Wednesday, February 5, 2020

How I Make a Hair Bun & Other Hair Info

high bun tutorial

Holy cow! 2 weeks ago I posted an outfit post with my hair in a bun and I was SHOCKED at how many comments and sweet compliments I received about it! That's my day 3 or day 4 hairstyle to help hide when my hair is a little dirty before I wash it so I kind of cracked up! Normally we take photos on a weekend after I 'primp' and take extra time with my hair. That bun? Takes about 5 minutes. It's a great hairstyle for summer to fight the humidity, too! So I thought it would be a nice change of pace to share how I do my bun hairstyle and all things HAIR.

To make the bun, first put your hair in a ponytail at the crown of your head. You can certainly vary the placement. If you have thicker hair, I recommend a no slip hair tie like these Goody ones. I'm a big fan of them and have been using them for years! I like to smooth my fly aways and any bumps at this point. The bun will hide any bumps hear the hair tie.
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Then I use a bun maker to add volume. My hair is thick enough that I can go without, but using a bun maker is actually faster and the end result is more consistent so I don't need to fuss with it as much. If you hair is shorter or thinner, you may want to secure the bun maker with bobby pins.
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 Place your hair so it falls all the way around the bun maker. Super cute, right?! Haha!
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For the next step I HIGHLY recommend these 3 inch roller pins and these U shaped crinkled hair pins. Game changer! I could not get my hair to stay in a bun securely until using these. I like to use a combination of them and typically use 4 to hold my hair. They are long enough to go through the bun maker and my hair tie. Even if you have thinner hair and are using a bun maker I still think these would be a worthwhile purchase.
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With the next step, you separate your hair and start to wind it around the bun maker tucking it under a bit as you go. I keep winding and tucking until all the ends of my hair are tucked under.
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I normally use 2 of the roller pins first to secure the ends in place then 2 more of the U shaped crinkled pins to help hold the bun in place.
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Finish with hair spray and you are done! Sometimes I pull out pieces by my ears or temples for an effortless, windswept look and sometimes I want something more sleek. What I love about this particular bun is that it has lots of height and volume, but it isn't too 'perfect' looking so I avoid the ballerina vibe. You can also adjust it a bit once you have it all put up so the bun is exactly how you want it.

Other Hair Info
How often do I wash my hair? 2-3 times a week

What type of hair do you have? My hair is thick, dry, and fairly coarse. Using moisturizing products and deep conditioner consistently makes it much softer to the touch.

What products do I use? I use a variety of shampoos, typically those that help with moisture. My hair is fairly coarse and tends to be dry. I sometimes add tea tree oil to my shampoo in the winter to help with scalp dryness. I almost always use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner when I wash my hair. It's helped with the softness of my hair so much and I've been using it for probably over 7 years. After washing I use It's a 10 spray to help protect my hair and further condition it. When I straighten my hair I use John Frieda Straight Fixation and finish with Dessange Top Coat Serum to help add shine. I rarely use dry shampoo, but when I do, it's Suave Dry Shampoo. When I wear my hair curly, I use Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse, John Frieda Dream Curls Spray, and Garnier Cream Gel (in that order).

If you have curly hair, why do you straighten it so often? I actually try to go by weather. In the winter it's a lot drier so I can go 3-4 days in between washes. By straightening my hair, I don't really need to do much touch up during those days so I think I'm using less heat overall. It takes way less time, too. In the summer, the humidity is so high I can't wear my hair straight. When I wear it curly, I often have to 'refresh' the curl after a day which means using the hair dryer with diffuser attachment. I don't have to rewash it, but I do need to re-wet it and get the curls to clump together again so it isn't frizzy. Another summer hairstyle I often use is a bun or braid to keep my hair from getting so big!

How do you style your hair when you wear it straight? I've mostly been using a CHI straightener for probably over a decade (not the same one). I've gotten pretty fast at straightening the top part of my hair then using the straightener to curl the ends. The curls start off fairly tight then loosen up as the days go on to a soft wave. Nothing else is as fast or stays as well for me! I did a tutorial YEARS ago you can find here with photos and a video, too if you are interested.

I hope that answers any questions you may have! If there are any others let me know!

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