It's Official: Banana Buns Are the Hairstyle All Over Instagram

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Rolling out of bed with the perfect head of tousled locks would be ideal. Unfortunately, that doesn't actually happen as much as we would like. Luckily, there is an easy alternative: banana buns. According to our Instagram feeds, everyone's going for "messy" and "easy" hairstyles, and one style they are gravitating toward is the banana bun.

Unlike high-maintenance sock buns that were popular back in 2013, the banana bun is an über-chic low-slung hairstyle that takes but a couple of minutes to re-create. Think of the banana bun as basically a messier take on the French twist that sits low on your neck. Just roll up your hair, pop in some bobby pins, and you’re set with this chic, stylish and effortless look. So why is this chignon/messy bun hybrid coined the banana bun? While we can't say for certain, it is likely due to the bun's shape, which is slightly longer and more vertical than your typical twist.

To get a better glimpse at the Parisian-girl equivalent to the ponytail, keep on reading for our favorite varieties of the banana bun.

Casual Banana Bun

This is a style with serious ease. For a similar look, pull hair into a low ponytail, and roll the end into a bun, pinning it loosely into place. Further hold your perfectly undone bun in place with a loose hold hair spray like R+Co's Outerspace Flexible Hairspray ($32).

Natural Curls

Sweep your natural hair into a chic banana bun and let your curls flow freely up front. For an added touch, slide in pretty pins like Free People's She's a Wildflower Hair Clips ($24).

Face-Framing Layers

Weekend hair at its finest, the banana bun looks all the better with a few face-framing layers tousled about. Create the bun using a similar approach to the above, but pin it throughout the bun for a more chic end result. Try applying Living Proof's Full Thickening Mousse ($29) to the roots for added volume at the crown.

French-Girl Chic

Do as our friends in France do and turn the classic chignon on its side for a more modern take on the old-school bun. To keep your bun from slipping, add some Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) to the roots for volume and extra hold.

Thick Strands

If your hair is thick, don't let that deter you. More hair in the bun will help you get the desired shape. Secure with a Silk Slip Scrunchie ($39 for 3) to keep any creasing at bay.


Strands that are on the finer side aren't left out from trying out this trend. If you think your hair will have a tough time staying in place, try teasing it a bit with DryBar's Texas Tease Teasing Brush ($18) before pinning it down.

Polished Low Bun

If you're into the overall messy look of this style, but prefer a more polished finish, you can always top your strands off with hair oil. For a final look that's both glossy and sleek, spread some of Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil ($40) evenly throughout.

Wavy Low Chignon

Add even more texture to your look by wearing your hair in a loose braid beforehand. This way, you'll have soft waves ready to go before wrapping your hair into a banana bun. And If you're feeling especially lazy, twist your curls into an express banana bun and pop in a large claw clip (we like the Couture Jaw Clip by France Luxe, $44) to hold it in place.

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