How to do a loose bun

Written by brittney horwitz
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How to do a loose bun
In just a few steps, your hair will be done and ready to roll. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Looking pretty is wonderful, but spending hours in front of the mirror is not. The loose bun is one of those lifesaver hairstyles that flatters every face, looks effortlessly chic and keeps your hair off your neck. The best part about a loose bun is that it is almost impossible to mess up, so your first effort should be just right.

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Things you need

  • Ponytail holder

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  1. 1

    Wrap a ponytail holder around your wrist so that it accessible and easy to reach.

  2. 2

    Gather all of your hair with both hands and hold it at the height you prefer the most: a very high bun can be perky and cheerleader-esque, while a low or middle bun can be chic and pretty.

  3. 3

    Hold hair loosely for a relaxed, casual style.

  4. 4

    Flip the bottom end of the gathered hair underneath the main section of hair, right next to your head. This is what makes it a bun as opposed to a ponytail. The more times you fold the bottom section of hair under the rest of the hair, the more folds you will have in your bun.

  5. 5

    Grab hair at the top of your head, above the bun, and tease gently by pulling up to achieve a looser look.

  6. 6

    Wrap the ponytail holder around your hair to hold it in place. For thicker hair, use a thick, strong ponytail holder.

Tips and warnings

  • While keeping the ponytail holder somewhat loose to achieve the casual, loose bun look works, it will keep sliding out of your hair if it is too loose. The best way to achieve this look is to hold the hair around your head loosely while tying the bun so it is not tightly pulled back, but wrap the actual ponytail holder tightly around the bun.

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