French twists have been around for as long as we can remember. The look is perfect for everything from weddings and formal events to lounging around the house, but now, we've found a way to relax the traditional style even more — while still keeping it more elevated than a messy bun — and incorporate it into our everyday routine. Meet the banana bun: the loose, low hairstyle that takes your typical chignon to a whole new level of chicness.
When it comes to this look, the messier it is, the better. According to Matrix SoColor celebrity stylist George Papanikolas, it works best on second- or third-day hair. "The dirt and grit gives the hair more texture," he explained. He recommends spritzing your strands with a dry shampoo for even more texture — try Matrix Style Link Mineral Play Back Dry Shampoo ($18).
Executing the look itself is simple. Put your hair up into a loose low ponytail, using bobby pins to pin strands up and into the pony."The pony will act as an anchor to you," shared Papanikolas.
The banana bun embraces flyaways and uncooperative strands (making it fabulous for humid days when your hair just won't cooperate). The styling possibilities are endless, too: you can wear it in the middle of your head, lower down by your neck, or even to the side. After initially spotting the trend on Byrdie, we knew we had to try this for ourselves.
Keep reading to see photos of the effortlessly cool banana bun, and then check out the top beauty trends you need to know for the Spring.