Friday, May 29, 2009

Healthy Hairstyling #2: The Bun

The ends are the oldest part of the hair, and have consequently experienced the most wear and tear. For those with tresses at or past their shoulders, the ends may undergo further weathering due to friction with clothing, sofas, etc.. Thus, it is critical to find styles that protect and retain moisture in the ends, and what better way to do it than with the timeless bun. Here are some versions of this style (Photos from Essence Magazine) ...

CLASSIC BUN (left) and UNIQUE BUN (right):

MULTI-BUNS:

BUNS on kinky/coily/curly hair:
Depending on the curl pattern of your hair, extra preparation may be required for the bun. Women with curly to coily hair may find it easier to style buns on wet or damp hair. Meanwhile, women with coily to kinky hair may prefer to work with stretched hair (via banding, rollersets, etc.) to combat shrinkage. The method you choose also depends on the density and length of your hair. Learn what works for you! In either case, a little water, conditioner, gel, natural butter, or a combination of these ingredients may be applied to the hair to tame any frizzies. Be sure to moisturize the ends of your hair. Also refrain from applying too much tension. The following are various videos on how to do a bun on natural hair:

HOW TO VIDEOS for natural buns:
CURLY/COILY HAIR: tutorial 1 - damp, tutorial 2 - stretched
COILY/KINKY HAIR: tutorial 1 - stretched, tutorial 2 - stretched
For more videos, check out youtube.

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