Bird’s Nest Bun

Hairstyle of the Day

One really great thing about having naturally curly hair is that I never have a lack of volume. My favorite up-do is my bird’s nest bun. It’s so easy to do and it’s great for rainy, humid summer days like today. Probably the best thing about it is that it takes about 4 minutes from start to finish.

I went to bed with wet hair last night which can often be a recipe for disaster in the morning. Sometimes my locks are perfectly curled and sometimes I resemble my frizzy-haired 12 year old self (I will NOT post a picture). Either way, a bun is a wonderful alternative to actually having to put time and effort into your hair. More importantly, no heat required!

Step 1: Put your hair into a high pony securing it with a strong hair elastic. Make sure your hair on top, sides and bottom are relatively smooth. (This may require a little heat from your flatiron if your hair is curly like mine, or just a lot of hairspray)

Step 2: If you’re looking for a real HUGE family-sized nest, you will want to tease your pony a bit. I separate mine into 4 or 5 sections and back comb with a fine tooth comb. I spritz a little hairspray in each section to make sure the extra volume holds. Note: some days I like a smooth looking nest, like what you’d picture from a swan. In this case, I don’t tease.

                                                                        FAMILY-SIZED BUN

Step 3: Find about 800 bobby pins. I don’t really have a method to the bun formation part. This morning I pushed the pony tail against my head and started spinning it loosely. Then I started putting bobby pins in here and there. Once you feel it’s safe to let go, do so and see if any parts fall out. Other times I’ll take different pieces and cross them over here and loop them there and pin. Sometimes I put too many bobby pins in and it gives me a headache (below).

Step 4: Please remember there is more to your head than what you can see in the mirror. People have to look at the back of your head too, so do them a favor and make sure it looks just as nice as the front. Grab another mirror (I use the mirror  that I do my make up in) and go into your bathroom and inspect the back of your head. Bring a few more bobby pins with you to pin the loose strands or disobedient pieces.

If you feel that you need a little more control over the front of your hair that is pulled back, spray some hairspray on it and run your comb through to smooth it out. I also put a bobby pin in the back to hold those guys up and hide it with the direction of my hair.

Well, happy nesting!


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