When I first spied the beautiful, sculptured chignons created by the amazingly talented John Frieda stylist Luigi Murenu backstage at the Zac Posen show, I felt mildly deflated. Why? Well, in my fine hair a bun usually ends up the size of ping pong ball. But as luck would have it, Murenu gave me a tip that’ll help transform even the thinnest, baby fine hair into a full, runway-worthy updo. The best part? It doesn’t involve a thousand bobby pins or serious backcombing.
Here’s the insider scoop: After smoothing your hair back into a ponytail, hit the tail (from elastic to ends) with a crimping iron (you know you have one hidden under your sink for those occasional ’80s parties that somehow pop up more often than you’d like to admit). Next, brush out the crimped hair so that it turns into a big pouf. This creates mega volume, so when you smooth your hair into a bun shape, it’ll be nice and full. The final touch, which I spied later on as I continued to gawk at the team of stylists madly working, is to smooth out any errant crimps by running the outside of a hot curling iron over the bun — check it out in the photo below.