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

My hair stays moisturized longer now that I twist and bun during the week.

Vanes16 try the loose bun while allowing some tendrils to hang out. You might like it. My mother always warned me against too tight of buns and headbands so watch out for those. Some of us are just more sensitive to some styling methods.

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Okay CurlyNikki, I just checked out your album and I must say I never knew buns could be so gorgeous! I don't normally wear buns but I definitely want to start trying! It's too hot outside anyway! Count me in for the challenge!
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Well, I fell off the bun wagon in July, but I'm back! I'm sick of the weird afro-helmet/mushroom thing happening with my hair shape right now (I usually cut it to avoid this awkward length), so I'm going to bun it for a while and hope for length to help "correct" this shape. I will post pics (I'm mainly doing the Southern Tease) by the end of the day.

I'm glad to be back
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Last edited by nocomanlasflores; 07-30-2008 at 08:34 AM.
I've been in the bun challenge for a few weeks and my hair has been growing but the hair around my hairline has been breaking off. My buns are a little tight because parts of the front and edges are short and stick out if i make a loose bun. I like doing buns because I don't have to co-wash as often (save $ on products) and I don't get as much single strand knots but I don't a receding hairline either. Do you guys reposition your buns every night? If I use a head band or clips, will it help or make it worse?
Originally Posted by vanes16
hi vanes16...you can try making finger coil bangs or cornrow/flat twist the crown. i haven't tried the coil bangs yet, but i do put in a cornrow or flat twist at least two days a week to minimize stress and brushing the hairline. i also wear goody elastics so i don't have to worry about brushing my hair slick every day.

i also alternate placement of the bun. at night, i oil my ends and do a really loose bun so my hair can "breathe" a bit while i sleep.
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I've kind of fallen off, still keep it in a puff though. I'm just so lazy with my hair right now it's crazy.

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I don't know if this is falling off or not, but I did a slight trim to get rid of a few stringy ends that did not want to curl.

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Hello all. New here...I've been reading through the forums about bunning. Now that I've figured out what it is, how it's done....I'm curious? Are you bunning while your hair is still wet? If yes, HOW without your hair turning sour and stinky?! If you are letting it dry, are you just reapplying water and gel to the sides and the actual bunned hair?

I hope this is not too goofy of a question. I just need the details! My hair gets so stinky if I pull it up into a ponytail and it's not completely dry in the middle! (slap my daddy for giving me this big ol' head LOL)

Thank you all. And btw, you are an amazingly supportive and knowledgeable group of women! Much love to all!
Hello all. New here...I've been reading through the forums about bunning. Now that I've figured out what it is, how it's done....I'm curious? Are you bunning while your hair is still wet? If yes, HOW without your hair turning sour and stinky?! If you are letting it dry, are you just reapplying water and gel to the sides and the actual bunned hair?

I hope this is not too goofy of a question. I just need the details! My hair gets so stinky if I pull it up into a ponytail and it's not completely dry in the middle! (slap my daddy for giving me this big ol' head LOL)

Thank you all. And btw, you are an amazingly supportive and knowledgeable group of women! Much love to all!
Originally Posted by HighlyAddictive
I rebun every 3/4 days and I don't usually have smell problems. I let my bun dry overnight with a scarf or a t-shirt of something over it and that seems to dry it fast enough to keep it from smelling. HTH!
4a? Maybe. With some 3c too.

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New pics added 5/19/09

I like second day hair better than first
Usual routine is Elucence, Giovanni Direct, Fantasia IC.

this is such an interesting thread. i had a few questions for the ladies that bun. i managed to make this bun yesterday:


and i love it! i thought my hair was too short, but it really wasn't. my bangs don't quite reach down all the way to make it into the band, but i suspect some silk-scarfing should fix that issue.

anywho, i was wondering, would it be safe to gently redo the bun each time i co-wash? my hair is stretched when i do wear a ponytail, so it won't be super hard on my hairline, i was just unsure about the amount of manipulation. i also wanted to be able to move the bun around to prevent stress.

and two, how long would it be safe to leave the bun in? like takedown and dt every 3 days? every week? i'd love to hear input.
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I rebun every 3/4 days and I don't usually have smell problems. I let my bun dry overnight with a scarf or a t-shirt of something over it and that seems to dry it fast enough to keep it from smelling. HTH!
Originally Posted by nocomanlasflores

Hi. So you originally co wash, allow to air dry or diffuse, and then bun while damp or completely wet? If I pull my hair into a ponytail I get the most sour smell because it hasn't dried. My hair is super super thick. I'm new to co wash.....actually I'm going to do it today. Maybe that's why I have the smell.

