Hair how-to: the bird’s nest bun

Back when it appeared on the Lanvin spring 2010 runway, we termed it a birds-nest topknot that’s Hitchcock heroine meets modern-day bedhair; and, as 2011’s hair trends continue to evolve it’s the type of topknot that’s come out on top (pardon the pun). Why? It can still be a little wispy, a little messy; but it’s elegant. Thus, it’s a runway hair trend that we’ve already seen translated to the red carpet.

Chanel carried the look over to pre-fall 2011, ornamented by embellished headbands.

Bird’s nest bun with headband at Chanel pre-Fall 2011

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How to create a bird’s nest topknot

At the recent 2010 Australian Film Industry Awards, we spoke to Caterina DiBiase – part of the ghd styling team, and director of Heading Out Hair, about achieving the bird’s nest bun. Caterina fondly refers to the style as the powderpuff: any oversized topknot where the hair winds around loosely to create a sophisticated yet still effortless-looking style. Caterina created the look on actress Laura Wheelright for the AFI Ceremony.

laura wheelwright afi awards

Caterina, who was working exclusively with ghd products, followed these steps:

  1. First, apply liberal amounts of ghd maximise mousse to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair.
  2. Blast with a hairdryer to dry the mousse into the hair.
  3. Pull the hair up into a very high ponytail on the top of the head.
  4. Divide the ponytail into several sections then tease each section with a comb, creating lots of volume and texture (it should look a little crazy right now so don’t be alarmed… it will soon be tamed!)
  5. Brush the ponytail out just a little bit to even out the texture, then wrap the hair around the ponytail to create a messy topknot.
  6. Secure with bobby pins all the way around.
  7. Finally, spray the hair with ghd ultimate hair spray.

For the Chanel pre-Fall 2011 version of the style, simply add a headband – and, if desired, tug out a few loose pieces of hair to create a more wispy finish.

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