Lauren Mackellar, over the past ten years, has established herself as one of Melbourne’s leading and most sought after session stylists, working and directing some of Melbourne’s most popular, leading inner city salons.
Her strong commitment to fashion and hair is demonstrated in her vast understanding of all facets of colour, cutting and styling.
Lauren is a senior stylist at Edwards & Co. Melbourne and Sydney.
For bookings and more information visit: www.edwardsandco.com.au.
We are so excited to have Lauren on board as our go-to girl for tutorials! She will be sharing lots of handy tips, tricks and styling secrets with us.
Hi there! Welcome to our very first step-by-step styling tutorial.
I hope I can help to inspire you to try out some different styles and ways to wear your hair. There's really not that much to it, once you see it broken down into steps!
The textured bun is a great option for ‘special event’ hair when you want an up-style that doesn't look or feel too stiff or structured.
The casual texture balances out the prettiness of the style, making it look effortless and chic.
This style works best on hair that's shoulder length and longer, and works particularly well with hair that has a natural wave, however it's not essential.
Make sure you tag us on Instagram if you give this style a go; we'd love to see your creations! Use the hash tag #tutorialsbylaurenm and #ohhellohair. Good luck!
1. The basis of this style comes from the ‘lived-in’ matte texture that you'll need in the hair before you start, which makes it perfect for slept-in, or second day blow-waved hair.
If your hair is naturally shiny and smooth, don't be afraid to get in there with your hands to rough it up a little!
Products that help create this texture are lightweight hairsprays like Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Hairspray or Evo Builders Paradise Working Spray, dry texture sprays like Bamboo Volume Root Blast (which I use here) or you could even use a dry shampoo like Bamboo Cleanse Extend or Evo Water Killer.
2. Start by sectioning the back from ear to ear, clipping the front hair out of the way. With a hair elastic, fasten the back section into a low ponytail, making sure it's nice and centered. Don't worry if the texture looks a bit lumpy or bumpy! It all adds to the effect.
3. With the remaining hair, section out the very front (approximately from temple to temple). This style works especially well if you have face framing layers cut into the front of your hair, or if you're growing out a fringe. Divide this section away with a clip for later.
4. Now this is where you really want to see some texture. For fine hair that lacks body, you may want to gently backcomb some lift into the hair with a comb or Mason Pearson Brush. You can also add some more texture spray at this stage, to add some more separation.
5. With your hands, gently rake this hair together into one big piece and towards the back to meet your ponytail.
I like to add 'invisible' bobby pins here to fasten this layer down to the scalp and to help keep the organic and rustic feel to the hair. To make the pins 'invisible' you need to push them in and back on themselves, in the same way you would push a pin into a pincushion. Do this wherever you want to keep that ‘finger-combed’ or 'scrunched' look in the hair. Otherwise once you secure the hair in the bun, it can pull the hair straight and you lose the effect.
A useful tip is to spray your bobby pins with a strong hairspray before you start, this gives the pins a matte finish and they're less likely to slip and come loose!
6. Pick up these two sections of hair together and gently twist them until they start to form a messy rope look. This is going to form the base of your bun.
Then, it's easy to wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail. Push in a few bobby pins to anchor the bun to the head as you go, it'll be more secure this way.
7. With the ends of the ponytail, fold the hair back over itself to cover the 'donut' look and pin at the back.
8. Release the final front section of hair and gently guide it back towards the bun.
If you’ve got fine hair, you may like to add a little bit of backcombing here from underneath to add some more volume. Using the invisible pin trick, secure the hair to the scalp in a few places to keep it in place, leaving the 'tail' of this section out until last.
9. You're nearly there! It's a good time to add some more texture spray here especially if the hair is soft and needs a bit more grip.
10. Using your thumb and forefinger pinch the hair and gently rub in some soft texture to any areas that are looking too neat and tidy.
11. Push in some bobby pins here to keep this final piece of hair in place. You want it to look like it's effortless but it needs to feel secure.
12. Finally, thread the loose tail end of the hair through a bobby pin and wrap it around a few times to make sure it's secure. Then simply push it into the back of the bun where it's hidden, this will also help to anchor this top section in place.
And there you have it, a fresh take on an effortlessly beautiful up-style.
We hope you like it!
Hair: Lauren Mackellar laurenmackellar.com.au / @hairbylaurenm
MUA: Skye Isabella skyeisabella.com.au / @skyeisabella_makeupartist
Photos: Red Rabbit Photography redrabbitphotograpy.com.au / @redrabbitphotography
Model: Teagan Simonis / @teagansimonis
Model’s hair coloured by Leasa Giovannini of Birdie Hair & Beauty, Kew.
Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Hairspray
Evo Builders Paradise Working Spray
Bamboo Volume Root Blast
Bamboo Cleanse Extend
Evo Water Killer
Mason Pearson Brush