How to Make a Professional Bun

Professional buns add a boost of polish and elegance to any outfit.
Professional buns add a boost of polish and elegance to any outfit. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Buns are reminiscent of ballerinas and the beauty of dance on stage. Fortunately, buns can be worn with many different styles for a chic and polished look. Buns are an ideal fashion statement with jeans and a feminine blouse or with a simple black dress. This look is best suited for longer hair which can be used to twist into the required shape. The professional bun can be accomplished in a few minutes and with just a little care.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairbrush
  • Thick elastic hairband
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair spray

Gather all of the hair up to the highest point at the center and back of the head and hold in place with one hand. Use the other hand and a hairbrush to brush along the sides of the head to smooth out the hair. Brush the top and the bottom of the hair while still holding the bulk of the ponytail at the crown of the head. Remove all ruffles and out-of-place hairs so that all of your hair is smooth and seamless.

Secure the ponytail in place using a thick elastic band. Place the hairband around the ponytail, twist the hairband and pull the ponytail through again. This step should be repeated two or three times to create a secure ponytail. Once again, the ponytail should be situated at the high back and center of the head.

Twist the ponytail clockwise tightly from the base of the hairband. Lay the first hair protruding from the hairband in an arc over the ponytail elastic to start forming the bun. Only make a half circle to start.

Insert about three bobby pins along this first twisted arc. The bobby pin should be opened slightly and pushed towards the center of the newly forming bun.

Continue twisting the rest of the hair and going in a spiral pattern laying the rest of the ponytail into the bun. For every few inches you create in the spiral, insert a few bobby pins to secure the hair in place.

Secure any wispy hairs using bobby pins. The bun should be seamlessly smooth with no protruding hairs. Use a light mist of hairspray around the entire head and the bun to smooth and shine the entire hairdo.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a hairnet on the finished bun to get an even sleeker and controlled bun.
  • Use a sparing amount of hairspray so that the pulled-back hair does not look like a helmet.

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