There’s nothing fairly like a 90-degree day to remind you that the most popular location on the town is your neck. If you have bought shoulder-length or longer hair you understand the sensation… scorching, sticky, sweaty strands clinging to the again of your neck. And so to get cozy, your greatest choices come down to 3. You may 1) minimize all of it off (a la the Kanye lyric), 2) plop it right into a ponytail, or 3) tie it right into a bun. And there you might have it! Three options. Look, we love a messy bun as a lot as the subsequent David Beckham, and a pony is positive, however absolutely, there’s bought to be one thing else? Anything…? Bueller…?
Well, hairstylist James Pecis, who’s styled extra journal covers than we are able to depend, has a thought. It’s a little bit bit like a chignon, besides infinitely much less fussy and extra horizontal than vertical. It feels contemporary sufficient to tug you from the clutches of your ponytail binge, and straightforward sufficient to slide into the rotation, till your subsequent wash. What ought to we name this? Croissant hair? The tootsie? We’re uh…nonetheless engaged on a reputation. In the meantime, comply with alongside beneath to discover ways to roll.
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Step 1: Prep
Some excellent news for you in case you’ve bought textured or curly hair: skip this step! Everyone else: stick round. Starting with moist hair, mist a lightweight layer of texture spray throughout. James used Très Set Structure Spray from Oribe, which is a warmth activated spray-mousse hybrid. Then give your self a extremely fast, tough blow dry utilizing a paddle brush. (Seriously, don’t meander right here. The complete shebang ought to take just a few minutes.) Et voilà, you’ve bought quantity.
Step 2: Define some curls
You’ve bought two choices in case your hair is of course curly. You can work together with your curls as is, and easy on a dollop of curl defining gel to keep at bay extra frizz (wrap just a few strands round your finger as you get nearer to the entrance of your head). Or, you possibly can be a part of the blowdry group from the first step and apply some warmth to control your curls for a wavier form. James used a 1-inch curling iron to create the S-waves seen right here, however relaxation assured, “there’s no shame in using a wand or something like a Beachwaver” if that’s simpler for you, he says. Just make sure you give your self a facet half (apologies upfront to Gen Z Tiktok).
Step 3: Apply a grip
If bobby pins by no means slide down your hair and have a tendency to stay precisely the place you stick them, then seize two proper now. Gather your hair all on one facet, which must be the other facet of the place you’ve drawn your half. Slide the 2 pins into an “X” form about two inches behind your ear and two inches above the nape of your neck. If you wrestle to maintain bobby pins in place, use a tiny quantity of hairspray or powder to offer a greater grip earlier than pining. And then backcomb the world the place you’re going to safe the 2 bobby pins. Slide them on. You’re nearly completed!
Step 4: Tie it up
The best step. Just tie your hair just a few inches above your shortest layer. “If the rubber band is too far down, the hair gets too baggy and saggy for the final step,” warns James.
Step 5: And then roll
As against a multi-layered Christmas yuletide log roll, you’re in search of one massive roll right here. Roll as much as simply past the place you’ve hooked up the bobby pins, after which take two extra pins to safe the roll to the “X” pins. It would possibly take two or three tries to get it to your liking, however we have now religion! You did it!
Photographed by Alexandra Genova