We love a good sock bun. They’re simple, chic — and anything that lets us live our childhood dream of being a ballerina just a little is amazing in our book. This week Kate Beckinsale stepped out with the bun of all buns and we can’t stop staring. Okay, so there’s probably not an actual sock in there (professional hair stylists have donut-shaped foam cushions for this very purpose), but it sure looks like a gigantic version of the popular DIY hairstyle.
Here’s how to create the look at home, straight from the blog of hair stylist Sascha Breuer, who did Kate’s hair.
Step 1: Start by smoothing the hair with a straightener with a drop of oil to add shine and smooth the hair out even more. Breuer used Wella Oil Reflections.
Step 2: “Continue by taking one-inch sections of hair from around the crown, backcombing each section at a time from the mid lengths of your hair down to your roots, then spray each section lightly with hairspray, such as Wellaflex for flexible hold.”
Step 3: Next, lightly smooth the backcombed sections and fold them over a pinned hair cushion in the center of the head. Secure the ends of bobby pins.
Step 4: Breuer added a black headband to finish off the retro look.
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