Posts Tagged ‘bun tutorial’

COTTON CANDY BUN + THIN GOLD HEADBAND

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

HI! Let’s take a short break from our “Summer Braid” series in the hair department, shall we? A couple days ago I posted a photo on instagram of a client wearing a very voluminous bun on set. I jokingly referred to it as her cotton candy bun which was followed by a lot of requests for a tutorial, so why not?! This is exactly the way I did hers so follow along and recreate the look at home. I’ll also show you how I made that thin goddess-y headband!

You’ll need some embroidery thread. I love the metallic kind and above we used gold but you can use any color you want; mix, match, cooridinate with your dress, whatever! You can usually find embroidery thread at your local fabric/craft store. Here’s a link in case you can’t find it near you. A whole lot cheaper than most headbands these days! Okay, let’s get to the tutorial steps…

  1. Start with a clean, dry, wavy ponytail. You want the ponytail to be large enough to create major volume in your bun making! If you need to add some extensions, try doing it like we did in THIS TUTORIAL! Give it a little wave with a wand or curling iron to plump it up even more!
  2. Now you’re going to use your comb to tease sections lightly. Don’t make it into a rats nest, you just want to give it a few slow, long back-combs with the wider side of your comb. Remember, you’re not teasing for height, you’re just teasing for more volume so be gentle on that hair!
  3. Take all of your ponytail in one hand and give it a light spray. Here we’re using this strongholding hairspray by Sexy Hair. Now twist it into your high bun shape.
  4. Start pinning around the base of the bun. Make sure you’re using strong bobbypins!
  5. I forgot to photograph it but, you should also grab a tail comb. That’s what we used (as you can see in this photo) to gently pull at the bun while adding a little more superholding hairspray. I like doing this more than using my fingers because it doesn’t smash anything. It’s such a tiny tail and you can work it into the middle of the bun to pull more volume pretty easily! Tail comb > fingers.
  6. Now you’re going to need more of that magic pixie powder they refer to as texturizing powder. Remember? We discussed it in detail right HERE! Sprinkle a bit of that in front of the bun. This is going to help hold the embroidery thread in place, big time! I sprinkle it all the way around the bun, even in the back by the nape of the neck because nothing disappoints more than your headband sliding while you’re out and about. The powder is mattifying so it keeps the hair from having any slip. It’s magic I tell you.
  7. Take about a yard of embroidery thread. Start in back as you see in photo 7. Bring it up and around the front past your ears.
  8. Cross it over in the center. Switch pieces into the opposite hands after you cross it over and then tie it together near the nape of your neck. If you don’t have the texturizing powder, you’re going to have to do a lot more work to get this thread to stay put. Lots of hairspray and a couple tiny bobbypins should do the trick.
  9. Once you’ve tied your goddess headband in the back, take the tail of your tailcomb and pull a little in between the strings. I just prefer the look over the hair being flat under the bands.
  10. Now for the final step, pour a little bit more of your texturizing powder over the bun and break it up with your fingers until it has that cotton candy bun look!

Will you try this? If you do will you pleeease tag us so we can see it? Last week we posted a bunch of your Twishtails on our IG, which looked SO amazing by the way. Find us at @thebeautydept and let us know once you’ve posted by hashtagging your with #TBDcottoncandybun

GIANT BUN TUTORIAL

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Since we’re already seeing holiday decorations go up in our favorite stores, we better get some holiday hairstyle ideas up on your faaavorite beauty website! Not sure about you guys but I often find myself working until the very last second, then rushing home, then rushing out with a bottle of bubbly in one hand and red lipstick in the other. With so many fancy festivities toward the end of the year, it’s always a good idea to have some 10 minute hairstyles on tap. This one is definitely a TBD favorite. The style is similar to my signature “Fun Bun” tutorial you might remember from a couple years ago. The main difference is, you can tease this one to make it as voluminous as you’d like. This updo reminds me of one of those super-famous//super-massive//super-chic SJP buns! Alright… here’s how you take your hair from a work bun to a party bun…

You will need: a comb, bobby pins (large + small), a small clear elastic, travel sized hairspray that fits in your purse if you plan on doing this after work without going home.

  1. Take your original topknot down letting it fall into a pony, and then smooth any flyaways with hairspray and the fine side of your comb.
  2. Tease small sections using your favorite teasing comb or teasing brush.
  3. Keep going until you’ve teased the entire ponytail.
  4. Smooth over the front-facing side lightly (not too much) using your comb and then add a small clear ponytail holder about 3-4 inches from the ends as you see in the photo.
  5. Once you’ve secured the small clear ponytail holder, gently roll all of the hair under. Roll it under until the clear ponytail holder meets the big ponytail holder.
  6. Now pin the clear ponytail holder next to your big ponytail holder.
  7. Thread the tail end of the ponytail thru the front as you see in photo 7.
  8. Lightly tease the end of the ponytail.
  9. Now add the tail up and into your bun hairspraying as you go. The reason for this step is this piece will keep your bun from looking like some kind of pastry! The little piece you’re adding in there diffuses the shape of the bun.
  10. Secure the edges of the bun with some hair pins.
  11. Give the bun one final spray all over.
  12. Wait just a couple seconds and then press the bun down like you see in photo 12. Do that a couple times. It gives the bun a little more texture. (Make sure you don’t get any rings caught in it!)

There it is! The big ol’ party bun. Hope you wear it with your favorite sparkly get up this holiday season. Last week we saw so many of your gorgeous Rodarte-inspired braids! If you try this updo, don’t forget to tag us in your instagram @thebeautydept! Can’t wait to see what you accessorize with!