Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DIY Hair Post - The Bun

Let me begin by saying I'm pretty nervous to do this post.  I've never done one before, I'm flattered that so many of you have asked for it, and I hope these directions display just how easy it is to pull off this twisty bun *that my niece calls "the pom-pom" - love her!!*

Please bear in mind that it was 105 degrees outside and 437 degrees in the Chef's bathroom when we took the pictures for this step-by-step on Sunday.  The temperature has currently dropped to 398 degrees on Monday evening and I have spent far too much time eating heavy quantities of orange popsicles after mowing down mad amounts of amazing sushi with two of my best friends who are visiting from out of town.  This summer in fall thing is something I could totally get used to.  I haven't thought of one single thing I neeeeeed for fall in at least 5 days and my wallet is in heaven!  Woo hoooo!!

This twisty bun is my go-to, I can't take anymore heat or fussing hairdo.  Following are the steps I take to make it happen:

I have fine hair, but a lot of it and it has a natural wave to it.
I enhance the wave by adding Bumble and Bumble styling creme and 
scrunching the hair as I lightly blow dry it so it has a bit more volume.
More volume will result in a bun that is more full.

Once the hair is dry I gather it on top of my head approximately
where I would want the bun to sit once it is complete.
During this stage I rake my fingers through the waves/curls in front and on
top of my head to get a bit of lift in front.

You probably couldn't tell, but I had a thick ponytail holder on my wrist 
that I flip over for easy access onto my hair.  
I begin by proceeding as if I'm going to put a high
ponytail atop my head.  

I have a lot of hair so I only have to wrap it twice around.  The goal is for it to be
a bit snug, but not too tight because you have to leave room 
for all your hair to rest inside it at the end.

Here is where you flip what would be a regular ponytail to the front, BUT
you don't pull it all the way through.  The hair has gone through the ponytail 
holder twice and is now being flipped to the front like so:

See how I've swiveled the remaining length of the hair to the front 
and am essentially reversing a ponytail that has not been pulled 
all the way through.  
Next you determine how full you want the bun to be by how much hair
you have or want to pull through.  

I like a poofy bun, but I also have a lot of hair. 
See how there's a degree of fullness to the bun itself, 
and the ends of my hair are resting
in front atop my head.  
Here's another shot that's straight on so you can get a 
better sense of the volume in the bun and ends left over.
Next I take the ends and basically divide them in half, wrapping
them around to the back at the base of the bun like so:

Sometimes I have shorter lengths that I let rest like a little nest in front.
I'm a fan of the messy, poofy bun because it's very carefree
and I don't have to worry about any hairs escaping and looking a mess 
throughout the day.

Finally, if I'm able to, I tuck some of the ends up into the bun -
especially if it's come loose - and then secure the long ends with 
bobby pins in the back toward the base of my neck, but leaving
some loose curly pieces hanging in the back.

Because there was a heat wave outside and in the bathroom we completely 
forgot to get a front picture of the finished result for a finale shot.  Oops!!
You can however see it a little here in yesterday's post because this
is the hair I wore out a short time after we took the pictures.

Or here is another classic example of how it turns out:
Sorry this isn't a closer picture, but you get the basic idea.

You can also see closer versions of the bun here, here, here and here.  I hope this DIY portrays how quick this hair can be.  Often I roll out of bed after a nap or the next morning, toss it up like so and go.  It is my hair saving solution!!

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Hope we don't melt today in SoCal!  It was 113 degrees in LA and 111 at my place near the beach yesterday.  Crazy!


Erin said...

This is such a wonderful hairstyle. It's so classy!

Claire Kiefer said...

1. 113 in LA??? Can't believe I've been complaining in San Francisco!
2. You look adorable and your bun is perfect. :)

this free bird said...

Claire why are you up. Wait a second...why am I up?? Oh yeah, popsicles and besties here visiting! Yay!! but not enough time together. Wah :(

Anonymous said...

I love it. So much cuter than what I can come up with. Sometimes (and by "sometimes" I mean 6 days a week), I just fix the front pieces of my hair and pull the rest back in an effort to fool people. It fools no one though. I need something different...

shopgirl said...

Wow! Although, I don't do much with my hair. It's too difficult and I never developed the skills :-)). I loved reading this. It might inspire me to try something new.

Thanks for the hair tutorial sweetie!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love the bun...and I am going to try it today evening...I cant wait!!! Yay:)
Great post,sweetie

The Owl's Closet said...

