Word of the Day Abuagella

Long-haired ladies, ignore this hair accessory's funny name and grab it to keep your locks off your neck and secured in a perfect bun.

Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
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Ruth Schuster

If you have long silky hair, or just, well, long hair, when the summer heat comes there is a good chance you'll want to mold, fold and wrap it into the perfect bun.

It can be done naturally, with a few twists and a handful of pins. In Israel, it can also be done with the help of handy abuagella.

This accessory is known in English by a few names, including a hair donut, bun maker and a bun roll. You can even make your own out of a sock, and if you would like directions just check out the attached video. Admit it: You always wanted to know how to use footwear to fashion your hair!

Experienced stylists can surely create a perfect bun without pins, but if you want your hair to stay secure all day, extra help is a good idea. Enter, stage left, the abuagella.

This donut-shaped thing-a-ding works to hold your hair in the shape, and as an added bonus for those with thinner locks, it adds extra fullness and the illusion of a Kate Middleton-thick mane.

Some have been known to use the handy abuagella to create waves in naturally straight, long hair – wrap wet hair in the thing and go to sleep. C'est tout. Tip: If you're going to do that, place the bun towards the nape of the neck, not at the back of the head or you will have one lousy night.

Not to confuse, but "abuagella" is also often used to describe quite the opposite technique - a method of straightening long, naturally wavy hair. How? Wash hair, wrap tightly around head, arrange a net securely over the damp hair and go to sleep. One will wake up with relatively straight hair, until it gets wet again. "How did you get your hair so straight?" "Abuagella."

Shoshana Kordova is on leave. For previous Word of the Day columns, go to: www.haaretz.com/news/features/word-of-the-day.

An abuagella in action.Credit: Nzgirl

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