Natural Hair Styles: The Bun
There are many ways to style natural hair with a bun. The possibilities are especially endless when you have long hair. But even if you don't there are ways to achieve the same looks.
My favorite bun to do when I was transitioning was a simple bun to the back. I would pull my hair into a ponytail, and then twist the ends into two large individual twists. After that, I wrapped each twist around each other and secured them with bobby pins to create a bun.
I would sometimes dressed this style up with head bands, scarves and fun scrunchies. I do this style a lot more now that my natural hair is longer.
If your hair is not yet long nought, you can still achieve this style if you are able to pull you hair into a pony tail. After your hair is in a pony tail, all you need to do is get a pack of straight or kinky kanekalon hair, twist it into one or two large twists, and wrap it around your pony tail just like I described above.
I can change the same style around just a little bit, by positioning the bun at the top of my head, or even off to the sides.
Another bun I like to do is the tuck and pin bun. All I do is put my hair up into a pony tail wrapping the band around twice and then the third time I wrap, I only pull the hair halfway through. Any hair that is left out, I just pin it into place.
This gives me a nice fluffy bun. The longer the hair is the easier it is to do this style. If your hair isn't long enough, this is also a style where you could use synthetic hair. Using the kinky hair is best for a more realistic look.
Another bun that I like to do is the classic donut bun or sock bun. If you don't already have a store bought bun former, you can make one with socks.
To make this style unique, it can be off centered on your head or place on the sides towards the back. This makes it a little more fun.
A bun that I have been recently doing, in an effort to protect my edges, is a simple twist bun with my hairline flat twisted. In my hub: reconstructing my hair regimen, I explain my new regimen that is dedicated to nursing the front portion of my hair back to health with protective styles.
A bun is what I now were most of the time, and I try to keep my edges tucked away with flat twists so that I am not manipulating them as much or tugging them tightly into the bun.
A great tip I have with any bun style is to smooth the hair with gel or shea butter and set it with a scarf. Let the scarf stay on your head for about 15 minutes and you should have nice smooth frizz free hair. Also the longer you leave the scarf on, the better the results.
I hope you have found this helpful and thanks for reading!