Let’s Talk About Buns, Hun

18 May

Now that the weather is warming up and Maryland is getting steamy, I’m always searching for ways to keep my hair back without looking like I just crawled out of bed. Last year, my ‘go to’ look was to clip my bangs back with a barrette and do a French braid that fell over my shoulder. This year, my hair is a little shorter – due to a major chop session last fall – so my French braid is kind of stumpy and sad.

Which brings us to buns, hun.

I have three different (super simple) buns that I’m kind of loving right now, so I figured I’d share them with you along with the tools I use to get each look.

Bun #1: Using a Hairpin
Tools: Aluminum and Pearl hairpin (I have this one)

Buns - hairpin

This is the easiest bun for those of you with long hair – all you do is grab your hair and hold in a ponytail, then wind it around into a circle. Then, you just stick something through to hold it — I typically use a pencil, pen or chopstick. When I want to be fancy, I use this pretty hairpin I found on etsy to make the bun look much more ‘on purpose’ than shoving a pen in there.

Buns - hairpin style

Bun #2: Using a Clip
Tools: Kimono Fabric Hair Clip (I bought mine at an accessories store called Lou Lou, but they don’t seem to have it online. I found some similar styles here and here)

Buns - hairclip

For so many years I tried to do a bun with one of those little claw clips, only to have it loosen and fall off my head within a few minutes. When I found this clip at the mall, I almost swooned… it is THAT fantastic. It holds all my hair securely, even when going for the ‘messy bun’ look. I followed the same steps as with the last bun, but instead of using a hairpin I just shoved the clip into place.

Buns - hairclip style

Bun #3: Using a Sock
Tools: Two ponytail holders and a kids sock with the toe cut off.

Buns - sock

Yeah, that’s right… I tried a sock bun. I wanted something with a little more volume, but I didn’t want to go for the full sock bun (which can look like a huge hair fascinator stuck on your head). To make the bun smaller, I switched out the typical-sized sock for one of Jack’s and it gave me just enough puff. I purposely chose a dark colored sock so that it wouldn’t be as noticeable in my hair.

Here’s how I made this one:

  • Pull hair into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder.
  • Put sock on the ponytail.
  • Wrap hair around sock to cover it up as best as you can. Secure with the second ponytail holder.

Buns - sock style

What do you think, am I pulling the sock bun off? This is my first time trying it, so I think I might need a little more practice before I leave the house with a kid’s sock in my hair. Hmm… that is an awfully weird sentence.

Are you a ‘buns’ girl? What is your favorite way to get the messy-pretty bun look? Were you singing Sir Mix-a-Lot the whole time you read this post?

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9 Responses to “Let’s Talk About Buns, Hun”

  1. Quirky Chrissy May 18, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    My go-to is a messy side bun (which I can only do with wet hair) but if my hair is a bit greasy, I rock a side braid (no French here) or occasionally pigtail braids.
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    • Joules May 18, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      I totally rock the pigtail braids when I run! =)

  2. Jessy May 18, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    You have such pretty hair and I like all of the styles you tried on you! 🙂

    • Joules May 18, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Awww, thanks so much Jessy. I’m thinking it’s time for me to go a little more red…

      • Jessy May 18, 2015 at 10:04 am #

        Well you know I root for red 🙂

  3. Holly Hester May 18, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I love all three buns. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do a cute bun for me and for my daughter, and I’m totally trying these. Thanks!

    • Joules May 18, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks Holly! I swear, they are all SUPER easy! =)

  4. ThatAshGirl May 20, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Love all three! I’m a huge fan of the messy bun. I’m one of those people that when they’re doing something physical can’t STAND to have my hair in my face. Doesnt’ help that I have a lot of hair that leans towards “crazy stuck my finger in a light socket”. Most days, by 3pm in the office, my hair ends up in a bun. I can do it with anything from your standard hair tie to bobby pins to a pencil.
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    • Joules May 20, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      I use a pen a lot and I’ve learned the hard way NOT to choose the ones with the grippy part on them. OUCH!

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