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

woah woah woah....so your not supposed to wet/wash your hair while bunning?????
Quick question for those ladies who work out. Do you wash and re-bun your hair everyday? I've been working out and I have to at least rinse my hair. When I work out I sweat alot...I mean ALOT!...so I can't hold off rinsing. Do you think this will effect the growth? Do you have any tips on maintaining the 'do while working out? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Yvonne
Originally Posted by smokindiva
Well, I'm not CG, but this is what I do. On days that I run, I sweat a lot. On yoga days, I might sweat a lot, or I might not. I usually only wash on really sweaty days. (Yes! I use shampoo! Gasp!) If you're CG, I suppose you would co-wash here instead.

On non-sweaty days, I either leave it in the bun and don't wet it, or water wash and condition it. This depends on how oily or dry my scalp and hair feel. I then wash almost all of the conditioner out, and do my normal styling routine, which has been a bun lately. HTH!
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woah woah woah....so your not supposed to wet/wash your hair while bunning?????
Originally Posted by alliea10
You can if you want to. I wet my hair every day to put it in a ponytail, otherwise half my hair would be on my brush.

Sometimes I'll rollerset and just leave it up in a dry ponytail. I can get away with that for at least 5 days or until I can't take it anymore and need to wet my hair.
- Maria

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

My hair is long enough to bun, but I'm scared that holding my hair back for so long will break it off. When you use a rubber band (or any other ponytail holder), won't that cut into your hair and cause it to break off?

Can someone tell me what their general hair routine is when they bun? Thanks a lot.
My hair is long enough to bun, but I'm scared that holding my hair back for so long will break it off. When you use a rubber band (or any other ponytail holder), won't that cut into your hair and cause it to break off?

Can someone tell me what their general hair routine is when they bun? Thanks a lot.
Originally Posted by Shooting Star
your hair shouldn't break off. make sure it's plenty moisturized before you bun it. if you're concerned about the ponytail holder, use plastic-tipped bobby pins to secure the bun (it takes me three big pins for all my hair). and of course, move the bun around.

my bun routine:

co-wash MWF (clarify and DT saturdays or sundays)
spritz ends if necessary on TR
moisturize ends
scrunchie bun

nightly i take down the scrunchie bun and oil the ends. since they are usually damp, it's kind of like baggying without the bag. then do an twist bun and throw a scarf on.
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I only use scrunchies that are soft and I typically don't put them on so tight that I look like my eyes are closed
My regular routine:
  • I either co-wash or wet my hair
  • Apply conditioner throughout
  • Use my "fake" Denman brush to take out all the knots
  • Use a brush to brush my hair back and put it into a bun
  • Slap on a scrunchie
  • Apply a little bit of gel to the front so I won't have the frizzies
At night I make the ponytail looser. I will usually braid it before going to bed.
- Maria

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Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Curlymami and mariag002 both of you say you take the buns down at the night. I always thought that the buns stayed in until you were going to wash your hair, interesting.

I have pretty dense and thick hair so I dunno if I'll be able to use bobby pins to hold my hair back. However, I like the scrunchie idea. I might try a clamp, also. I'm starting to get turned on to this bun thing. I might give it a try.

So, how much growth has one experienced while using the bunning method? And what is it that makes bunning work so well? If people are achieving this much growth by just putting their hair in buns and taking it down every night, shouldn't any other style work? What makes bunning different?
Quick question for those ladies who work out. Do you wash and re-bun your hair everyday? I've been working out and I have to at least rinse my hair. When I work out I sweat alot...I mean ALOT!...so I can't hold off rinsing. Do you think this will effect the growth? Do you have any tips on maintaining the 'do while working out? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Yvonne
Originally Posted by smokindiva
Well, I'm not CG, but this is what I do. On days that I run, I sweat a lot. On yoga days, I might sweat a lot, or I might not. I usually only wash on really sweaty days. (Yes! I use shampoo! Gasp!) If you're CG, I suppose you would co-wash here instead.

On non-sweaty days, I either leave it in the bun and don't wet it, or water wash and condition it. This depends on how oily or dry my scalp and hair feel. I then wash almost all of the conditioner out, and do my normal styling routine, which has been a bun lately. HTH!
Originally Posted by QuirkyYogini
Thanks so much for your suggestions. I use to be a CG but my hair stopped responding. I think it was because my scalp was so clogged, so now I wash at least once a week. When I work out almost daily and I sweat tons, so instead of washing everyday I just use suave conditioner and work it into a lather.

Thanks again for the reply. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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woah woah woah....so your not supposed to wet/wash your hair while bunning?????
Originally Posted by alliea10
You can if you want to. I wet my hair every day to put it in a ponytail, otherwise half my hair would be on my brush.

Sometimes I'll rollerset and just leave it up in a dry ponytail. I can get away with that for at least 5 days or until I can't take it anymore and need to wet my hair.
Originally Posted by mariag002
I was thinking that the 2 main reasons for wearing a bun are (1) to keep from manipulating your hair too much - which keeps your ends from snarling and tangling which can lead to breakage and (2) to keep the ends super moisturized by not having them out - which would in theory also prevent breakage.

If I co-washed every day and then wore a bun I would still be manipulating my hair quite a bit during the co-wash, so I wouldn't be accomplishing #1. Instead of co-washing, I may try just wetting, gently adding conditioner, then rinsing like QuirkyYogini does. Hopefully that'll get rid of enough sweat (ewwww) Again, I'll probably just have to listen to my scalp....
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Last edited by natashamck; 06-26-2008 at 09:54 AM. Reason: speling
Curlymami and mariag002 both of you say you take the buns down at the night. I always thought that the buns stayed in until you were going to wash your hair, interesting.

