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Trending: High and Tight Bun 90’s inspired sleek updo

(New York, NY) – Lindsey Olson, Sam Villa Ambassador @lindsey.marie.olson, says high, twisted, tight buns with a 90’s sleek finish are trending.  The smaller shape compliments the fuller silhouettes of oversized cropped tops, wide leg pants and chunky lug soles.  Learn how to do it here.

“This glossy knotted style can easily be adapted for trend forward guests, as well as those looking for relevant special occasion styles,” says Olson.

Tools and Products Used:

Sam Villa Professional Light Ionic Blow Dryer with concentrator, tail comb, Artist Series Finishing Brush, dry sectioning clips, Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron, elastic cord, Redken High Hold Thermal Spray and Spray Wax.


  • Spraying each section with thermal spray and positioning a finishing brush really close to the head while trailing the blow dryer and directionally blow drying helps create a sleek, tight, high-polish finish.  It pushes hair close to the scalp while smoothing the cuticle.
  • Directing hair on the sides up higher than the cheek bones is really flattering.
  • Sectioning hair into multiple ponytails and then joining them together is what creates the tight controlled shape and surface.
  • Use an elastic cord and butcher’s knots for a bump-free tight ponytail.
  • Twisting the two sections of the final ponytail in opposite directions before wrapping around the base of the tail forms more detail to the look.

Sam Villa is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Sam Villa Company (Allvus, LLC), a leading education and styling tool company for the professional hair industry. He is also Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, a L’Oreal brand. Villa is the recipient of the 2023 INKD Icon Leadership Award, 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year, Hair Awards USA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2021 AHP Icon Stylist Influencer of the Year, 2020 International Hairdressing Awards ‘International Hair Influencer of the Year,’ the 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007) and Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). His inspiring education and innovative ergonomic styling tools can be experienced on The Sam Villa brand brings free digital education to everyone including hot tips and techniques, as well as access to livestreamed educational events. The company also offers professional tools for consumers so they can achieve salon-quality results at home with minimum effort. 

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