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Techniques to Achieve the Pefect Bun

By January 27th, 202112 Comments

Techniques to Achieve the Pefect Bun
Continuing Exhale1913’s question from last week:

What technique and products do you use to achieve the perfect bun?

-Wet or dry hair
-Tools used
-Accessories to secure (if any)
-Finished Result (low, high, side, centered, etc.)
-Secrets for ‘slick’ edges (if that’s what you like)

CN’s Response: It’s been a while since I last wet bunned, but I loved the routine- – low maintenance, easy to do, and I saw lots of length retention. The only drawback is that my bun looks skeet for 2 days (until the hair is fully dry). When wet bunning, use less product or your hair will never dry.

My best buns? I get the best buns on freshly done bantu knot-outs (the above pic), twist or braid-outs. In this state, my hair is easy to work with, lacks frizz, and provides enough volume to give me the BIG look that I so crave. I don’t use tools, just my fingers to gather the hair in a high bun, or low side bun. I secure with a satin scrunchy or goody ouchless band and secure loose pieces with bobby pins. As long as I tie my hair up at night, I can rock this style for a week or more!

When I bun now, it’s usually on a 3 or 4 day old Twist-n-Curl. It’s less defined, a bit frizzy, and sometimes the end result isn’t as chic as I’d like. On these days I opt for a messy mid height or low bun. I don’t use any tools to gather my hair, and I secure it with a satin scrunchy or goody ouchless band. In order to get the edges to lay, I usually apply shea butter and put a scarf on before I leave the house. I almost always adorn with a flower, and use a goody headband to hold back my edges.

What about you?


  • Silently_unspoken says:

    i wanted layers of highlights but i don't know how it would look like

  • Anonymous says:

    I'd love to wear a bun, but it seems a bit harsh looking from the front(at least for me anyway). Does anyone have any ideas about softening the look in front with textured hair? I don't have baby hair or bangs and I guess that one strand hanging is an old look.

  • Anonymous says:

    Please Nikki, explain the steps in between securing your pony tail with an ouchless band or satin scrunchy and using the bobby pins or the Goodies spin thingy. Lexi's UTube is good but, I love your big textured look. I can't quite get the big shape that you have, without it looking too wild. I must be missing something!??

  • Anonymous says:

    I dont really understand how to do the bun. are you pinning the sides or what?

  • Kanisha says:

    oooh can't wait til I can do a bun! definitely won't be using a brush on my edges tho- (i don't now!) just gonna slick with me hands!

  • naturallyu says:

    I use old sets to bun too!!! I use old rollersets. When my set starts to get old I first gather it into a ponytail and wear that for a few days then when my ponytail starts looking old I convert it into a bun. I do spray my hair with water first around the sides, brush my edges, gather hair into bun, and place aloe vera gel mixed with coconut oil onto the hair leading to the bun. I tie everything with a scarf and I have waves in the morning leading to my bun.

  • curlyq145 says:

    Are wet buns more damaging than dry buns?

  • KeetaRay says:

    I have yet to try bunning, but I will try it soon. I FEEL my hair isn't long enough, but I know another natural with similar length hair as mine who makes it happen (Lol), so I think I just need to keep practicing.

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Anonymous says:

    Great tips, I've never tried bunning old sets, just my wet hair.

  • Tasha says:

    I wet bun using eco styler for my edges, and regular pony tail holders to hold it. I leave it in for a day, take it down at night to help it dry, and put it back up the next day. I get the most growth from bunning.

  • Anonymous says:

    excellent tips. My hair is too short for buns too, but I'm definitely taking notes!

  • B.Ponius says:

    Your hair is beautiful.. Mine isn't long enough for a bun yet but I will rock it when it gets longer!

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