UPDATED WITH PICTURES OF THE PROCESS!
I’m in a wedding in one month and when I found out that all the bridesmaids were wearing high buns, I immediately thought, “What the heck am I going to do?”
I didn’t want to straighten my hair and I knew it wasn’t going to reach that length in four weeks, so I was clueless. Thankfully, a friend/natural hair Godmother reminded me of my most trusted advisor, Youtube.
After a quick search for women with natural hair styling their hair in buns I was still a bit disappointed, because most of them had shoulder-length hair (at least.) Then, I found some less-watched, videos that offered some useful advice for women whose hair is still in the Teeny Weenie Afro stage. Below, you’ll find the video that I found most helpful and I’ll also let you know how I went about achieving my high bun.
(My hair isn’t even that long!)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Lots of gel (I used Ecostyler Gel)
- Elastic hair tie
- Stretchy headband that can wrap around your whole head
- Plenty of bobby pins
- Hair pins
- 1 Pack of Marley Braiding Hair
- Satin Scarf
- I shampooed and conditioned my hair in the shower, then applied leave-in conditioner and Olive Oil.
- I packed the front half of my hair with gel and brushed it into a ponytail… (more like a pigtail.)
- Next, I applied an ample amount of gel to the back of my hair, brushed it, and put the large elastic around my head. I wrapped it around twice. OUCH! This is not for the weak.
- I pulled the hair tie up gradually, making sure that my hair was smooth as I went. When I felt that my hair would no longer stretch, I pinned the elastic in place so that it would not slip. I was left with a small poof at the top of my head. Keep in mind that the larger the poof, the bigger your bun will have to be to cover it up.
- I proceeded to smooth my edges with gel, my hands and a brush. Any hair that would not reach my poof were pinned down and gelled like there was no tomorrow!
- Next, I took the braiding hair out of the pack and kept it folded in half. There was a rubber band in the middle, which I kept in place and wrapped around the original pigtail/ponytail that I started with.
- Once the hair was secure, I started twisting the hair into a knot, making sure to cover all the hair that was not in the ponytail, bobby pins and the elastic.
- Hair pins were used to shape the bun.
- I tied the hair down with a satin scarf for about an hour.
What do you think?