taut. You’ll be looping the lengths around themselves in a bit, so better make sure everything is locked in place, with just a tiny amount of give for one more loop.

Step # 6: Loop hair once again into the knot

Pull the ponytail through the hair elastic one more time. Depending on how big you want the bow’s ears to be, you can either stop midway (for a smaller ribbon) or before you reach the ends (for larger loops).

Step # 7: Divide the main bump

Split the bump of your half-through loop into two. Bunch them up on either side, refining the strands to create the perfect “ribbon” on both the left and right ends.

Step # 8: Cover your middle knot

Conceal your main knot (or where your hair tie is) with the remainder of hair that’s left loose. Loop this lock over and in between your ribbon and secure the ends with a bobby pin.

Step # 9: Give your bow some fluff

Fluff up your bow by spreading out the loops and gently tugging them tighter and viola, your bow bun is all done!