I've been resisting the bun forever, but it seems I have no choice. My good friend who has natural 3c hair (waist length when dry!) swears by the bun. She said that helped her get started with the mad crazy length she now has.

As for my hair, the parts at the front aren't long enough to reach all the way to the back for a pony or bun, but I'll do my best. Do you think I should pin back the front part in some way, or maybe lay it down with a scarf to encourage growth? Also I don't want my sides to get too thin by pulling them back hard.. is there any way to avoid that happening?
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My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)