Because Buns Shouldn't Be Boring...

As ya'll know, I'm heavy into the protective styling game right now. As a chronic hair twirler (I've had SEVERAL people pop my hands, as I absentmindedly twirled my strands), and president of the I-Cant-Stop-Touching-My-Hair-Because-It-Feels-So-Nice club, I thought I would NEVER be able to deal with protective styling on a regular basis. Me? No hair down? No way! Luckily, my hair journey has taught me a few things about loving my hair. You know the old adage, "absence makes the heart grow fonder"? Well my new slogan is, "protection makes the hair grow stronger". Corny, right?

You guys have seen my Big All-Day Bun, and my Messy Bun + Flat Twist Crown. This weekend, I wanted to incorporate a new type of "bun" into my repetoire for those days where I want to mix it up. I recently wore my hair in what I call a Curly Bun. It takes a little pre-planning (prep the night before), but the next morning payoff is super cute!

Here is what you'll need for the look:
My post-bantu curls
  • Your detangling, moisturizing and sealing products of choice
  • Goody Ouchless Gentle Elastics (thin/small)
  • Styling/edge holding product
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Small clip or bobby pins

First, I detangled my hair in chunky sections with Kinky Curly Knot Today and water, and followed it up with my recession-proof spray. I sealed my hair and ends with Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

After detangling, mositurizing and sealing, I twisted each section and twirled it into a chunky and loose bantu knot. I secured each bantu knot with a thin Goody Ouchless Gentle Elastic (yeah, I'm off bobby pins right now). I ended up with 8 chunky twists.

I covered my hair with a satin bonnet and called it a night. You can also go without the bonnet or scarf, and sleep on a satin pillocase. Sometimes, I like to do both.

The next morning, I removed the scrunchies, untwisted my hair, and whipped it back and forth. Then, I prepped my edges (all around my head) with more recession-proof spray and coconut oil. I followed that up with a gentle application of EcoStyler gel, and some light soft-bristle brushing all the way around. I took one Goody Ouchless Gentle Elastic scrunchie, and made a loose "pineapple" on top of my head. You can fashion the curls to fall foward, sideways or whatever. I let mine do their thing at the front, because that's where my hair is the shortest (thank you growing-out bangs and layers!). I secured the longer hair at the back with a small clip.

Admittedly, this style is not 100% protective. There are some ends that will be out and about, which makes the moisturizing and sealing element so critical. However, for those concerned about keeping ends from snagging and rubbing against clothing, this is a cute and viable option.

Do you have any super cute buns or other protective styles? Submit them to The Mane Objective and you will be featured! E-mail for more details!!!