When All Else Fails – Bun It!

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

Frizz and humidity is always a huge topic of discussion this time of year. Dew points, impossible to breathe humidity and “hell like” temperatures can mean thunderstorms for your mane. After 10 years in this natural game I have learned to zero in on the ingredient list on the bottle, pay attention to the dew points and basically be prepared for whatever the elements may bring. That being said, I still have a “go to” style that salvages my hair when everything I know fails. The bun has never let me down. Although I have a love affair with the big, disrespectful volume and levels of pouf I achieve when wearing my tresses out, I still heart the bun. It is stylish, sexy and chic, all without trying to be. All week the bun and I have been tight. The temps have been in the 90s and humidity has been off the charts. For me, kicking glycerin to the curb would pretty much do the trick and I could still rock my bigness all over the city but instead I’m enjoying my bun. Not to mention, the maintenance involved is minimal to none. On Saturday I shampooed, deep conditioned and twisted my hair in preparation for bunning it all week. I added my leave in and my DIY mix of shea butter, essential oils and aloe vera gel (high dew points = frizz and aloe vera is great for frizz) and pulled my hair high on top of my head and never looked back. My face and neck are hair free, my ends are sealed and safely tucked and the only thing I do at night is protect it with my satin scarf. It’s effortless and simple like a little black dress, which is works wonders for me. So much so I think the upcoming week will be a repeat of the same.

 The scrunchie is covered up by pinning the hair with a few bobby pins. 
This is an end of the day pic!

What is your humidity proof, if all else fails” hair do? 



Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

48 Weigh in!:
MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

My go to "humidity fail" or "these-twists-didnt-come-out-the-way-I-planned" is definetly a headband that I can pull into either a fluff or just out in the back. I have many of those days.

keisha billups said...

My go to style is a stretchy band that I can either leave the hair out or pull it up into a puff. I don't have enough hair yet for a big bun yet. Yours looks great tho. Can't wait till I reach that level of big beautiful "bun-ness"

hunnybun said...

when I need a break my bun is always there for me but i like to do it on stretched hair from a curlformer set

Gaye Glasspie said...

Holy bun batman!! Love it!

Jeannette Wicks said...

LOL

Jeannette Wicks said...

When all else fails I put on a Bohemian style hat and leave the front of my hair out with twists pulled to the side.

Anonymous said...

Why so many articles about Buns,when the majority of naturals dont have the length for this style??

Brooke B. said...

I usually just pin my twist up or when I get tired of looking at the twist I will do two side buns.

Onebyd42 said...

When all else fails, a puff it is!

shawk said...

i've been bunning it all summer long!!!

Rhonda C said...

High messy bun w/a headband does it for me every time!

k said...

my buns never come out good, i think it is because my hair isnt long enough because i never can achieve that full bun look, would love to bun, especially since high buns seem to be "in" at the moment but nope they dont work for me ;(

Foxyrou said...

I live in a dryer climate, so humidity is not really an issue for me. But, dry heat is a beast, too! When it is extremely dry, I have to keep my hair moisturized to protect it from the environment. Unfortunately, I don't have enough hair to bun it right now. I can't wait until I can achieve a bun!

Foxyrou said...

That's what I'm talking about! I'm rocking a puff right now! :D

hunnybun said...

true that when my hair was shorter a bun was out of the question. and even now the best puffs are formed from frizzy messed up old wash and gos or twist/braid outs.

hunnybun said...

thats my only issue too. I want a big ar$e bun but i need a few more inches first ughhh

'Chone said...

im still transitioning (15 months) so my hair wont act right if i try to bun it lol i usually do bantu knots becuase they always come out good. if im having a lazy day ill put it into a low ponytail but i have to use a thousand bobby pins for that so i usually just do the bantu knots

Thetruthisoutthere said...

I don't have enough length for a bun, so my tried and true, humidity proof, if all else fails” never let me down, "low" to "no" maintenence hair do for my uber-kinky 4c coils in this hot, sticky, rainy, hair-poofing mid-atlantic weather is a wash-n-go with KCCC/KCKT! At night I put on a satin bonnet, in the morning I refresh it with a spritz of Jane Carter Leave in (smells heavenly) and let the shower steam puff it back out like "Foxy Cleopatra".
To style it, I use a teaser comb dipped in a basin of water to encourage my hair to "clump" when applying the KCCC/KCKT. I separate the hair in thin vertical sections, and comb each section with the teaser comb until smooth clumps separate. I do not get coils at this point. I leat the clumps fall from the teeth of the comb, and do not touch. I whip my hair back and forth to loosen up the clumps before drying.
I read CurlyNikki with a fan angled at my do to encourage it to dry quickly. After it's initially "set", I'm out the door! Amazingly, the clumps dry, shrink and separate into cute little 4c ringlets!!

The KCCC/KCKT trick for my 4c excellence is to apply the Knot Today to clean damp hair sectioned with clips.
1. Working one segment at a time, smooth each segment till all tangles are removed.
2. Then I smooth Curling custard on the section. I smooth till they "mix"; the texture changes from "smooth and slippery" to "wet and rough". That's when I KNOW I have the right ratio!
3. If the mixture "foams", foam is no-bueno for my hair. I smooth and remove the foam from my hair. I've found that the foam will dry white & hazy on my hair.
4. I dip my teaser comb in a basin of water to moisturize the section I'm working on. Wetter is better, but you don't want water running all down your back.
hth!!