Last edited by HighlyAddictive; 08-05-2008 at 11:05 AM.
OK, so I'm just tunning in to this challange. How soon after this one will you all be willing to do another quest?? Any ladies who missed this one willing to do another??
OK, so I'm just tunning in to this challange. How soon after this one will you all be willing to do another quest?? Any ladies who missed this one willing to do another??
Originally Posted by JustMe17
chile, you can start now. it's not too late. i had noticeable improvement after 2-3 weeks. i'd be willing to re-up in september for the duration for 2008.
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chile, you can start now. it's not too late. i had noticeable improvement after 2-3 weeks. i'd be willing to re-up in september for the duration for 2008.
Originally Posted by curlymami

Cool curlymami! I cut about 19 inches (which were locs) in May, so now I have about 5 inches. I'm with you; the rest of 08' its on and crackin'!


Last edited by JustMe17; 08-07-2008 at 11:07 PM.
I rebun every 3/4 days and I don't usually have smell problems. I let my bun dry overnight with a scarf or a t-shirt of something over it and that seems to dry it fast enough to keep it from smelling. HTH!
Originally Posted by nocomanlasflores

Hi. So you originally co wash, allow to air dry or diffuse, and then bun while damp or completely wet? If I pull my hair into a ponytail I get the most sour smell because it hasn't dried. My hair is super super thick. I'm new to co wash.....actually I'm going to do it today. Maybe that's why I have the smell.
Originally Posted by HighlyAddictive
I made a little album on my fotki explaining just how I do it. Let me know if you have any other questions.
4a? Maybe. With some 3c too.

http://public.fotki.com/nocomanlasflores/
New pics added 5/19/09

I like second day hair better than first
Usual routine is Elucence, Giovanni Direct, Fantasia IC.

I think I've got it now! Thank you NCLF!!
I think I've got it now! Thank you NCLF!!
Originally Posted by HighlyAddictive
You're welcome! Let me know if it works for you
4a? Maybe. With some 3c too.

http://public.fotki.com/nocomanlasflores/
New pics added 5/19/09

I like second day hair better than first
Usual routine is Elucence, Giovanni Direct, Fantasia IC.

my grandma always said don't rush time, but i can't wait until september 30. i am soOoo happy with my hair right now. i was looking back at some pics from may when i started my own PS challenge. i thought my hair was decent, though admittedly my ends were busted.

had curlynikki not started this challenge, i know i would have fallen off the wagon months ago and still have been walking around with dry, unmanageable, raggedy looking hair. i never knew that my hair had this much potential. it's such a beautiful thing. not having to worry about how i am going to style it everyday, i can concentrate on paying attention to what works and doesn't work for my hair.

if you're lurking and/or thinking it's too late to start this challenge, then please reconsider. shucks, if you've fallen off the wagon and need a pick me up, then reconsider. i have had amazing results after two months. and it's about that much longer until the end of september.

okie, i'm finished with my motivational speech ...
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Do you ladies re-do your bun everyday? If I don't I look like someone beat me with a broom
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Do you ladies re-do your bun everyday? If I don't I look like someone beat me with a broom
Originally Posted by Petal
many of us do. i re-do mine twice a day. once in the morning and again at night after i take it down to oil the ends. i don't manipulate it as much at night, though.
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Do you ladies re-do your bun everyday? If I don't I look like someone beat me with a broom
Originally Posted by Petal
many of us do. i re-do mine twice a day. once in the morning and again at night after i take it down to oil the ends. i don't manipulate it as much at night, though.
Originally Posted by curlymami

Great. Thanks for responding. I felt I was manipulating my hair way too much.
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