How to Easily Do a Chic Sleek Low Bun on Natural Hair

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I wanted to show you how I do a sleek low bun on my natural hair. This sleek low bun hairstyle can last days and it's super easy to do. It can be done on many hair types. What's important is that you don't have to have a tight hairstyle just to make it lay down flat and neither does your hair have to be straight! Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Scarf
  • Toothbrush
  • Gel
  • Detangling shampoo
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Hair elastic
  • Detangling brush
  • Comb
Parting and sectioning hair

1. Part and section your hair

The first step is to part your hair to the side. I like to do this before I get into the shower for many different reasons. I also like to shampoo my hair outside of the shower. 

Wetting the hair section by section

Now that your hair is parted to the side, start sectioning it off and wetting it section by section. 

Washing hair out of the shower

2. Wash your hair

I recommend using a really good detangling shampoo with all-natural ingredients to wash your hair. Since I’m washing my hair outside the shower, I simply run the shampoo through my hair and massage my scalp. 

Washing hair with a side part

Then, wash your hair but ensure that you still have a side part. 

Applying leave-in conditioner to hair

3. Apply leave-in conditioner

Next, apply a leave-in conditioner to half of your hair and detangle it a little more. My hair at this stage is fairly detangled (which I’m really happy about) and it makes it easier to work with. 

Twisting and curling hair into a bun

Once you’re done with one section, twist it and curl it into a bun. Then, move onto the other half. 

Applying gel to the part

4. Apply gel

Next, apply a large amount of gel to your part. Also, run it through the edges and sides of your hair. 

Smoothing the gel along the hair

Smooth out the gel with your fingers. 

Goin over the roots with a brush

5. Smooth out the roots

For this step, you can use a bristle or detangling brush to go over your roots. This will detangle your hair a little more, making it easier to work with and pull back for that sleek low bun natural hair look. 

Pulling hair back into a sleek low bun

6. Make a sleek low bun

Pull your hair back in a bun. It doesn’t have to be tight; it can be loose. 

Smoothing the edges with a toothbrush

7. Smooth the edges

With a toothbrush, go ahead and slick down the edges. Add a little gel if necessary. 

Wrapping hair in a headscarf

8. Wrap hair in a headscarf

Once you’re done smoothing down the edges, wrap a headscarf around your head and let it set for a few hours.

How to do a sleek low bun

After checking on it, you can see my hair is gleaming and slick. It’s also nice and hard. If there are no fixes needed, tie it down again, and sleep on it. 

Fixing the flyaways

9. Fix the flyaways

This is the day after, and I have some flyaways, and part of my edges are coming up. Yes, I could leave it as it is, but I’m a perfectionist and need to fix it. You can easily fix this with more gel if this is the case for you. The gel I’m using for this step has a more natural hold. Spread it along the edges and flyaways. 

Sleek low bun with edges

Then, take your toothbrush and smooth it as you did before. 

Tip: You can tie your headscarf once again or simply stop at this step. I want to make sure I don’t have more flyaways throughout the day. 

Sleek low bun

Sleek low bun tutorial

Here’s my sleek low bun! I love how it looks and I also love how easy this hairstyle is! Sure, you need a few hours to get everything flat but it stays that way for a long time.

I hope you found some inspiration in this tutorial on how to do a chic sleek low bun. I’d also love to hear your feedback, so be sure to leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite sleek low bun hairstyles are. 

Suggested materials:
  • Scarf
  • Toothbrush
  • Gel
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