31
Jan

Tutorial: My Take on the Fun Bun

Number 1 most FAQ lately? “How on earth do you get your hair up in a bun like that?” My dears, I’m here to help you out.

I’m sure you’re no stranger to the variety of fun bun hair tutorials that are floating ’round the fashion-and-beauty blogosphere lately (see The Beauty Department for several good ones if you have long hair).  I’m a particular fan of Liz Stanley’s (Say Yes to Hoboken) sock bun tutorial as I’m still growing my hair out and needed, shall we say, a boost to my bun. Ha. But I found myself getting frustrated because the socks were a wee bit unwieldy; I couldn’t ever get consistent results despite liking how it looked when I finally did get it right. And keeping it all pinned together was, again, difficult.  So when I stumbled upon the (terribly-named) hair donut (UGH) at Ulta one day, a lightbulb went on. Aha! Way easier than the sock!

While I have only ever seen them in real life at Ulta, you can find hair donuts (GAH! Again with the name!!) readily available online at Folica and other places. Google ‘hair donut’ and the options are endless both in size and in color. Don’t be confused when you order the size; to get the bun size like mine, I use the 3″ version. They come as big as 6″ which is ridiculously large. I like the Conair version (branded to be a “Ballerina Bun Maker”) because the material is pretty sturdy and holds up better than other ones I’ve tried, despite the fact that it’s brunette in color and clearly I am a blonde.

Let’s talk a minute about my hair so you can get an idea of what I’m working with in the photos below. My hair is ridiculously thick and you can see in the above photo that it’s now grown out below my shoulders. I can probably get the same result sans-donut if I tease it a LOT, but I like the consistency of the donut, so that’s what I’ll use ’til it gets long enough on its own.

Step 1: Get that hair UP! Think cheerleader as you pull it up in a high ponytail. Any type of thin hairtie will work. I use these. Adjust as necessary. I don’t want the ponytail to be too severely tight, so I usually adjust the strands around my face, and make sure that while it’s still sleek, it’s still a little bit full.

Step 2:  Tease the living daylights out of your ponytail. This step is KEY. If you want it to have the thick, full-looking texture (similar to this now-famous girl, as seen at Alt Summit), you must tease it within an inch of its life. I use a bristle brush or a rattail comb to get the desired effect. I tease it so much that it can stand straight up on its own. Literally. I also like to tease my husband with it too. Erm, wait. That sounded weird. I mean I like to make him laugh with how funny my hair looks standing straight up. Ok, moving on.

Step 3: Add the donut. You basically put it on kinda like a scrunchie by pulling your ponytail through the donut. Then tease some more. Yes. MORE.

Step 4: Start to wrap your hair around the donut. Because of the donut’s scratchy texture, it should hold pretty well. Keep wrapping it around and tuck the ends into the base.

Step 5: Using your old-school hairpins (I like these by Bumble & Bumble), use them to hold the bun in place. Need an excellent tutorial? Check out Reagan Breinholdt’s hairpin tutorial here. You will never want to use another bobby pin again. I swear. Plus hairpins don’t hurt your head the way bobbies do.

Step 6: Smooth any stray hairs and you’re good to go!

Whaddya think? Are you rockin’ the fun bun these days?

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  • Shannon Darrough

    FAB tutorial! I’ve never used a hair donut, but I may need to get one! 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!!!

  • Shannon Darrough

    FAB tutorial! I’ve never used a hair donut, but I may need to get one! 

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you!!!

  • Danielle

    I can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to do this.

    • Anonymous

      I swear, the bun is the ONLY reason I am growing my hair out!

  • Danielle

    I can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to do this.

    • RachelShingleton

      I swear, the bun is the ONLY reason I am growing my hair out!

  • http://mandyford.blogspot.com/ Mandy @ This Girl’s Life

    Very cute! I might have to get one of those donuts *giggle* and try this myself!

    • Anonymous

      Worst.word.ever isn’t it? Simon makes fun of me all the time.

  • http://mandyford.blogspot.com/ Mandy @ This Girl’s Life

    Very cute! I might have to get one of those donuts *giggle* and try this myself!

    • RachelShingleton

      Worst.word.ever isn’t it? Simon makes fun of me all the time.

  • http://cookieandkate.com/ Cookie and Kate

    I never would have guessed that there’s a donut under there! Buns are so cute but my hair is so heavy and thick that they often give me headaches! I finally found rubber bands strong enough to hold my hair up there, though. Must try again.

  • http://cookieandkate.com/ Cookie and Kate

    I never would have guessed that there’s a donut under there! Buns are so cute but my hair is so heavy and thick that they often give me headaches! I finally found rubber bands strong enough to hold my hair up there, though. Must try again.

  • Taylor

    Love love love this! I will definitely try this!

  • Taylor

    Love love love this! I will definitely try this!

  • Kira

    I have been wearing my hair in a bun, without the ahem, aforementioned hair paraphernalia named after a FOOD!, but I admit, it seemed tight. Either I am not teasing it enough, or I am going to have to try out this, ahem, aforementioned item. Great tutorial, Rachel! I love the character you are bringing to the blog. Through your help (and a few other fun bloggers), I feel like I am FINALLY figuring out my own style, and with the help of ebay, I am starting to feel more like my true self when I walk out the door. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Yippee!! I love hearing that!

