Ever since we cut Bug’s hair off for Locks of Love it’s been fun to watch it start growing back — but the one thing that I haven’t been able to do is a regular ol’ bun. She has enough hair for a pony tail, but if I try braid or twist it and wrap it around for a regular bun it is too stubby! It won’t even wrap 1 full time around. She likes buns, and as the weather gets colder and hats are worn more buns are nice because everything stays in place and her still looks nice and go all crazy with static.
So this was my cheating solution! Obviously, if your hair is majorly short even this won’t work – and for that I suggest our messy bun, because even with my short hair I can manage one. But if you’ve got at least shoulder length hair, give this a try!
Make a ponytail. I suggest using a rubber band that is close to their hair color or clear since you might be able to see it later.
Split the pony in half and braid each section & secure the braids with rubber bands. I’ve also done this with rope/twist braids and it works well too. Braid further down if you don’t want ends sticking out for the finished product at the end!
Now cross the right braid over the left one…
Pull both ends up around to the top of the ponytail — so the right braid is going around the left side & the right braid is going around the left side. (Sorry it’s hard to show that in a picture – but the braids are crossed over each other now.)
Pull the 2 ends up as far as you can and tie them together with another rubber band. I like the ends spraying out all playful like, but if you don’t, then you could braid further down so your don’t have as long of ends sticking out & you can secure them down with bobby pins.
Add a few bobby pins to the bun to make sure it won’t fall out.
I curled the ends down just a little bit so they weren’t sticking up all willy nilly! And because I used a brown rubber band, you can’t see it very much through the bun.
I realize this is very similar to a post we did a long time ago around Thanksgiving – “A basic bun with a little bit of turkey tail” but her hair just won’t wrap like that anymore at this length. So I’m glad I finally figured out a way to get a bun in her shorter hair!
In the end I added a cute flower from Gimme Clips to add some color and the bun stayed in place all day. Check out another “short hair” bun we did back after Goose cut her hair for Locks of Love years ago HERE.
That’s it. Quick & easy and yeah- we finally have a fun!