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neko_kawaii
November 1st, 2020, 10:28 AM
This style can be done with any kind of braid and a stick, fork, or barrette. Make your braid, insert the tool of your choice through the scalp hair where you want to center your bun, wrap the braid around and behind the tool, tuck in the ends. For extra stability, pin the ends and maybe the outer edges depending on your needs.

The Jamie Leigh (https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=146897) is a specific variety of this bun done with a French braid.

This is personally my favorite way to use barrettes.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4193/35579184026_ffb1bc37d4_n.jpg

And for hair sticks that are decorated down the length.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4235/35688047976_789afabce2_n.jpg

I also use this for toys that are otherwise on the small side but I can't stand to part with. I didn't find any pictures of that in my WEO collection though.

C_Bookworm
November 1st, 2020, 11:36 AM
Ohhhhh that is so lovely! And a great way to show more of decorated toys. I’ll definitely be trying it out this month.

AmaryllisRed
November 1st, 2020, 03:37 PM
Oh you guys. Get ready for way too many pics of my hair. If I'm not wearing a braided LWB, it's a pinless braided bun. Might just wear one every day for the rest of the month.

Cg
November 1st, 2020, 04:34 PM
Aren't those pretty? Very nice way to highlight some less used hairtoys.

It's a lot of trouble for me to braid all the way down, but I do like to try each monthly style. Though in my case, this will have to be a pinful, not pinless, braided bun (1a hair).

AmaryllisRed
November 2nd, 2020, 08:47 AM
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43221&d=1604331918

Today.

cat11
November 2nd, 2020, 10:05 AM
Wow that looks so nice with the barette, neko_kawaii. French barettes always eat my hair though :( I love them, they are so pretty, but something always snags even when I'm careful somehow. I will definitely be trying this style with a hairstick though!

Liz_H
November 2nd, 2020, 03:25 PM
Amaryllis Red, I'd love to be able to see your hair photos. I've sent a friend request.

Neoma
November 2nd, 2020, 03:32 PM
Thank you for starting this thread, neko_kawaii. :flowers: I always enjoy the updo of the month.

This is actually the only way that I can use a big barrette in my hair. And my rather wimpy braided bun looks much, much bigger when I wrap it around a barrette.

I do a French braided version of this bun that's identical to the Jamie Leigh except that I insert the hair stick horizontally instead of vertically. I find that a French braid is always a good base for my updos. :flower:

knobbly
November 2nd, 2020, 08:55 PM
Following this thread for inspo! :popcorn:

AmaryllisRed
November 3rd, 2020, 09:43 AM
Same style, same shirt, different day.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43242&d=1604421676

AmaryllisRed
November 4th, 2020, 09:17 AM
I changed my shirt!
There's one spin pin in there.
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43254&d=1604506521
I would never wear that orange color in a shirt but I love how it looks in my hair.

cat11
November 4th, 2020, 10:22 AM
AmaryllisRed that looks good!! I'm going to try when I get home. I really like the one you did with the pair of sticks.

AmaryllisRed
November 4th, 2020, 11:59 AM
AmaryllisRed that looks good!! I'm going to try when I get home. I really like the one you did with the pair of sticks.

Thanks! That's my favorite way to wear this style.

cat11
November 5th, 2020, 07:31 AM
https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43258&d=1604585606
With a kitty TT :) I can see I crossed a hair with the stick now. I need to practice this one it didn't feel like it would hold all day even with the spin pin- too loose. I want to try to get it up a little further too.

AmaryllisRed
November 5th, 2020, 07:52 AM
It's so pretty, cat11!

TatsuOni
November 5th, 2020, 10:23 AM
Very beautiful everyone! :)

Siv
November 6th, 2020, 02:04 PM
Not sure if this old pic counts but the 'do is technically held in the center and it's braided sooo :shrug:

It's a French braid into a rope braid into an LWB held with a three prong wooden fork. Unnecessarily complicated but I was just messing around and trying things out and ended up with this :lol:

https://i.imgur.com/MKLWAr2.png

cat11
November 6th, 2020, 02:33 PM
That's gorgeous, Siv.