Erika A. said...

Buns rock!!! I've been wearing bun variations all summer. It's just way too hot & humid to have my hair on my neck :( Plus, they're super easy & cute.

Raven said...

Yeah, glycerin is definitely a product to stay away from especially if you live in the subtropical areas in the South..I'm in Louisiana, where it's humid 24/7, and glycerin triple effects of what humidity does to my hair: swelling my hair up, killing textured styles such as braidouts, etc. I have now turned towards products that do not contain the ingredient and seem to have a bit of hope for my braidouts now lol.


I made a thread about this issue on the CN forums too..feel free to check it out.
http://www.curlynikkiforums.com/general/26941-humectant-free-hair-products-plz.html

Venus said...

I think majority is a bit much.... Your hair doesn't have to be that long to bun your hair. Just to your shoulders is enough. And I know many many naturals hair Are at least that long. Not everyone Bc'd you know... Just a thought

Jamila Williams said...

my high puff always saves the day/night 8)

Anonymous said...

I know everyone hasnt big chopped 'cause I havent and never will. A bun looks great on the lady picture 'cause she has long lose curls. Those "perfect" buns arent as appealing as the so called "mess" bun pictured above.

teennatural said...

Ahah I'm in that awkward hair stage where a bun is out of the question! Buns are too hard for me :(

Michelle B. said...

YESSS! High bun ALL DAY BABY! Lol I love it!

Bobby said...

Yes, very "IN" right now especially after Beyonce rocked a braid bun a few weeks ago....

nola707 said...

Look up ColoredBeautiful on Facebook and Youtube. When her hair was shorter, she did a couple of tutorials for high and side poufs that I found very inspiring. My hair is longer now so I can rock a high bun but it wasn't always long. We all go through different phases/lengths on our natural hair journey.

leslie said...

Guys a faux bun can be created from a puff with the ends pinned around the base of the puff. I rock it all the time on my transitioning hair that isnt very long.

CurvyCurly said...

When all else fails....bun it! High, low, or to the side I bun it with a cute headband. Spin pins, bobby pins, and headbands are my 'rescue' tools for a failed twistout, an old wash n' go, or for rainy and humid days to minimize a pending frizzy mess.

CurvyCurly said...

+1....just too HOT for so much hair resting on my neck.

CurvyCurly said...

I disagree with saying the majority don't have the length for bunning because you don't need as much length as you may think; the hair just needs to be stretched first from maybe a twistout, braidout, bantu knots, or blown out. Just my opinion.

CurvyCurly said...

Definitely a matter of opinion.

Rhonda C said...

Do you have a video showing your technique? I have a 4c curlfriend who might benefit from your technique.

Hilary B. said...

mee too :(
maybe i'll be able to bun by Thanksgiving

hairscapades said...

+1!!!


Shelli

gracie said...

If you don't have the length for a bun made of just your own hair you can check youtube for how to do a sock bun. I was so happy when I worked out how to do this - and it made my hair look longer!

Cint said...

Yes! A bun will get the job done everytime. Sleek buns, messy buns, sock buns...I rock 'em all lol

Thetruthisoutthere said...

No, unfortunately I'm not that tech-savvy! LOL!
Kinky-curly dot com has a tips page with a video. I use NO OTHER PRODUCTS during styling - onl y KCCC+KCKT a basin of water and a comb. Do not use too much product My hair is c-nappy, so it will not spiral when styling. The clumps dry into tiny ringlets.

HTH

hairscapades said...

I'm back ... because a bun saved the day again. I pre-pooed my hair with a combo of Aubrey HSR and Vatika oil, but didn't have time to wash it before I needed to leave to meet some friends. Big Banana Clip Bun to the rescue!!!

Samantha Smith said...

Before I was all about the puff-bun. Now that my hair is a teeny bit longer its all about the retro-knot!

barbaranaturallyspeaking said...

Buns are a great humidity proof style. I actually wore a high bun today. Side buns, and back buns and puffs are also great for humidity.

Rhonda C said...

Thetruthisoutthere,
Thank you for the additional information. I will direct her to the website! Again, thanks! It takes a village....!

Bridgette Simmonds said...

The bun is my BFF too!!! I love it! Get home, take it down and throw my satin G Wrap scarf on and I'm good ta go for another round the next day! Love it! :-)

Taylor said...

Im don't really have my styling hands yet so I just wing it if its humid (thank goodness it hasn't been muggy lately). Maybe I will try to do a puff because my hair doesn't bun well.

CurvyCurly said...

Now that's what I'm talking about......It looks hella moisturized and well put together. Love It! No stress, no worries 'cause......#BunsAreTheBomb.com

CurvyCurly said...

Love it! Hair looks well moisturized, sleek, and pinned to perfection. #BunToTheRescue.

tia said...

When all else fails...two flat twist for me and pin it up in the back.

Amber said...

a puff or a high bun those are my go to in this FL heat :)
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