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Va-va voom hair for a holiday party or a special event is all about volume. Instead of adding big, loose curls to your medium-length or long tresses, upgrade your party look with a big bun hairstyle instead. With a little effort and a soft doughnut ring, you can transform a ponytail into the chicest chignon at the nape or a voluminous ballerina bun worn on the top of your head.

Begin with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Prep your wet hair with mousse or a texturizing product to give your locks lift and to create texture in your hair.

Blow-dry hair with a round brush; then curl your hair with a 1 1/2- inch curling iron to create body. Rake your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls.

Brush hair with a paddle brush to smooth curls without losing body. Use your fingers to comb your strands straight back from your hairline. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head or at the nape of the neck.

Secure the hair with a covered elastic band. The hair in the ponytail should look smooth, but not super-straight or slick.

Slide the round doughnut ring over the ponytail. Pull the hair from the ponytail through the round hole of the doughnut.

Wrap and twist your hair around the ring to create a bun shape. Spread your hair down and around the ring, until you’ve covered the entire doughnut with hair.

Use small bobby pins to secure the ends of your hair into the doughnut. Finish the hairstyle, and tame flyaways, with a light mist of hairspray.


If you want to create a more voluminous bun, tease the ponytail first before wrapping it into the bun shape.

To create a seamless hairstyle, use a doughnut that is similar to your natural hair color.

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