From the French twist to The Audrey, updos are having a renaissance, but one rendition in particular has got everyone vibing. The Pammy Updo has been picking up a fan following for some time, but from recent red carpets and TikTok, it’s most definitely here to stay.
What is the Pammy updo?
Characterised by hair that’s stacked up high on the head, with tendrils tumbling down, and some major sweepy fringe action, one woman, Pamela Anderson, is responsible for popularising the style back in the ’90s.
With the ‘90s beauty revival in full swing, it was only a matter of time before we picked it back up. Last year’s Hulu biopic Pam & Tommy helped reignite the obsession, but rather than a flash in the pan, the style has stuck. In fact, it’s become a modern multi-hyphenate style. It’s messy, it’s relaxed, it’s practical… and the nape-baring style is super sexy, too.
Kim Kardashian has been one of the style’s most loyal advocates. She’s worn it on repeat for a range of high profile events over the past couple of years, including her appearance on Ellen, her sister Kourtney’s wedding celebrations, the original premiere of The Kardashians launch on Hulu, her runway collab with Dolce & Gabbana and, most recently, the CFDA awards (Council of Fashion Directors of America) where the great and good of the fashion industry gather to celebrate the best talent and muses in the business (it’s like an Oscars for fashion, basically).
How to do the Pammy updo?
The good news, if you want to try it yourself, is that TikTok is laden with tutorials. The hashtag #pamelaandersonhair has scooped up over 126.6million views on the platform.
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One creator, Michaela (@yhkayla) told users, “I want to try the Pamela Anderson bun on short greasy hair. Hopefully, this works.” Breaking down the look she explains: “Pamela has a fringe, but I don’t so I’m going to take this very front section of my hair and use that as bangs later.” For short-haired girls who want the extra length, Michaela recommends extensions.
“I’m going to take just a few hair extension singles and I’m just going to clip these in random places in my hair so that I have hair to pull out of the bun,” she says, advising “clip them in the direction of the ponytail so it’s flat on your head.”
“Now what I’m going to do is brush it up into a high-ish ponytail,” she says. Tie your hairband around the ponytail, but on the last wrap, don’t pull the hair all the way through. Just pull it halfway through to create a loop of hair, with the ends loose and facing forward out of the bun.
“On the last time around, you just want to fold the hairband in half and pull it out as much as you can,” she adds. “Then just spread it out and pin random sections until you get the shape you like. ” Michaela used the GHD styler to curl the loose ends of the bun, and the face-framing sections at the front. “I think that worked pretty well,” she concluded, and we’d have to concur.
How to wear the Pammy Updo?
So, now we know how it’s done, here are six of our favourite renditions of the Pammy updo…
Glam and glossy
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