      Yes, I understand about it feeling tight. Once you have it in the ponytail, stick your fingers around your crown and kinda wiggle the hair a little so it doesn’t seem so tight. Sometimes when it’s too tight, it can come off looking severe, which is definitely not putting the “fun” in “fun bun.”

  • Kira

    I have been wearing my hair in a bun, without the ahem, aforementioned hair paraphernalia named after a FOOD!, but I admit, it seemed tight. Either I am not teasing it enough, or I am going to have to try out this, ahem, aforementioned item. Great tutorial, Rachel! I love the character you are bringing to the blog. Through your help (and a few other fun bloggers), I feel like I am FINALLY figuring out my own style, and with the help of ebay, I am starting to feel more like my true self when I walk out the door. Thanks!

    • RachelShingleton

      Yippee!! I love hearing that!

      Yes, I understand about it feeling tight. Once you have it in the ponytail, stick your fingers around your crown and kinda wiggle the hair a little so it doesn’t seem so tight. Sometimes when it’s too tight, it can come off looking severe, which is definitely not putting the “fun” in “fun bun.”

  • http://twitter.com/HelloMoxie Denise Crew

    This is AWESOME!  I’m googling that donut right now. The hairstylists always have those on set but for some reason I thought they were uber expensive & hard to find. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah, these are so not expensive that I’ve purchased. I think the Conair one was, like, $5?

  • http://twitter.com/HelloMoxie Denise Crew

    This is AWESOME!  I’m googling that donut right now. The hairstylists always have those on set but for some reason I thought they were uber expensive & hard to find. 

    • RachelShingleton

      Oh yeah, these are so not expensive that I’ve purchased. I think the Conair one was, like, $5?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1331718831 Jackie Welsh Maresca

    Thanks, Rach!!! I’ve been wondering how to do these. I just have one question. Do you tease and then put the hair circular fried cake on, or put that on first and then tease?? The pics look like before, and the instructions say after. I have incredibly thick hair, too. But mine is loooong!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been known to tease both before & after. I’m a serious tease (ha), so the more, the better, IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1331718831 Jackie Welsh Maresca

    Thanks, Rach!!! I’ve been wondering how to do these. I just have one question. Do you tease and then put the hair circular fried cake on, or put that on first and then tease?? The pics look like before, and the instructions say after. I have incredibly thick hair, too. But mine is loooong!

    • RachelShingleton

      I’ve been known to tease both before & after. I’m a serious tease (ha), so the more, the better, IMO.

  • http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/ Adventures in Dressmaking

    Fun! I use a hair donut, too, but I have longer hair so I have to deal with the ends of the ponytail after I wrap it!

  • AdventuresinDressmaking

    Fun! I use a hair donut, too, but I have longer hair so I have to deal with the ends of the ponytail after I wrap it!

  • Anonymous

    Great tutorial! I might have to try this donut, too. I just recently (uh, last weekend. I’m late to the game.) attempted the sock bun. I loved it and rocked it all weekend, but my hair is pretty thin and slips around on the sock too much. Looks like that texture on the donut would be nice to have.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree completely – the texture of the donut allows you to have a little bit sturdier of an up-do.

  • http://www.eversoemily.com/ Emily

    Great tutorial! I might have to try this donut, too. I just recently (uh, last weekend. I’m late to the game.) attempted the sock bun. I loved it and rocked it all weekend, but my hair is pretty thin and slips around on the sock too much. Looks like that texture on the donut would be nice to have.

    • RachelShingleton

      Yes, I agree completely – the texture of the donut allows you to have a little bit sturdier of an up-do.

  • Ashlie

    Great tutorial! My hair is also shoulder length (growing out is so annoying, isn’t it?!?) I never knew those donut things existed…so thanks! -Ashlie (@EmbellishLife)

  • Ashlie

    Great tutorial! My hair is also shoulder length (growing out is so annoying, isn’t it?!?) I never knew those donut things existed…so thanks! -Ashlie (@EmbellishLife)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=39102393 Jess Jamison Hissem

    So cute! I wish I had long hair to wear it like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=39102393 Jess Jamison Hissem

    So cute! I wish I had long hair to wear it like this.

  • mermag.blogspot.com

    so cute. and so great meeting you at ALT!

  • mermag.blogspot.com

    so cute. and so great meeting you at ALT!

  • Kerimbradford

    You look so cute with a bun! You really have the best hair!

  • Kerimbradford

    You look so cute with a bun! You really have the best hair!

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  • arlene

    where do you buy the donuts?

    • RachelShingleton

      I got mine at Ulta, but you can find them online many places too.

    • bezzels1998

      You can get these form gloss (that is if you live in Australia) :)

  • Buono37

    where do you buy the donuts?

  • Becca Shaww

    you can buy donuts from primark or boots :)

  • bezzels1998

    You dont have to have shoulder length hair! My hair goes past my bum and i wear this style nearly everyday :) I love your Hair btw :)

  • http://twitter.com/cwoodworth cwoodworth

    Dear Lord, the hair donut has saved me from ever fighting with a sock bun ever again!!!!! thank you!!!