If you stumbled across this article in hope of discovering new ways to incorporate pineapple into your daily meal plans then allow me to point you in a different direction because today I’m talking hair pineapples. You know the ones that you whip your locks up into immediately when you walk through the door? However if you came looking for a picture of a lady looking lovingly at a pineapple then you’re in luck. When I mentioned my inability to be in the flat for five seconds without grabbing a band and doing a little twist and secure in a Weekly Vlog, there were more than a handful of you in full agreement that pineapples seriously rule; whether you hair skims your shoulders or derrière. So with pineapple fever spreading one messy bun at a time I thought I’d share five ways that I like to spruce mine up to make it more ‘outdoors’ friendly…
Backcomb Baby. Ah the trusty backcomb. When it doubt – reach for the backcomb, or something like that. A bit of gentle teasing at the roots helps things to look a little more profesh and polished and depending on what levels of back and forth you go to, voluminous. A bit of hairspray to hold it all in place and you’re done. My favourite tool of the trade is the Denman Dressing Out Brush; I’ve had it for years and it gets the job done without things feeling too tuggy.
Pin It Down. Whenever I watch tutorials online of how to perfect your pineapple (or titles to that effect) the professionals who know what they’re really talking about always secure things with pins. Now my hair weighs probably that of a small dog and so whenever I attempt to bobby pins things up, they drop out before I’ve even walked out of my bedroom door. But these twirly pin things – I’m sure that’s their official name – that I picked up from Boots serve a similar effect of conserving whatever shape you’ve created, while holding my
small dog hair on my head. Plus, once twisted in it looks like your bun is defying the laws of gravity without any support.
Turn Up The Texture. I don’t like things to look too sleek whenever I attempt an up-do, so this is a step that I employ a lot. If you balk at the thought of backcombing then you can add a bit of somethin’ somethin’ with a texturising paste. I remember using these when I was younger and every time my hair would descend into a do that looked like I hadn’t washed it for seven weeks, but things have advanced and now the styling putties out there give hold and piecey-ness with just the right amount of grit. The Bumble & Bumble Texture is my personal favourite.
Pretty Plaits. If you’re nibble fingered and a Pinterest fanatic then you’ve probably got this step down already. Unfortunately I am neither of those things and I think even Mark can beat me in a plait-off. However one move that my bumbley hands do seem to manage is the ‘plait band’; where you take a high pony and before you twist it into your pineapple you take out a section, plait it, then wrap it round the base one you’ve done your bun thing. Neat and easy.
Scrunchies and Gems. There’s nothing quite like putting a scrunchie on it to jazz up proceedings. And what about those twist-in hair gems that you always end up having to get cut out? I jest, I jest. Of course, unless you’re on your way to a ’90’s themed party then obnoxious hair accessories are a completely valid suggestion. Don’t forget your glitter hairspray too.