How-To: A Fresh Update on the Lauren Conrad Bun

We all know the real reason for a bun: the on-trend look hides a bad hair day with next to no work. But before you rake your locks into a messy topknot, consider a more-polished version. Vogue calls this smoother rendition—often showcased by stars like Lauren Conrad—a Ballerina Bun. The twisted, higher-than-most knot works as easily for work as it does for a night out. Which is exactly what Two Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs wore to last night’s TrevorLive charity event in Los Angeles. It turns out, it’s really easy to copy.

Hairstylist Aviva Perea says the trick to getting a smooth finish is brushing your locks up section by section and securing with flat clips until you’re ready to grab an elastic. “If you try to do it all at once you’ll end up with lumps and it's harder to manage,” Perea says. Polished, however, doesn’t mean boring. Once you have a smooth, high pony, divide the length into two sections to create the twisted texture. “I wrapped the first section around the base of the pony and secured with hair pins, then I did the same with the second section, making sure to shape the knot as I pinned it in place.” Perea used a clean mascara wand coated in Alterna’s Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18) to tame flyaways, then gave all of Behrs’ locks a heavy dose for hold.

If you’re curious about Behrs’ bright lipstick, makeup artist Adam Breuchaud used M.A.C.’s Retro Matte Lipstick ($15) in Dangerous, the shine-free version of celeb-favorite Lady Danger.