Cinnabun Hair Crash Course: How To Do The Cinnabun Hairstyle

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Just like makeup and nail color trends, the hair style of the moment is constantly evolving.

This fall, Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, is encouraging hair fashionistas to cozy on up to the Cinnabun hairstyle.

More of a hair wrap than a traditional bun, Mario says that this fun yet elegant style is ideal for women with mid-length to long hair.

The Cinnabun mimics the symmetry and clean lines of everyone’s favorite mall and airport sweet and makes a guilt-free hairstyle that is sure to turn heads. This versatile look works for both day and evenings, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Luckily for we heart this readers, today, Mario is sharing his secrets to creating this season’s hottest look.

Cinnabun hair style

How To Do The Cinnabun Hairstyle

Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo

1. Blow Dry Your Hair

Start by giving hair a good blow-dry. Using a round boar bristle brush and hair dryer on medium heat, smooth hair from roots to ends while blow-drying hair under.

2. Apply Smoothing Serum

Once hair is dry, apply a pea-sized amount of a smoothing serum to tame any flyaways. My go-to is Oribe Smooth Style Serum.

3. Pull Your Hair Back

Using a fine tooth comb, begin to pull all of your hair to the back of your head. It should appear seamless, sleek tight. Use the comb to achieve the desired smoothness in the front.

4. Add A Decorative Headband

For extra interest, place a stretchy or decorative headband at crown of the head. The addition of a bedazzled thin headband or more casual stretchy headband can quickly change the look and feel of this style, making it adaptable for every occasion. This will also help you to better achieve the smooth finish you’re seeking in this style.

5. Gather Hair Into A Pony Tail

Gather hair into a ponytail at the back center of your hair and secure with an elastic.

6. Create A Small Loop 

Take a 1 to 1.5 inch of hair near the base of the ponytail and create a very small loop with the hair. The loop should loop under and face down towards the neck. Pin the small loop with bobby pins, fastening it under the elastic of the ponytail. Think of this as the center section of a flower. It will act as focal point for the rest of the Cinnabun.

7. Separate Hair Into Two Parts

Separate the remaining hair into two parts, one to the left and one to the right of the center loop.

8. Take Left Section And Wrap Around The Loop

Take the left section first, and loosely begin to wrap it around the loop. Lightly using a fine tooth comb, make sure the hair that’s being wrapped is smooth. As you begin to run out of hair to wrap, take a few bobby pins and secure the ends of the hair under and into the bun.

9. Take The Right Section And Wrap In the Opposite Direction

Take the right section next, and loosely begin to wrap it in the opposite direction around the loop. Again, lightly use a fine tooth comb to make sure the hair that’s being wrapped is smooth. Pin the ends under and into the bun.

10. Smooth Out Hair

Smoothness is key for the Cinnabun. Before finalizing the look with hairspray, take the fine tooth comb and go over any section of the bun that needs to be smoothed out.

11. Apply Strong Hold Hair Spray

To finish the style, liberally apply a strong hold hairspray all over the look. My favorite is MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray.

Will you be wearing the Cinnabun this fall?

photo: Salon Mario Russo



  1. This is a cute idea! Good instructions for how to achieve it too.

    1. I agree! Step by step directions make all the difference. Trying new twists on putting your hair up is fun.

  2. So cute. Of course now that it has been called a Cinnabun that’s all I see when I look at it. All it’s missing is a little cream cheese icing.

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