I have pretty dense and thick hair so I dunno if I'll be able to use bobby pins to hold my hair back. However, I like the scrunchie idea. I might try a clamp, also. I'm starting to get turned on to this bun thing. I might give it a try.

So, how much growth has one experienced while using the bunning method? And what is it that makes bunning work so well? If people are achieving this much growth by just putting their hair in buns and taking it down every night, shouldn't any other style work? What makes bunning different?
Originally Posted by Shooting Star
i just really started protective styling consistently in may. i used to rely almost exclusively on a puff, so my ends were constantly exposed. i'd have to cut inches off my hair from the damage.

since i've been bunning, my ends stay moisturized so they don't knot as much which leads to less breakage and retention of growth.

as for other styles working, i'm sure they would. i'm just to lazy to do them...lol. my mom kept telling me not to go to sleep with a puff, to braid it or twist it every night...i didn't listen. when i finally did, i saw some retention of length but it was just too much work for all my hair. but as natashamck pointed out, braiding and twisting is extra manipulation. it's a balance you'll have to find with your particular hair.

try the bun for two weeks, and you'll see a noticeable difference in your hair...
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I take down my bun so my hair can breathe.
Sunday I washed, Monday wore it out, and bunned on Tuesday. Tuesday night I sprayed my scalp lightly with Devacurl Mist-er Right, rubbed in very watery leave in (Aveda Color Conserv) an aloe vera based leave in (actually a body lotion from Burts Bees) and some Set it Free. I was able to finger detangle in sections and do 6 large twists which I slept in. And my hair regained some shine due to the re-application of product.

Today I undid the twists and wore a loose puff held back by a scarf. Tonight I sprayed my hairline and some of my scalp with Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla leave-in, sprayed my ends lightly, scrunched in a little Jane Carter Nourish and Shine, then put into 2 pony puffs with satin scrunchies, with the ends tucked in the scrunchies. Tomorrow I may bun again. If I don't water my scalp I get the itchies.
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i got so excited with my new fotki, i've justa been uploading pictures. i was reading mariag's journal where she said she wasn't going to update her album until september

so what exactly is this big reveal? i guess i thought it was just a final length check.
natural since 1998. trying to adapt to this midwest weather while still keeping it simple. current length: MBL (stretched)

www.fotki.com/curlymami
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Curlymami and mariag002 both of you say you take the buns down at the night. I always thought that the buns stayed in until you were going to wash your hair, interesting.

I have pretty dense and thick hair so I dunno if I'll be able to use bobby pins to hold my hair back. However, I like the scrunchie idea. I might try a clamp, also. I'm starting to get turned on to this bun thing. I might give it a try.

So, how much growth has one experienced while using the bunning method? And what is it that makes bunning work so well? If people are achieving this much growth by just putting their hair in buns and taking it down every night, shouldn't any other style work? What makes bunning different?
Originally Posted by Shooting Star
i just really started protective styling consistently in may. i used to rely almost exclusively on a puff, so my ends were constantly exposed. i'd have to cut inches off my hair from the damage.

since i've been bunning, my ends stay moisturized so they don't knot as much which leads to less breakage and retention of growth.

as for other styles working, i'm sure they would. i'm just to lazy to do them...lol. my mom kept telling me not to go to sleep with a puff, to braid it or twist it every night...i didn't listen. when i finally did, i saw some retention of length but it was just too much work for all my hair. but as natashamck pointed out, braiding and twisting is extra manipulation. it's a balance you'll have to find with your particular hair.

try the bun for two weeks, and you'll see a noticeable difference in your hair...
Originally Posted by curlymami
I'll give it a try!
i have a few pics of my bun and twists in my fotki. I got so bored of the bun today, I finally washed my hair and decided to twist it. i haven't paid much attention to it over the past few months and it looks like it's growing. yay!

when i do bun it again....i think i will start taking it down at night. I noticed that when my hair doesn't dry all the way, the bun gets a super funky/mildew smell. so weird that that happens....but i don't want mold growing in my hair so i will make sure i let it breathe next time!
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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

I do that one sometimes and just call it a cinnamon bun as that's how I leanred it. I just have to watch how hard I twist, because, overdone, it doens't seem to do my ends much good with all that turning. A ligter twist and a couple of booby pins, and I'm good. I keep forgetting I can't twist like a straight haired person - different hair shaft. I just leanred so many of these styles from straight haired pics. There aren't a ton of tutorials with curly buns and stuff out there.
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Did a variation on the scrunchie bun today. Instead of swirling and tucking the leftover ends of the scrunchie bun around the base of the bun, I braided the leftovers and wrapped it around the base of the bun. A different look, and not too hard on my ends it seems.

I put a pic in my album in case the description didn't make sense.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Did a variation on the scrunchie bun today. Instead of swirling and tucking the leftover ends of the scrunchie bun around the base of the bun, I braided the leftovers and wrapped it around the base of the bun. A different look, and not too hard on my ends it seems.

I put a pic in my album in case the description didn't make sense.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls

cute, rcc! i saw the bun first and thought, "how'd she get all her hair in that little bun?" but then i saw how fat your braid was...lol...
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Last edited by lanaboogie; 06-29-2008 at 01:16 PM.
i got so excited with my new fotki, i've justa been uploading pictures. i was reading mariag's journal where she said she wasn't going to update her album until september

so what exactly is this big reveal? i guess i thought it was just a final length check.
Originally Posted by curlymami
Shootingstar, I take my bun out at night because it bothers my neck when I'm sleeping.

Curlymami, that was just my own personal choice to have no more updates till Sept. I wanted to take a break from obsessing with Fotki. My kids think I'm crazy taking pictures of my hair LOL
- Maria

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