Recently, I noticed a hairstyle taking over among celebs and fashion insiders: the middle-part bun. Once I started seeing it, I couldn’t unsee it and realized just how ubiquitous it was. Looking for a new way to wear my hair, I was interested in testing it out myself and picked up some tips when I stumbled upon a viral TikTok about the exact products celebrity hairstylist Irinel de León uses to pull off the look when working with Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner.
In the video, I learned that de León parts the hair in the middle and ties it into a ponytail in the center of the head before securing the hair into a twisted bun. She then applies a wax stick to combat flyaways and achieve a slicked-back look and uses a boar-bristle brush to smooth the hair. While every hair type and texture will require additional steps to style and prep the hair, these easy styling tips helped me achieve the middle-part-bun hairstyle—a new staple in my beauty routine. Ahead, I’m breaking down everything I used to style my hair. Then, see how celebs and fashion insiders are wearing the It hairstyle I’m predicting will define 2022.