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Dear CurlyNikki: What technique and products do you use to achieve the perfect bun? Please help me with the following items:

  • Wet or dry hair
  • Tools used
  • Accessories to secure (if any)
  • Products
  • Finished Result (low, high, side, centered, etc.)
  • Secrets for 'slick' edges (if that's what you like)


Dear Exhale 1913: It's been a while since I last wet bunned, but I loved the routine—low maintenance, easy to do, and I saw lots of length retention. The only drawback is that my bun looks skeet for 2 days (until the hair is fully dry). When wet bunning, use less product or your hair will never dry.


My best buns? I get the best buns on freshly done bantu knot-outs (the above pic), twist or braid-outs. In this state, my hair is easy to work with, lacks frizz, and provides enough volume to give me the BIG look that I so crave. I don't use tools, just my fingers to gather the hair in a high bun, or low side bun. I secure with a satin scrunchy or Goody Ouchless Band and secure loose pieces with bobby pins. As long as I tie my hair up at night, I can rock this style for a week or more!

When I bun now, it's usually on a 3- or 4-day-old Twist-n-Curl. It's less defined, a bit frizzy, and sometimes the end result isn't as chic as I'd like. On these days I opt for a messy mid-height or low bun. I don't use any tools to gather my hair, and I secure it with a satin scrunchy or Goody Ouchless Band. In order to get the edges to lay, I usually apply shea butter and put a scarf on before I leave the house. I almost always adorn with a flower, and use a Goody headband to hold back my edges.

What about you?