Great DIY! Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us:) You're so lucky you made it to the beach! Oh my gosh, I'm melting in this crazy weather!! lol Btw, love the outfit above, especially those shorts!:)


Collette Osuna said...

Great DIY:) Love it!!!Ive done this before...but I pulled the hair through the back of the ponytail...Ill try pulling through the front then wrapping around....yours looks great!!

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Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Lovely DIY, sweetie - and your bun looks so French too;-)

Anonymous said...

Carrie, you have tight buns... ha... couldn't resist and I know you have a good sense of humor! Seriously, I love your hair up!! xo

Jessica said...

I'm such a fan of this easy, go-to hairstyle. It's one of my favorites too. I have fine, straight hair though, so it's not as voluptuous as your version!

FarmGirl said...

Love this! Going to try it. My buns never come out that pretty.

Cara said...

Carrie, Great tutorial! Maybe I will try this-I hope my hair isn't too think and long :/

LyddieGal said...

That's a good bun! I think I wore my hair like that for 5 years straight. But I've become much better at mixing things up now.

Mademoiselle Deva said...

I love your hair style!!! so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

love the bun! gonna try it when back home tonight



Stacey said...

I actually was admiring the bun in that prior post that you did. Great diy. I love buns, especially when it is very hot! xx

Chas said...

Awesome DIY. I'm going to try it tonight, hopefully my hair is long enough!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i have FINE and THIN hair - prob same length if not a little longer - but i don't think i could pull that off - i'm talkin' FINE/THIN hair here *boohoo*

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Closet Fashionista said...

YAY! Great DIY :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

I love it!!!! It's absolutely adorable!!!! Okay beyond adorable! How have you been lately?!


Nell said...

That is awesome. I'm wearing my hair like this tonight! x

A said...

your clothing style never ceases to amaze me! great outfit and it looks so chic with that wonderful bun :) i love sticking to this look for humid days to get it off of my neck!

Cool Gal said...

Love your bun. I "sport" one all the time, too. Super easy and looks great!

Have a nice day!

**Hope things cool down a bit!

Leia said...

I love your poofy bun! Must try it out! :D


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the bun DIY - I just tried it and it's so fun and easy (my hair's a little long though, I'm sure it'll look better when it's shorter!)

Anna Jane said...

love your bun (hehe) and thanks for the DIY! I have fine hair, but a lot of it too. people never seem to know what that means...

i'm still obsessed with that outfit, too.

xx aj

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Annie said...

Awww you did SUCH a great job capturing and explaining how you do it! I love your hair like that. I'm afraid I don't have enough of my fine hair to make it work.. but I will definitely give it a try. xo

Nikki said...

Awesome tutorial! Your hair looks amazing this way and so lucky that it actually stays when you put it up! (mine is too fine)

Love it!


Isabel said...

i love to wear messy buns :) sp practical when theres no time to do hair

Lacey in the City said...

I've actually never done a bun this way! I will have to try it next time I wear my hair up. Maybe this weekend while I'm in LA, if it's still 113 degrees!


It's gorge sweetie! What a fabulous tutorial. I'm going to give it a shot. My hair is pretty similar to yours :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

You look so great in the last photo. Love the outfit and, of course, the hair!

Josie said...

You look SO chic with this fun hairdo, Carrie, but I'm sure that I would look utterly ridiculous. Jealoussss.
xo Josie

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

My buns are always too tight and not messy enough, and I only ever accomplish the perfect messy bun when I'm throwing it up to wash my face... which no one ever sees. I can never recreate it on demand, so this is a great help!!

X Cristina

michelle_ said...

thank you SOOOOOO much for this tutorial !
been wondering for ages how people make this sort of buns !


Caroline said...

So glad you posted this!

Marcie said...

I always wondered how you did this. It is the best look on you. I always wear my head up, so I may give this a go.

xo M

kendall k. said...

that is the most perfect bun!!!!

la petite coquine said...

I'm such a fan of the messy bun, but I'm a little too obsessive to ever seem to pull it off! Suddenly I end up with hairspray flying and bobby pins everywhere. Nice to have a little tutorial!

Couture Carrie said...

Gooooorgeous, darling!
Love this whole look!


20 York Street said...

Girl, you're a pro! I'll attempt to copy!

Valerie said...

I'm so glad you did this Carrie! I tried to do a bun like this a few weeks ago and could not get it to stay. I'm definitely doing your version next time I try. It's adorable! I still can't get over the heat yesterday. I was in heaven and didn't even mind walking around downtown in 113 degrees. It felt oddly refreshing after a summer of goosebumps. And so true that it makes my shopping hiatus a little easier.


johanna said...

