I'm Bunnin' It...a grow-out challenge of sorts :)

Here's my test bun with a flexi-8. It's messy:

Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
I think it looks really great.

Where are you all finding the cute skinny head elastics? I found some tiny (1/4") ones that would be almost useless on me, but I like the size in these.

How is the flexi-8 holding for you?
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OMG I've lost track of this thread cause it has grown rapidly!!!!! My mind iz spinnin'! =-O
SBB your bun looks great. I love the elastics also and can you school me on what a flexi8 is?

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The flexi8 works good for this style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_-XBalPjVg

You can see the flexi8 here:
www.flexi8.com/


This thread is amazing, this should be "Hall of Fame" type thread
For the finer haired girls, or those with shorter hair, I think something like this in your color would be amazing (excuse the dorky picture)
http://beauty.hsn.com/toni-brattin-t...=BS|bs0025|161
I'd like to join this challenge, if it's not too late. I'm afraid that I don't think I can do a bun just yet, but I will have to wait until I take these twists I have in to find out. But if I can do other protective styles, I'm in!

Time to read through the entire thread --

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The flexi8 works good for this style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_-XBalPjVg

You can see the flexi8 here:
www.flexi8.com/


This thread is amazing, this should be "Hall of Fame" type thread
Originally Posted by joya
Where do u get a flexi-8??


Hair Type: small 3c patch in the center, mostly 4a with a patch of 4b at my temples
Shampoo: Suave daily clarifying ( when I feel that need)
Conditioners: AOHSR, MM, olive oil
Styler/Leave-in: SheaMoisture, Fantasia IC, HNS
The flexi8 works good for this style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_-XBalPjVg

You can see the flexi8 here:
www.flexi8.com/


This thread is amazing, this should be "Hall of Fame" type thread
Originally Posted by joya
Where do u get a flexi-8??
Originally Posted by soon2b
Flexi-8
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
OK.... You've convinced me that maybe bunning really is how I got my length, CurlyNikki. I think my problem before was the type of hair tie I was using. So I've been bunning a lot lately, but I've also been moisturizing my ends and problem areas a lot too.

I do have a question for you guys. Is it bad for your hair to twist the hair into a bun and tuck the ends under that without a scrunchy? (Like this: http://www.dressytresses.com/hair/ga...ruct/hair-bun/ without scrunchy) My hair stays that way for hours. I usually do it while it's wet, but do you think it would be better if I do it dry? Should I just switch to the scrunchy bun instead?
Originally Posted by QuirkyYogini
Quirky, this is how I have done my buns as my hair got longer. I think if your hair is longish, there may be too much hair to tuck under the scrunchy.

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I was really hoping I didn't have to order it online...I guess its a little birdy telling me to not get it!


Hair Type: small 3c patch in the center, mostly 4a with a patch of 4b at my temples
Shampoo: Suave daily clarifying ( when I feel that need)
Conditioners: AOHSR, MM, olive oil
Styler/Leave-in: SheaMoisture, Fantasia IC, HNS
Here's my test bun with a flexi-8. It's messy:

Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
I think it looks really great.

Where are you all finding the cute skinny head elastics? I found some tiny (1/4") ones that would be almost useless on me, but I like the size in these.

How is the flexi-8 holding for you?
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Thanks RCC, I think I got the headbands at Target. I like the really skinny one closest to my face.

I wore a bun today with 2 of the skinny bands and a flexi-8 and it was pretty bulletproof.

I highly recommend the flexi-8 for anyone thinking about it. I use the large in this shot, but could get away with a medium.
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Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
quirkiyogini, i do the old fashioned twist bun, too. i find it keeps my ends protected better than a sock bun. more of my hair is still damp in the mornings. i haven't noticed any adverse effects, and i've worn my hair like this for a couple of weeks now. HTH
Originally Posted by curlymami
Thanks! Yes, it does help. I used to wear my hair in a bun or this thing: http://public.fotki.com/QuirkyYogini...ngy/00006.html
I wore my hair like this for years! I did get a lot of length, but I also got quite a bit of breakage at the part where I put the hair tie in. I think it was because I had the narrow kind with the metal bar connecting the ends of it. Now, I have the kind without any metal in it and it's glued together. I'm hoping that this helps. Now that I know others do it without a problem, I'm thinking it must have just been me.

