By Joely Walker
It was a love-at-first-sight kind of romance with this amazing vintage bun backstage at Temperley on Saturday. At first I thought it was far too out of my league, Im not great at doing buns on myself at the best of times, and this looked like a complex and wonderful creation that was beyond my capabilities.
Then hair guru Malcolm Edwards talked us through the inspiration and creation. Inspiration Hitchcock but a little more fierce and nasty. Amazing I think to myself. Then he did a little demo and it looked surprisingly easy.
So I decided to put it to the test for our #TrailATrend (we take looks straight from the catwalks and give them a go ourselves). I followed Malcolms step-by-step and even improvised along the way....
First step I separate my hair into two pony tails. For the first and highest pony I wanted to use a separating comb to create a neat line like Malcolm did. With no separating comb in sight I opt for the next best (and nearest) thing a plastic folk. I use the folk to separate my hair into the two different sections and use an Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, £18.50, to scrape back my fly away hairs around my face.
The second pony is easier. I just gather the left-over hair and put it in to a low pony. (I got my friend to hold my high pony whilst I did the lower, but you could just as easily use a big clip).
Then for the roping. I simply twisted my top pony around and around on itself. Then I wrapped this twist around the bottom pony and back around the top in a figure of eight and used two kirby grips to secure it.
Then I take my lower pony and wrap it around the higher one and back down and clip in place.
For final touches I use L'Oreal Elnett Satin Very Volume Supreme Hold Hairspray, £6.60, to smooth down my hair all over and to make it look slicker.
The Test: I wear my new up-do to the Giles show at London Fashion Week.
My Verdict: I was so surprised at how simple it actually was. If I had the separating comb I could have made the line separating the two ponies more defined but all-in-all I think Ive done a pretty good job. And all I needed was two hair bobbles, four kirby grips, a brush, a folk (desperate times call for desperate measures) and some hairspray.
Reaction: On the way to the Giles show I met my friend who told me I looked glamorous. At the show two fellow beauty journos asked me is that the bun from Temperley and when I answer yes I did it myself they tell me 'wow, it looks like a professional did it'. Then I get home feeling somewhat smug with my new do and my sister says what have you done to your hair? I dont like it. Well I guess two out of three isnt bad, right?