the hassle

Red carpet-worthy hair doesn’t have to be a fuss. Thankfully, we met with the team at Nine Zero One Salon at the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar where they showed us how to achieve this A-list look quickly and easily.

Watch the hairstyle tutorial:


Prep hair with dry shampoo

Run a dry shampoo all over your head to remove any excess oils and to make hair easier to manage. Make sure you're using one that's right for your hair type. We used Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.

Prep hair with dry shampoo


Gather hair into a high ponytail

Smooth out any tangles or knots with a fine brush and tightly gather your hair into a high ponytail.

Gather hair into a high ponytail


Secure with a ponytail hook

This look calls for more than your average elastic, so for a secure fit, tie your hair with a hooked ponytail holder.

Secure with a ponytail hook


Back comb

For amazing volume, back comb your ponytail and then smooth out the outer layers.



Separate into sections

Separate your ponytail into two large sections: front and back.



Roll the front section

Take the front section of your ponytail and roll it forward, letting the ends tuck under the bun and secure each side with bobby pins.

Roll the front section


Repeat with back section

Just like the front, take the back section of your hair and roll it under so that the ends tuck underneath the bun. Again, make sure to secure with bobby pins.

Roll the front section

Repeat with back section


Secure loose ends

In case any flyaways arise or any loose ends make it out of the bun, make sure to secure them by tucking them under with bobby pins.

Secure loose ends


Even it out

Use your fingers to very lightly pull apart the bun to hide any gaps and even out the style. Finish off the look with hairspray — we stayed brand consistent and used Joico Power Spray.

Even it out

The final look

High bun

More Beauty Beat

How to dress up your denim like a celeb
A tour of Kyle Richards' new store
How Ashley Greene used beauty to empower women


Recommended for you


Comments on "Beauty Beat: How to get the Hollywood power bun"

Hannah February 01, 2013 | 12:32 PM

Yes this only works for people with a certain length hair. What I do is throw my hair into a loose bun, and then grab another pony tail holder and make a bun out of the bun I already did, if that makes sense. It works!

Suzie January 29, 2013 | 7:35 PM

This doesn't work for really long hair. I guess this is only for the few people who have that length of hair.

Afrodite January 28, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Love this look! It's my go to look when I want to look a little more polished without too much effort. However, because I have natural, afro-textured hair, I don't have to do much prep. Also, if you loosely twist it around itself, and pull it to one side, it makes for an interesting braided look.

+ Add Comment

(required - not published)