Also, I'm going to try to be better at moving the location of my bun and "bunny tail."


Quirky, this is how I have done my buns as my hair got longer. I think if your hair is longish, there may be too much hair to tuck under the scrunchy.
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
Thanks for the reply! Yeah, my hair is almost waist length with pulled straight. I tried to do the sock bun today with a scrunchie and it didn't really work. Oh well! I'll just do it the normal way!


Also, I wore my hair up last night and I rocked some of my new dangly earrings, dark eye makeup, and a cute yellow halter top and felt great! I know it's not the same as wearing your hair down, but you can still look fabulous with your hair up.
I have 3c hair that I haven't straightened in over 5 years. It's just past shoulder length when dry, and almost waist length when pulled straight.

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I know it's not the same as wearing your hair down, but you can still look fabulous with your hair up.
Originally Posted by curlymami
Absolutely..
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
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a bunnytail...i like that name better. i call mine a half-pony i loved rocking it in georgia, but out here in arizona it doesn't bode well for me. i couldn't keep moisture in the hair that was exposed, and i ended up with fried ends...

i'm glad the bunnytail is working for ya! its a good change from the twisted bun.
natural since 1998. trying to adapt to this midwest weather while still keeping it simple. current length: MBL (stretched)

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I haven't officially joined the challenge but I have been stalking this thread. For those of you interested in the Flexi8 I just purchased some today. If you use the promotional code 32088 you either get 10% off or buy 4 get 1 free. Another option is Hairzing. It looks really bizarre but I've heard nothing but good things. i'm all for bunning and protective styles, but I need to spice it up if I'm going to do it for the entire summer.

I hope that can help someone out.
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Wow the hairzings are really pretty!


Today I decided to let my hair down after 3 weeks of straight bunning. I just wanted to add some variety.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Wow the hairzings are really pretty!


Today I decided to let my hair down after 3 weeks of straight bunning. I just wanted to add some variety.
Originally Posted by mariag002
did you notice anything different about how your hair behaved while out now that it's been bunned for three weeks?
natural since 1998. trying to adapt to this midwest weather while still keeping it simple. current length: MBL (stretched)

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Its hard for me to say because I usually can't see or notice growth unless I straighten it. Plus I usually have it in a bun anyway.

My ends are fine and my hair feels healthy.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Kiarob
MoMo....I have the same issue....my hair line is very thin and fragile....I've complained about it several times on this board, I even started using boundless tresses. Anyway, I was weraing my hair up with a phony pony because my hair is not long enough or thick enough to do a bun with out looking like a duck's tail...last night I noticed my edges were strating to snap, so believe me you not the only one with this dilemma. Just don't want U to feel alone.

Thanks. I'm glad to have someone to relate to as far as that is concerned. The song "You are not alone" by Michael Jackson is playing in my mind right now, LMAOOOO!!

Does boundless tresses help you with that?

I saw your most recent pics w/ the long aid gel, and your hair is bangin' girl. The texture reminds me so much of mine.
Originally Posted by momo7
Momo7,
I use boundless tresses about 4 to 5 times a week and I haven't seen a big difference with the temples of my head but there're little fuzzies around my hairline...so who knows.
However, I am trying the bun challenge but I haven't offically joined. I decided to stop brushing my sides so much so I just use my fingers.....we'll see if that helps.
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4a or a combo of 3c/4a who knows?
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i'm back to the basics after my fun experience with a twist and curl and the pocahontas. i went to target to find the elastics SBB used in her flexi8 pic. i nearly lost my mind on the accessories aisle. but i bought about 20 goody small elastic headbands and some scrunchies for a more refined "sock" bun.

i recall people were concerned about cotton scrunchies. i dampened mine so it won't absorb too much moisture from my hair, and it works fine. mine came in a six pack, so i'll rotate scrunchies to give them time to dry in between uses.

on other news, i found a picture from two months ago that was at a similar angle to the one i took a few days ago. it grew about an inch. with the challenge, i'm sure i'll retain an extra inch come september. excluding shrinkage, i might be APL by the end of the year... who woulda thunk it...lol
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