Bunning

How long does your hair have to be in order to bun? I want to start bunning in Janurary. I'll probably try doing it the whole year. May 4 or 5 days a week. Most likely wet buns. My hair is almost APL. When I say almost I mean like probably less than half an inch from APL.. When my hair is under the water I can get it into a ponytail. I have 4a/4b/4c hair mainly 4b/4c in the crown and 4a everywhere else. I have some 3c strands in the nape, but my hair is very thick! I have some layers which is kind of annoying sometimes because I can't keep the bun flat. . Anyaway... Can someone tell me their regimen for wet bunning?
I have about 2 inches of relaxed hair left on top, and I wear a bun everyday. my hair is shoulder length stretched, neck length shrunken.

basically I just spritz my hair with my moisturizer in the morning to make it a bit wet. I wet my hands and put a bit of aloe vera gel in them. I pull one side back and make sure it's flat, then I pull the other side back as well. I put it in a ponytail and then just tuck the ponytail under into a bun.

It's not as elaborate as most people's buns, but it gets the job done. it helps to sleep with your hair pulled up or back into a scrunchie (pineappling) so that your hair won't shrink in the morning, making it harder to bun.

it should be noted that my hair is fine and dense so it may be a bit easier for me than ppl with thicker hair.

eta: I also use small bobby pins in my hair if i can't get the hair flat in some areas. and I once I wet and use the gel on my hair, I also put a satin scarf on my head to slick my hair down (esp the edges). I think the waves make me look a little country, but hey, what can you do?
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I have about 2 inches of relaxed hair left on top, and I wear a bun everyday. my hair is shoulder length stretched, neck length shrunken.

basically I just spritz my hair with my moisturizer in the morning to make it a bit wet. I wet my hands and put a bit of aloe vera gel in them. I pull one side back and make sure it's flat, then I pull the other side back as well. I put it in a ponytail and then just tuck the ponytail under into a bun.

It's not as elaborate as most people's buns, but it gets the job done. it helps to sleep with your hair pulled up or back into a scrunchie (pineappling) so that your hair won't shrink in the morning, making it harder to bun.

it should be noted that my hair is fine and dense so it may be a bit easier for me than ppl with thicker hair.

eta: I also use small bobby pins in my hair if i can't get the hair flat in some areas. and I once I wet and use the gel on my hair, I also put a satin scarf on my head to slick my hair down (esp the edges). I think the waves make me look a little country, but hey, what can you do?
Originally Posted by kinkyncurly

Thanks for responding! Yeah. It may be a little easier for you since your hair isn't as thick. Maybe if I do it under running water it will be better?
If you're almost APL you should definitely be able to bun. Putting my hair in a ponytail and tucking into a bun doesn't work for me because my hair is very thick, too.

Two buns that work for me really well:

1) Twisty bun: YouTube - Twisted Bun Tutorial Video
2) Donut/sock bun: YouTube - My Doughnut bun 1
-How to make the sock donut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAQLIbLUvd4&NR=1 (skip thru her long intro)

Either one works damp or dry for me, though donut bun is easier when damp. For wet/damp I just use my normal Leave-in then do the bun. For dry I put some moisturizer on it so its not totally dry then just do the bun.
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If you're almost APL you should definitely be able to bun. Putting my hair in a ponytail and tucking into a bun doesn't work for me because my hair is very thick, too.

Two buns that work for me really well:

1) Twisty bun: YouTube - Twisted Bun Tutorial Video
2) Donut/sock bun: YouTube - My Doughnut bun 1
-How to make the sock donut: YouTube - Quick & Easy Hair (How to: Donut & stuffing) (skip thru her long intro)

