22 April 2010

The bun deal

As news that Botox not only freezes your wrinkles but freezes out your friends too, I’ve come to ponder over the body language of one’s beauty regime. Whilst poker straight hair suggests a woman of powerful persuasion, long waves a carefree spirit, red lipstick sex kitten, and smoky eyes moody and mysterious, a messy top knot shouts fun, fun, fun! 

Hence, it’s become my latest obsession and been officially anointed the ‘fun bun’ courtesy of the Grazia beauty desk.

Now, it’s come to my attention that the time of day has some bearing on the matter.  Come 3pm, those of us with long-hair (and there’s a fair few at Grazia) tip their head back and twist their locks into a ‘fun bun’ on top of their heads.  So many in fact, that we photographed the evidence.

Fun buns are not carefully brushed, combed and pinned into place. They are playful and random – the kind you do sans mirror when you need to wash your face or jump in the bath. ‘A couple of hours before home time, I always get the urge to have a play with makeup or hair. It’s about this time that I paint my nails or change my hair quickly – I either put it up into a bun or plait it,’ says Lauren Murdoch-Smith [pictured above] who confesses that a five minute beauty fix takes the place of a caffeine or chocolate. In fact psychologists say that pampering for a few minutes a day can act as an appetite suppressant because it fills the pleasure gap.

But fun buns are more than just boredom busters; they’re bang on trend too. At the Oscars last month, there were more giant buns and twists than we’ve seen in years. And on the catwalks we couldn’t keep up with the numerous new takes on the classic balletic bun.

Don’t have the length? We hear the too-cool-for-school Hoxton crowd are currently growing out their undercuts (so last season) and working a half-up-half down mini top knot - we’ve even spotted on SJP in the trailer for Sex in the City 2.  And you know that if Carrie’s working the trend, it’s going to be red hot!

- Annabel Jones


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