How to Style Your Hair Into a Sleek Bun

by SimplyFunmi
6 Materials
15 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to style a bun with natural hair. I really like this look, it's something that I do whenever I want to look polished. It's also versatile because it can go from day to night-time.

Tools and materials:

  • Headband
  • Hair tie
  • Bobby pin
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Curl control paste
Cutting a headband

1. Cut a headband

Take the headband. You can use any headband of your choice, but I chose one that is satiny and so is soft on my hair.

I find that headbands that are made from cotton take moisture away from my hair and make it more prone to breakage. Cut through the headband to form one long strand 

Brushing hair

2. Brush your hair

Take your brush and brush your hair in an upward motion.

A lot of traditional hairbrushes tend to have bristles that have little balls at the end and those are a big no-no for natural hair. They will snag and pull your hair and make you more prone to breakage.

When brushing your hair, don’t dig into it, just smooth the sides of it and brush it upwards to make it easier to put the hair in a bun.

Tying hair up

3. Tie your hair up

Take that strand to the headband and wrap it around like so.

Then I start to pull upwards and pull the headband tight at the same time.

Once it's pulled to the desired height, tie it in the back into a knot and then tuck the edges underneath.

Styling bun

4. Style the bun

At this point, you can pull out the curls and start to tuck them underneath to form a donut style.

I prefer to wrap my hair all around and then I take a small hair tie and place it over the bun to secure the edges.

Then I take a bobby pin and secure the remaining loose strands of hair and just ensure that everything is nice and tucked and neat and in place.

Brushing hair with a toothbrush

5. Brush your hair with a toothbrush

Next, take a toothbrush. A toothbrush is a neat trick for whenever you want to slick down your edges. It sounds odd, but it actually does a very good job.

I don't know of any regular hairbrush that is as small and really gets the job done. Dip the toothbrush into your curl control paste and brush the edges of your hair all around. This ensures that you get all of your baby hair brushed down and looking nice and sleek. 

I prefer more of a natural look but if you do want your hair to look even more sleek you can apply hair gel at this stage.

Putting a scarf on

6. Put the scarf on

Tie the scarf around your head and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. This will help to make your hair look a lot more neat and polished.

You can do your makeup in this time. Remove the scarf once the time has passed and you’re all set.

Finished bun hairstyle

How to style a bun

Here is the finished bun. It looks stylish and sleek while also looking natural at the same time. I’m really happy with how neat and tidy it is and it makes me feel happy and confident. I hope you’ll give it a go!

Suggested materials:
  • Headband
  • Hair tie
  • Bobby pin
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