Half-done hair was one of the biggest hairstyle trends in 2015. At the very top of “meh hair” looks? The half top knot, a 30-second mini bun (or ponybun if you’re really lazy) secured to the tippy top of your head while the rest of your (unbrushed) locks remain down. A major benefit of this style — we mean besides it being quick and effortless — was the height it provided, instantly elongating the face. With just a swipe of lipstick and a fast brow brush, you could look night-out ready. Not so in 2016, at least when it comes to this latest — and totally unexpected — half-up hair trend ala Katy Perry and her Bump-It at this year’s Golden Globes.
The bouffant is back. Oogled on French babe Bridget Bardot in the ’60s and most recently popularized in pop culture by Snookie and Adele, the ultra stylized, retro-inspired look seems to be the most of-the-moment way to “half up” your hair. And since the volumized style has already made several appearances on the Spring ‘16 runways, like the modern braided bouffants at Daniel Silverstain and the Hairspray-inspired ‘dos at Maison Margiela, it’s safe to say we’re just starting to see the first bumps of the season.
While the sleek, mod-girl version of a bouffant isn’t particularly five-minute-hairstyle friendly, it can be hacked. Check out our three favorite ways to breeze through a bouffant hairstyle — hair curler + hairspray totally optional.
The French Girl Bouffant: Tease, Twist + Pin
Minimal teasing is required for this Bridget Bardot-inspired hairstyle. Hack extra volume up top and create a cascading, waterfall-like effect by twisting and pinning your hair at the crown (via Brit + Co)
The Crown Braid Bouffant: Braid + Bump Up
For a glam way to wear second-day hair, try this braided bouffant featuring a fishtail crown braid that can camouflage greasy bangs. To get that retro bump, simply tease the crown of your hair before securing the braids in back. (via Beautylish)
The Bouffant Bun: Topsy Tail Roll + Tease
This elegant low bun is easier to DIY than it looks. Just rely on your favorite ’90s ponytail — the Topsy Tail — to create a voluminous roll at the nape of your neck, then tease the top layer of your hair. A quick twist-and-tuck will bring the top and bottom layers together seamlessly. (via Hair and Makeup by Steph)
Tweet us @britandco your favorite ways to wear your hair half up, half down!
(Featured photo via Beautylish; photos via Jason Merritt + Desiree Navarro/Getty)