Today’s hairstyling tutorial is a quick braided bun that would be perfect for an elegant night out or your prom. 🙂
Doesn’t it look beautiful? And it’s easy to do, too! Let’s jump in!
Start with Your Natural Hair Texture
Step 1: Tie Your Hair into a Pony Tail
My sister has really thick hair, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. But this hairstyle should work well, no matter your hair density. Start by combing your hair back into a sleek ponytail directly at the center of the back of your head. If you have bangs, feel free to leave this out.
Step 2: Start Braiding, Leaving Out Sections of Hair As You Go
This part can seem a bit confusing and tricky, but it’s really not. Start braiding, and each time you cross a strand over, take a small section of hair out and let it hang free. I hope the picture above and below that I’ve created will help you understand how to do this. 🙂
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 Till You Reach the End
Continue braiding, leaving out strands of hair as you go. Once you reach the last two or three inches, don’t leave out strands — just braid as normal and tie it off with a small hair tie the same color as your hair (if possible).
Step 4: Create a Bun
Now that you have a braid, begin wrapping it around your original pony tail, as shown above. Take as many pins as you need and secure the bun as you continue to wrap it around. Tuck the tail end of your braid under the bun, so you can’t see the hair tie at the end.
Step 5: Curl the Strands of Hair that’s Left Out
Now that you have your bun, take your NuMe curling wand — whatever size you prefer, but I chose the smallest one — and curl all the strands of hair that’s hanging out of the bun. Don’t worry if it looks lopsided (like my model’s hair does :-), that will be corrected in the next step.
Step 6: Pin Up Curls Around the Braided Bun
Now’s the time to let your creativity go to work! 🙂 Begin taking the curls and pin them up around the bun, however looks best to you. For me, because one side had more hair than the other, I took the longer curls and pinned them toward the other side, to even out the hairstyle. You really can’t do this part wrong — just start pinning up one curl at a time, filling in any holes, and it’ll all come together. 🙂
I added two Lilla Rose You-Pins to the hairstyle, just to give it a little sparkle, and I was done. 🙂 This hairstyle was really easy to do — took me less than 30 minutes to do this hairstyle (and only that long because her hair is SO thick and she has so much of it! :-). It’s really quick and easy, but looks really complex. I love it!
Remember — don’t forget to enter the NuMe giveaway for the Curling Jam set that’s over on the original Hairstyling with NuMe post. This set is $280, so don’t miss your chance to win this all for FREE!! 😀
Question to my Readers: If you try this hairstyle out — or plan to sometime soon — let me know! I was really excited to discover this quick and easy bun and I thought you all would be, too. 🙂
Oh wow, you have beautiful hair! Loved this tutorial, XOXO, Sissi
Kate S (4readin) says
This is so great. Thank you for posting it! I will definitely have to try it sometime soon.
You did a fantastic job with your sister's hair!
Elle Sees says
looks great. i have a nume wand i love.
Katie McCurdy says
Beauty4Free2U – Oh, thank you! That's actually my sister modeling for me. But I agree, she has lovely hair! 🙂
Kate – Thanks! It's a really neat hairstyle that's easy to do on yourself. 🙂
Elle – NuMe wands are pretty awesome! I LOVE my Titan3 set!
Luz (Lucy) says
This is beautiful!
Katie McCurdy says
Luz – Thanks!
Lovely hairstyle. Can you tell at what temp did you heat up the curling wand to? I am new to using it so I have no idea what is considered as 'safe' temperature
Tutu – Everyone's hair will require a different temperature, so its really hard to tell you. I know for my hair (which is thick, heavy and doesn't hold curls well) I set it between 350 and 400 degrees. That may seem hot, but I don't hold it there for long. So it gets the work done quickly. 🙂
If your hair is fine, colored, and/or damaged, I would say you should keep your curling iron temp below 300 degrees. If you have medium hair or pretty healthy hair, I would say that you could do it around 350 degrees very safely.
I hope this helps you!