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Ponytail + bun = a killer hybrid hairstyle

Is it a ponytail? A bun? It's both, it's neither, and it's far more. According to our calculations, this combination of classic ponytail, styled into an unexpected bun and featuring some subtle braiding, equals our new favorite way to wear our hair up, while still leading the hairstyle fashion pack.

Here's how you can create the hybrid look yourself!

The braided ponytail bun: a breakdown

Step one: Start with healthy hair

You'll need healthy and voluminous lengths to create this look. We recommend regular visits to the salon for treatments tailored to your hair concerns, and why not use L'Oréal Professionnels 'Style My Hair' simulator to discover exactly what style and color suits you . To get here in really good condition, so you can do anything you want to it, check out the Serie Expert Powermix masks. From under-nourished to limp, dry or color-faded hair, there's a Powermix mask for you.

Step two: How to achieve a matte texture

Ultra-shiny styles are more for summer, while textured matte looks are ideal for fall/winter. The Wild Stylers Next Day Hair hairspray, a favorite of celebrity hairstylist, Anh Co Tran, is ideal for this: its micro-powder blends into dry hair to instantly give a voluminous, matte appearance, ready for you to style your hybrid ponytail-bun.

Step three: An ultra-thick demi-braid

You might not see it at first, but this style requires an element of braiding to create the dense ponytail/bun effect. Tie hair into a low ponytail, then loosely braid (messier is better) the hair, stopping halfway down the lengths.

Step four: Tuck and tousle

Take the unbraided section of your ponytail, and tuck it underneath the braid, securing invisibly into the elastic at the nape of your neck. Then, take a tail comb and deliberately remove small sections of hair from the braid, wrapping some up and around the braided bun, while leaving others free – to create a romantic, wispy effect.

Step five: Secure the look

An essential last step to any style, hairspray is especially important here to keep all those wispy sections controlled and ensure long-hold. Take a type from professional runway stylists and opt for the Infinium Pure hairspray, which is not only long-lasting but ultra-light and gentle thanks to its hypoallergenic and fragrance-free formula.

And there you have it: five simple steps for our new favorite hybrid fall style!

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