Celebrities have been wearing classic hair styles like the french twist and the low-set bun for ages, so how does one create a formal style that also looks modern and fresh?
The updos we are seeing on the red carpet right now have a twist… literally. Stylists to the stars are twisting hair, braiding hair, knotting hair and messing up hair in ways they never have before, and it’s the perfect way to boost a classic updo to more than just a hairstyle.
Top knots have been super popular this year, both on the runway and the red carpet. A top knot is simply a bun set up high on the top or at the crown of the head. Many people even add hair extensions or hair pieces into the bun to create more bulk, and thus, a bigger bun.
At a recent fashion show, TV personality and fashion designer Lauren Conrad showed up with a completely new version of a top knot- which happened to be not so new at all, but actually retro. Her “top knot” was not so much a bun as a flattened, wide swoop or twist of hair set and secured carefully on top of the crown (see pics in slideshow above.) The look was straight out of the 40s; it looked classic and sophisticated, but also youthful and totally fresh. She set off the retro style perfectly with bright red lipstick and strong liquid eyeliner.
Kelly Osbourne and Marsha Thomason altered their top knots by twisting the hair around itself rather than creating a large bun. The tight twisting makes a taller, more narrow shape, and is not for everyone, but is fashionable for going out or for anyone with a bold style sense.
The low-set bun is a go-to hairstyle. So to give it a little boost, try these ideas: Mary J. Blige’s stylist secured her hair into a low ponytail, then created several braids. Then, the braids were secured into a bun. The braiding created a textured, more intricate look for Blige’s performance that night. Another idea? Set the bun over to the side, and switch up the part. Place the bun low on one side instead of in the center of the nape, and leave some pieces loose or a bit messy-looking. Or try twisting or braiding the hair to add some texture. And try different parts (center, side, deep side, jagged or criss-cross) to see which you like the best and which complements your face and style best.
The classics we’re all used to will never go “out of style,” but there are always new tricks and tweaks you can add or adjust to give your hair and your image a boost of freshness and sophistication.