We're Calling It: Banana Buns Are the New Topknots

Relax, topknots aren’t going anywhere, but if you’re looking for an update (that requires no more time or skill), the banana bun is your new best friend. Named for its slightly oblong shape, this French trend has been popping up on our Instagram feeds…and into our lives (where we predict they will stay forever). Here’s how to make it work for you.

Step 1: Start with Slightly Dirty Hair 
Don’t you love when that’s a requirement for a hairstyle? (Or, if you want to try it now, spray on some dry shampoo to add texture.) OK, now grab a hair elastic and some hairpins.

Step 2: Tie and Twist It into Place
Divide your hair into three even sections. Tie back the middle piece into a low, loose ponytail. Next, wrap the section on your right over the top of the middle pony and twist the two together. Grab the remaining section and tuck it under the other two.

Step 3: Start Pinning
Using a few U-shaped pins, secure everything into place. Depending on the length of your hair and the look you’re going for, you can leave the pony as is or pin it up. And if that’s still a tad too complicated for your taste, just throw your hair into a twist and pin random sections into place so that it resembles, well, a banana. (Note: It doesn’t need to be an exact replica of the fruit. Just make sure it’s more cylindrical than your typical bun.) 

OK, now the final part: Pull a few face-framing pieces out and let gravity do its thing.

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Beauty Director

Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...