The bouffant is an iconic style that always goes in fashion. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s, its popularity remains timeless today. This updo boasts significant volume paired with black tie dresses or suits. Bouffants can be created on hair of any length, though longer locks work best as you can tease and lift it into an arched form. You can add drama by wearing deep side-swept bangs.
How to Achieve the Bouffant Look
To get this look, start with a clean, dry mane that has been lightly brushed to smooth away knots or kinks. Next, use a texturizing spray to add grip for backcombing each section until your bouffant is complete, and finish it off with a heavy coat of hair lacquer for extra hold.
Feminine Pompadour and Bouffant Styles
Both pompadour and bouffant styles are considered feminine due to the sense of grace and elegance they exude. Both became increasingly popular during the 18th century due to their connection to French rococo art, making an impressionistic painting from that era depicting women wearing hairstyles similar to bouffants with ornamentation such as feathers or other accessories adorning it.
Creating a Modern Bouffant
To create a modern bouffant, begin with clean hair and apply thickening dry texture spray or volumizing powder to the scalp. Next, tease the hair to add height and volume. Finally, secure this style using strong-hold hairspray.
Flirty Bouffant Styles
Bouffants add the perfect finishing touch to romantic or seductive red carpet looks, whether romantic or sensual. Bouffants nod back to past trends while sending an unspoken message of flirtiness and fun that people appreciate and recognize – no doubt why the style has become such an essential feature in fashion editorials and photo shoots.
Alternative Bouffant Styles
Miley Cyrus offers an alternative, more subtle take on the half-bouffant with her crimped and tousled style. While still full-bodied, this look exudes a more casual rock ‘n’ roll feel than its traditional version.