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The half bun: 9 ways to wear the hairstyle of the moment


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High temps mixed with crazy humidity is a great formula for hair disasters. But the return of a ’90s hair trend may help you manage the summer heat.

Reintroducing—the half bun.

While it won’t save your sweaty neck, the casual-chic look will keep your hair out of your face, says Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Sunnie Brook. “It’s a great option if you don’t like wearing your hair all the way up and enjoy having a bit of length around your face,” she says. And it may be the easiest style to DIY, ever.

How to do it: “This look takes less than a minute and looks better the more messy texture you add to it. If you have slippery straight hair, use a texture spray to create a bit more texture,” Brook advises. “If you have a shorter face, opt for the ‘mini’ version by taking a smaller section of hair from temple-to-temple and sitting the knot high on the head. If you have a longer face or narrow forehead, pull the knot from ear-to-ear to the back of the head, verses the top.”

Need a little styling inspiration? Check out these shots of fashion mavens and celebs rocking the look, and then try sporting the trend from gym to work to dinner.

Originally posted August 3, 2015. Updated June 23, 2017.

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Ready to take it up a notch? Try out boxer braids—the cool-girl workout ‘do that’s taking over instagram. And no matter how you wear it, you’ll want to wash with one of these editor-approved, all-natural shampoos and conditioners.