We can usually rely on Coachella to give us a prediction of the festival beauty trends that will dominate the summer. But after taking a look at all the photos from weekend one, we noticed that one hairstyle in particular was so pervasive—seriously, it was everywhere—that we had a feeling it would go well beyond the music circuit to become one of the It 'dos of the season. Sure enough, it's now trending on Pinterest in a big way—and interestingly enough, it's actually a glorious '90s throwback.
Remember space buns? Of course you do—they were the fast-track way to channel No Doubt–era Gwen Stefani (or Baby Spice or baby Britney Spears) while you lounged on your inflatable furniture from Limited Too. And as the many (many, many) influencers who donned them at Coachella proved, it's pretty easy to put a modern spin on this nostalgia-heavy hairstyle. Pinterest users can't get enough either: Searches for the look are up 162% year over year, according to the site's analytics team.
Easy enough for anyone to throw together and endlessly versatile, space buns are exactly what you want them to be. You might go the classic route, à la the image above, by parting your hair down the middle and throwing it up into two knots. (The messy vibe seriously works for a low-key summer look.)
Or you might go the wildly popular half-up route, as demonstrated by Devon Windsor. Take it up a notch by channeling Poppy Delevingne (seen in the opening photo of this post), who threw in some French-braiding action. Another popular course of action was simply throwing some glitter on top—maybe not the most wearable option on the regular, but for Coachella (or FYF or Governors Ball or Burning Man), it's more than fine.
Our only other tip is to man yourself with some choice products to dance-proof your 'do. For starters, Invisibobbles ($8) will lock in the buns without leaving ponytail dents—a plus on a weekend when washing your hair is only a luxury. It also couldn't hurt to spritz on a little bit of flexible hair spray, like Living Proof's Flex Shaping Hairspray ($25).
The original version of this post was published on April 21, 2017.