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Hair Tutorials: The Simple Side Bun

On Tuesday, I featured the sock bun.  But the truth is, that I’ve never worn a sock bun.  I prefer to create my buns with something I call the roll-and-pin method.  I searched like a mad women for a tutorial, and I was just about to give up my quest, when I spotted this side bun tutorial. 

This tutorial from the EBeautyBlog will teach you how to create a bun the way I do.  Once you get the hang of it, you can use this tutorial to quickly create simple, stylish buns.  This method also works on almost any length hair since I’ve been using since my hair was above my shoulders. 

I use it all the time.  In fact, I’m wearing a low, pinned bun right now.

If you really want to jazz it up, I often wear my hair in a twisted updo like the one found in this tutorial.  But instead of doing the twisted bun in the back, I style my hair into a pinned bun by pulling the two twisted sections into a simple ponytail.  For me the twisted bun looks best if my hair is a bit wavy, the creator of the tutorial prefers to go with the wet look.  To each, her own.

These are both great hairstyles for rainy, humid days when nothing you do will make it possible for you to wear your hair down and have it look great.  Moisture in the air is simply, a coif killer.

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  1. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    Belle, I realize this may be a REALLY stupid question, but what is the correct way to use bobby and hair pins? Are there different methods for different pins? I have very thick, nearly bra-length hair and cannot for the life of me use them to make anything, even tiny pieces, stay secure. Anything I have done falls out about 20 mins later. I know I must be doing this wrong. I would LOVE to use them to pin my hair up, but every attempt has ended with frustration and a sore neck and shoulders. I would love to see a very basic tutorial about how to use pins. Again, I realize I may just be an idiot.

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  2. HMB says:

    Love that style! Thank you for posting all these hair tutorials – it's super helpful!

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  3. Tel says:

    @Dr. Jean Grey: I have not yet mastered the art of the hair pin, but the best bobby pins I've found are the “no-slip grip” pins by Scunci, https://www.amazon.com/Scunci-Hair-Bobby-No-Slip-Blended/dp/B004GLBKTY/ref=sr_1_7?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1332433064&sr=1-7, which come in multiple colors. (I believe Goody makes something similar.) The inside of the pin has grooves which keep hair from slipping out. They're fantastic!

    Also, for easy and no-fuss updos, it's hard to beat the convenience of the Goody Spin-Pins, https://www.amazon.com/Goody-Simple-Styles-Assorted-Colors/dp/B003FVDNO6/ref=sr_1_5?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1332433064&sr=1-5. They come in two colors and two sizes, and are so easy to use that I can make a low side chignon without a mirror while riding the lurching Orange Line. Assuming you catch your hair in them properly, the spin pins lock in far more hair than a bobby pin and provide a very secure hold.

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  4. Lindsay says:

    Belle – where have you found clear hairties? What brand do you use? I for some reason have trouble finding ones that aren't extremely small.

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  5. b says:

    Lindsay: The best, best, best clear hairties are by Blax. They honest to God, slide right out of my hair (which is thick, wavy and long), are incredibly durable (i've rarely had one snap), and you can get them in a 4mm thicker size. I'll never use anything else. https://www.smoothiesstore.com/blax-hair-accessories.html

    March 22, 2012/Reply
  6. Ilona says:

    Do you have any tutorials or suggestions for women with thick hair? My hair is thick enough that bobby pins don't do squat to hold up anything unless I spray it with a ton of hairspray (literally…a ton!). I've seen a few via Lauren Conrad, but not much else. Thanks!

    March 23, 2012/Reply
  7. Rebekah says:

    I wear my hair like this all the time – love it!! Incase you haven't heard of them, Goody has created a hair pin called Spin Pins. They are amazing!!!! You don't have to worry about them loosening throughout the day or popping out if you try to pin too much hair.

    March 28, 2012/Reply