If it’s been a while since your last hair cut, and messy buns are all you can think of, may we suggest a sleeker, model-approved alternative for your next #HOTD? This off-duty model bun brings in a modern appeal to a classic hairstyle with its middle part and slick texture.
Spotted on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Bella and Gigi Hadid, this model-approved sleek bun will help you look put together and ready to slay the day in minutes.
And it gets better—this look is best achieved working with messy, second or even third-day hair. The natural grease in your scalp will help you get the texture and feel you’re looking for, for an ideal model-off-duty look. Isn’t that the dream? However, if you’re not working with unwashed hair, we recommend using texturizing spray that will help you get the same look. But if we’re being honest, the dirtier your hair is, the better it will be to achieve this off-duty model sleek bun.
But before we jump into the how-to, here are a few things you’ll need.
- A soft boar bristle brush: it keeps your base looking sleek and without leaving any comb marks on your hair.
- Hair mousse: for added texture and body. Make sure you use a mousse that doesn’t leave your hair looking hard and crunchy, because today, we’re going for a more sleek, off-duty look.
- Hair paste, wax or pomade: avoid hair gels and opt for these options if you’re looking for a finish that isn’t too shiny.
- 2 hair ties
How to get the model off-duty bun
Part your hair down the middle, and brush out any knots, untangling your hair completely.
Take a generous amount of mousse, and apply it all over your hair from root to tip.
Next, take a quarter-sized dab of hair paste or pomade and work it in from the front of your hairline pulling all the way back. Focus on getting the paste/pomade to the sides of your head, at your temple as well as at the top of your head. If you need more, make sure to add it in a little by little.
Now that your hair has some natural hold, take a soft boar bristle brush and start combing in a diagonally-upward fashion (instead of straight or backwards) flattening any bumps along the way.
Continue this brushing technique and gather all your hair together. At this point, you can decide how high or low you want to wear your sleek bun.
With all your hair held back, you can opt to add more pomade/paste to tame any flyaways.
Once you’re happy with the position of your ponytail, take a hair tie and secure it in place, tying it as tightly as you can. If you’re looking to add more volume to your bun, add in your Luxy Hair Ponytail Extension for a fuller look at this point.
Grab your ponytail, twist it a few times, leaving the ends out, and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. These little strands that stick out of your bun help you get the real off-duty feel.
Take another hair tie and loosely tie it all together. Pull out a few more strands/hair pieces from your bun if you’re going for a more undone look.
And there you have it! A model-approved sleek bun that you can achieve in a matter of minutes. Wear this with your next sweatsuit, summer dress or even a crop-top and jeans and look like you’ve just stepped off the runway.