okay, so I really can't explain what I did here because all I did was stuff everything back with bobby pins and then pull out little wisps/strands to soften the look. Closest thing I'll get to a low bun at this length. Anyways, here are some pics.

Also! I found some super cute $2 clips at Forever21 the other day and they are great for pulling back some of the front pieces of hair to keep it out of my face.
http://public.fotki.com/opera-curls/ (I cut my own hair)
Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream