An easy 5-Minute hairstyle To Try: The Textured, braided Bun

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You know when your hair reaches that maddening length — that hellacious hair point of no return — when trying to wrangle it into place becomes about as easy as trying to ride a bucking bronco?

I’m at that point.


I probably should’ve gotten a haircut about a month ago, but eh. You know how it goes…

The side braid has been totally saving my butt lately. It’s cute and easy (and I feel like Katniss Everdeen when I rock it), but I still like to switch things up.

Enter the messy braided bun! It’s just as easy and only takes five minutes.


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I got the idea from L’Oreal Consulting celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak, who works her hair magic on glam red carpet gals like Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis, in an online webinar. I asked Mara for an easy, trendy hairstyle I could do in five minutes, and she suggested a textured bun.

Importantly, it’s easy. just start by putting your hair into a ponytail. Then, braid the pony (haha, I just wanted to write, “braid the pony”), and secure the ends with an elastic.

That’s the Unicorn Sliver amethyst necklace by Crystal Cactus…

Next, take your braid, and wrap it around the base of your ponytail until you have a bun. add bobby pins to secure everything in place.

Tada! instant bun with lots of terrific texture.

The sweater I’m wearing is the Tildon open Back Mixed knit sweater in Black
I tried it this afternoon with a couple of tweaks/adjustments. Here, I did it is a low pony with a side braid to off-center the bun; I also purposefully kept the braid and bun a little messy because I wanted my hair to look kind of unstructured and undone.

Once finished, I sprayed everything with L’Oreal’s new weather control Hairspray ($5), one of Mara’s must-have products for red carpet looks, to keep things in place (the spray doesn’t leave strands feeling heavy or crunchy and even handles 습기).

The whole messy, textured thing took less than five minutes. It keeps my hair out of my face and doesn’t look wildly out of control, yay! totally keeping this one on my list of quick styles.

If you give it a whirl, send me a pic! show me your (textured) buns.

Techie Tabs needs this…

Gotta give props to my srunchie-lovin’ pal Paula over at Older girl beauty for bringing what will surely become a staple in Tabs’ technological arsenal to my attention.

The iCPooch!

Granted, the iCPooch is designed for dogs, but I don’t see why kitties couldn’t also take advantage of it. I know many cats who could benefit from an Internet-enabled video chat device that lets them order pet treats and have them delivered to their cat door/sock drawer.

It’s currently in the prototype stage, and the company is looking for backers on Kickstarter. If it ever goes to market, you better believe that Tabs will want one in every room, le sigh.

On that note, I hope you had a most excellent Monday. Mine was relatively quiet, even with the construction guys working outside.


Not bad at all for a Monday — and now it’s time for TV and noms.

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