Hair Tips for The Holiday: The Braided Bun Blend from Boston Salon Owner

Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston just shared with us some good news for braid and bun lovers: they no longer have to choose between the two! For those preparing for holiday parties, a high school reunion or even a girl’s night out, it’s time to cue the braid bun blend.

With the popularity of the fishtail braid and sock bun, it is no secret that braids and buns are enjoying the spotlight in the hair world; but trust us, the star power is even stronger when you combine the two styles. Oh and did we mention it’s a side bun? Nothing says classy and fabulous like a side bun! To help you achieve the perfect balance between the two, Mario Russo has compiled step-by-step instructions for this new look for your locks.


How to Create the Braid Bun Blend

Step 1: Begin by blow-drying wet hair to its smoothest state by utilizing a boar bristle brush. For added volume, we recommend using Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray.

Step 2: Part hair slightly off to the side and begin to French braid the hair starting from the temple of the side with less hair. Continue to braid hair all the way around your head until you reach the spot just beneath the ear on the other side. Once you have reached this point, tie the end of the braid with a clear elastic.

Step 3: Take the side of the hair that has not yet been braided, and use a curling iron to curl the hair away from the face. Make sure to keep these curls loose so they look wavy, and beachy. For even more texture on this side, we recommend using Oribe Texturizing Spray.

Step 4: Take a few random pieces from the curled side and form a loose twist over the ear. This is the ear that’s opposite the side of the head where you started your braid.

Step 5: Begin to twist the curled side of your hair and the end of the braid around each other to form a very loose side bun. Secure with bobby pins.

Step 6: The look should be very whimsical and loosely secured. Fasten your bun with bobby pins and finish with shine hairspray like MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray.