How to: Creating the coveted, French-girl-chic, banana bun

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

According to the internet, the 'banana bun' is huge in France, and is basically an oblong chignon, named for its long shape which hugs the curve of the head/neck. You can dress it up, you can dress it down --- either way, it’s so effortlessly chic, and can be achieved in just a few simple steps.

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This style looks effortless because it legitimately is. It takes just three short steps, and the less you try to control it, the better --- just embrace the imperfections, and let that French-girl energy come through.

What you'll need:

1 small elastic

3-5 bobby pins

Texture Spray

My favorite cruelty-free texturizing sprays:

Kenra Dry Texture Spray (non-vegan)

Design.Me Puff Me Spray (vegan)

  1. First, separate the hair into three sections, securing the middle section with a small elastic, placed lower on the ponytail.

  2. Twist the middle section toward the side you'd like your bun to favor, joining the two side sections into the twist, and securing in place with bobby pins.

  3. From here, your bun should start taking shape! Depending on hair length, the bun may need to be rolled into itself, or you can leave the ends loose. I like to loosely pull at the hair around the crown and through the bun to create texture, and leave any little wisps loose around the face, but it's not an exact science --- feel free to play with it!

And that's it!

This style is so versatile --- I love it for a quick, undone yet polished daytime look, maybe updated with a bold lip for a night out, but it can also be dressed up with the right accessories, or even left alone, for a beautiful, minimal bridal look. Just have fun with it, and make it yours!

As always, thanks for looking!

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