Either one works damp or dry for me, though donut bun is easier when damp. For wet/damp I just use my normal Leave-in then do the bun. For dry I put some moisturizer on it so its not totally dry then just do the bun.
Originally Posted by curlyclo89
Thanks. I think I will try it wet first, then damp, then dry.
My hair is about 10 inches. I bun on braid-out hair. My fave buns are:
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-Megabuns (YouTube - The Mega Bun - Nappy Style) & (YouTube - The Mega Bun - Nappy Style pt. 2)
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I've never been a real bunner, but I guess my hair is long enough for atleast a sock bun, I might try this for the rest of the month. Although, I don't think buns are super cute or anything, but maybe if I try a couple different ones, it might change my opinion of them.
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Oh you've probably been able to bun for a while. I have shoulder length stretched 3c/4a EXTREMELY thick hair, and I've been bunning since September. Basically I leave conditioner in my hair from the shower, get out of the shower and pull my hair into a bun. Because the hair in front is shorter, I'll add some Shea moisture souffle to the part that won't go into a bun, and use bobby pins to secure it (I normally need two on one side, and one on the other). That's all. The first day it's more of a messy/curly look, which I purposely leave; however at night I put on a scarf to sleep, so the rest of the week it's neat and looks wavy.
OMG I just tried to do my first bun and it took me like fifty million-leven tries!!! I was doing the puff wrap around method. It was so hard! Well I have some semblance of a bun
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OMG I just tried to do my first bun and it took me like fifty million-leven tries!!! I was doing the puff wrap around method. It was so hard! Well I have some semblance of a bun
Originally Posted by gagirl09
What's that method? I just gather my hair like I would a pony tail, but tuck the ends in. It isn't as easy as it may be for some people, since my hair is so thick, but I don't need more than one time to gather it. Just start from the front, and smooth as you go.
What's that method? I just gather my hair like I would a pony tail, but tuck the ends in. It isn't as easy as it may be for some people, since my hair is so thick, but I don't need more than one time to gather it. Just start from the front, and smooth as you go.
Originally Posted by LivinandLovin
I did a puff and then I wrapped my hair around the puff in a clockwise motion. Sounds so simple but it was almost a travesty!!!
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What's that method? I just gather my hair like I would a pony tail, but tuck the ends in. It isn't as easy as it may be for some people, since my hair is so thick, but I don't need more than one time to gather it. Just start from the front, and smooth as you go.
Originally Posted by LivinandLovin
I did a puff and then I wrapped my hair around the puff in a clockwise motion. Sounds so simple but it was almost a travesty!!!
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Ooh that does seem harder, I don't think my hair is long enough to do a bun like that.
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Ooh that does seem harder, I don't think my hair is long enough to do a bun like that.
Originally Posted by LivinandLovin
I do a video on the bun and I will post it tomorrow, however beautifulbrwnbabydol does a tutorial on it: YouTube - Natural Hair: Hair Bun Tutorial

I tried to follow her instructions. In the end it was just me having patience and practicing.
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I use the doughnut method or a black scrunchie. I like to use the scrunchie when I want a smaller, curly bun.
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Last edited by teejay; 12-20-2010 at 10:42 PM. Reason: correct grammar
I bun my flat twists/individual two-strand twists.

Once I've completed the twisting (I do medium-sized twists, four on the sides, four in the crown, four at the nape and four in the back), I pull it back, baggy the ends, cover the baggy with 3 nylon knee highs (Chicoro style) then cover the knee highs with a fancy bun cover (also called hair snoods).

I am building up quite a collection of the bun covers but I always get compliments on my hair. Did I mention that I have dense (thick) hair, that is mostly 4b with some 4a thrown in here and there, MAJOR shrinkage (like 50% to 75%) AND it's only 7 inches long (collar bone length for those who use the body for measuring)?

I flat twist/two strand twist on wet hair and it stretches it out so I can get it into bun without having to put major tension on the hairline (which we all know can cause damage and breakage).

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I think I'm going to try some different buns the next time I wash.
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Here's me struggling to do a bun: YouTube - 9th Curly Day of Christmas: The Bun . I came out victorious...somewhat.
Last relaxer: Nov. 24, 2008
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Thank you guys! All of your tips are helpful.
Here's me struggling to do a bun: YouTube - 9th Curly Day of Christmas: The Bun . I came out victorious...somewhat.
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Thanks for the video! Your hair is really cute. Now I REALLY don't have no excuse not to make one of my own, LOL.
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Here's me struggling to do a bun: YouTube - 9th Curly Day of Christmas: The Bun . I came out victorious...somewhat.
Originally Posted by gagirl09
Thanks for the video! Your hair is really cute. Now I REALLY don't have no excuse not to make one of my own, LOL.
Originally Posted by greenandchic
Thanks. I later went back and set it with a headscarf and everything came together beautifully. I love it lots now. I just want to see if I have to use a brush to get that sleek look!!!
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