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DIY hair Friday! Valley of the Dolls bun.

7U6A3453_2Hi all. I shot this adorable woman and tutorial this Summer and got a bit backed up on my editorial calender. This is the amazing Liz Suman rocking the Audrey Hepburn/Valley of the Dolls bun. Check out this interview with Liz Suman ( Liz Lashes), where you will have a chance to find out why I love her and why she is a OG. (Original Gangsta.)

7U6A3426_2Anyhow, this Summer, her and I and my 2 year old Jekyll/Hyde demon angel daughter Selah hung out on my back deck and played dress up and hair and watched kitty cat videos and took pictures.  Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 10.08.18 AMThe inspiration for this hairstyle was a little bit Audrey Hepburn and a little bit Valley of the Dolls.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 10.09.08 AMThis bun is a great modern spin off of a very classy 1960’s hairstyle that is charming and whimsical and can either say ‘classy lady about town’ or ‘drunken pill crazed fanatic’ and many things in between! That is why I love this bun.

If your hair is medium length, you are perfect for this hairstyle. Longer hair works too, and shorter hair can work if your hair is shoulder length or longer…….If so, get a hair rat to boost the volume in your bun;)


Valley of the Dolls bun

audryTo get this look, start by putting all the hair in a high, tight ponytail. If you have bangs, be sure to leave them down because the look great with this ‘do. After the hair is secured, divide it into 2 sections… large one, and a smaller one on one side. The larges section is goint to be your bun. The small one will be your braid. Back-comb your bun section.

Now take your bun section and roll it backwards down to the base and pin it into place. For a smooth and polished bun, use this technique. For a bigger textured and more lived-in looking bun, try this method.

Now, loosely braid your smaller section, and secure the end with an elastic. Pull the braid apart to widen it, and then wrap it gently around the front of the base of the bun and tuck the ends under the bun. Pin the braid discreetly into place.

Arrange your bangs and lady parts, and add a pretty little comb or barrette to finish the look.

Your mantra this weekend can be ‘You have to climb Mt. Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls.’

xoxo, HTHG

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