SUCH A PRETTY HAIR! Love the hair style

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

haha, great tutorial! :) i love a good poofy bun (it gives me some much needed extra height :P)

hip hip gin gin said...

I can't put my hair in a bun to save my life, but I am definitely trying this! It looks like I could (maybe?) pull it off. Either way it looks fantastic on you! Hope you are able to stay cool today. Warmth in the fall is all fine and good but I can't imagine 113 degrees is a fun time, oy.

Daisy said...

great tutorial! I always called this do the "bunble". i dunno, weird name my cousins and I made up. I think it suits it tho!

Colleen said...

SO funny that you did this post!! I was just thinking the other day about requesting that you do a DIY post (like this) for your parted ponytail with small poof. However, I think that one is pretty self explanatory and I am much happier with the bun!! My hair is the same length as yours and also very fine, so I can def do this look. Thanks!!! You look fab!

Ashleigh said...

I love it!! Thank you sooo much for sharing, I need a new way to play with my long sometimes boring hair. Don't burn up over there - can't believe the heat - wowza!

Travels in Heels said...

Love the bun! I wish I had enough hair to do that. I also love the finished product shot of your posing.


Anonymous said...

I'm jealous that it's so hot over THERE because it is pretty cold already over HERE, I was wearing two jumpers and a jacket today! I am really lazy with my hair and hate styling it, which is sort of weird because I always put make-up on, without fail! I like your poofy style, suits you :-)

ABIGAIL NY said...

Love it, my hair isn't as long as yours but, I can still do a bun. Although not like yours!!


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Jammer said...

Love it! I think I have the same hair type as you so I may need to try the bumble and bumble!

PhotoPuddle said...

That looks really cool. My hair never looks that great in a bun!

Bren said...

Great DIY Carrie! This is basically my hairstyle from the moment I step foot into the house! Especially in this redic weather! Hope you're not melting. :)

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Beckerman Girls said...

Girl..I love your buns!!hahaha...I mean bun! It's so chic! Also, are your shorts from Aritzia? I just got a pair from there and they look exactly like yours!!! They are killer!!!!!
xoThe Beckerman Girls


this free bird said...

Hey Girls Haaaaay! Yes they are from Aritzia. WOO HOO!! They are the most amazing EVAH!!


iloveyouvalentine said...

so adorable!
this is a really popular hairstyle in japan :)

Kristin said...

Ok, how come my buns never look that good??

Marie a la Mode said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm so gonna try it! woo hoo

RedPoppy said...

Love this post so much! Fab bun. x

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Very cute and i just might be able to do this... still love that picture of you.

Kate said...

Ahh, what a great post! I have such bun-envy... my front hairline kind of recedes and doesn't make for as pretty a bun as you have! But I love the tip of having the pieces come out the front and then wrapping them around! So neat! Thanks love!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love it! Ever since my curlers died I've been trying to do something like this actually. I will have to try your step-by-step process!

Johanna said...

Ok, I tried this today. My bun did not look nearly as cute as yours. What the?

Jess said...

Can't believe it's still that warm there. I'm jealous - I had to turn my heater on in my car for the first time this morning - UGHHH.

Love the hair - wish I had enough to do this. My hair is so darn thin!!

this free bird said...

Johanna - the secret to this really is starting w/hair that's fluffy/poofy/wavy from scrunching in the dryer w/adequate product. Keep on trying!


Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This is a great diy!!! Very helpful!
And I must tell you, your outfit in the last picture? HOT!!!! I mean, I know you are literally hot with the heat wave and all, but you are also hot like Nuns would blush =)

Emilie said...

Great tutorial!

Johanna said...

Carrie - I tried today under your guidance and had some success. Thank you, wise one :)

Taj Acosta said...

This is how I wear my hair pretty much every day to work! Glad you like the shampoo! the other good one is the new aveeno line nourish and something?! It has the wheat on the bottles. hugs!!

valncami said...

love the hair & your outfit in the bottom picture, SO CUTE!! thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! we'll be back to visit you soon :]

xo, camilla & valerie

Krystal said...

it's like your bun is legendary!!

Krystal said...

p.s. hi :)

xoxoFashionLady said...

I am going to try that !


DiamondsandTulle said...

LOVE your outfit! Tried this, but I think my hair is too stick straight - it just stuck up like a peacock. :) Thanks for the DIY though - I'm going to try it on dirty hair when I get a chance.

xx Vivian @ diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com


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