AmaryllisRed
November 6th, 2020, 05:21 PM
An outdoor shot for variety. https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43271&d=1604708369

AmaryllisRed
November 14th, 2020, 07:03 PM
Another one with a very messy braid I think I've slept in twice. The color is way off here-- my shirt is purple!

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43392&d=1605405682

neko_kawaii
November 14th, 2020, 07:17 PM
You could totally pass that off as a day-old braid.

On the real camera I have a new picture of this with one of my much-too-small forks. One of these days I'll transfer those files.

C_Bookworm
November 15th, 2020, 03:44 PM
My messy contribution! It started the day neater :rollin:

https://i.imgur.com/M4nH5dH.jpg

AmaryllisRed
November 15th, 2020, 03:53 PM
My messy contribution! It started the day neater :rollin:

https://i.imgur.com/M4nH5dH.jpg

Beautiful!

elise.autumn
November 15th, 2020, 04:05 PM
Ooh this is easy... a braided bun is my go-to. Although I usually grab more hair than just center held, like this (https://i.imgur.com/S7trqi3.jpg) or this (https://i.imgur.com/RGsrPkQ.jpg). It's flatter and more stable for me that way.

Here's my center held bun:

https://i.imgur.com/eueOjkNl.jpg

C_Bookworm
November 15th, 2020, 04:25 PM
Beautiful!

Thank you! The barrette came from a shell shop I’ve been going to since I was a little girl, so I feel all squishy and nostalgic when I wear it! :heartbeat

ETA: I’m crushing on all the lovely stick pictures! Definitely want to try that next.

KokoroDragon
November 15th, 2020, 10:38 PM
Everyone's buns look amazing! I'll be waiting for a few more years before my hair is long enough for this style.

spidermom
November 16th, 2020, 09:20 AM
I guess my hair is too slippy slidey for this one. I've tried numerous times, but it won't hold without multiple pins supplementing the stick or fork, so that completely negates the "pinless" objective. I have no idea how people use barrettes for this.

AmaryllisRed
November 16th, 2020, 09:43 AM
Very pretty, elise.autumn!

Spidermom, if I don't use a pair of sticks, I usually stick a pin in it somewhere. Otherwise, the end will eventually start falling out.

That said, here's mine today with just a fork. (It's kind of gross today and might actually stay put with no extra tools... it would quite possibly stand straight up on its own today if I asked it to.)

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43413&d=1605544679

C_Bookworm
November 16th, 2020, 10:23 AM
Now a knee length Mohawk would be something to see!

Looks great, Amaryllis, love the color of the fork with your hair. :crush:

neko_kawaii
November 16th, 2020, 10:44 AM
I guess my hair is too slippy slidey for this one. I've tried numerous times, but it won't hold without multiple pins supplementing the stick or fork, so that completely negates the "pinless" objective. I have no idea how people use barrettes for this.

That's why I took the liberty of renaming it. *wink*

Alexandrina
November 16th, 2020, 01:42 PM
I guess my hair is too slippy slidey for this one. I've tried numerous times, but it won't hold without multiple pins supplementing the stick or fork, so that completely negates the "pinless" objective. I have no idea how people use barrettes for this.

Yeah mine too is slippy, it does hold kinda, but not very securely, it keeps wanting to slide out.

Alexandrina
November 16th, 2020, 01:44 PM
My messy contribution! It started the day neater :rollin:

https://i.imgur.com/M4nH5dHm.jpg


The barrette came from a shell shop I’ve been going to since I was a little girl, so I feel all squishy and nostalgic when I wear it! :heartbeat




Oh wow, this clip is so pretty! A lot nicer than a lot of the shell barrettes I've seen before, is there anyway the shop has an online presence? I'd love to look at more of their work!

Alexandrina
November 16th, 2020, 01:45 PM
Ooh this is easy... a braided bun is my go-to. Although I usually grab more hair than just center held, like this (https://i.imgur.com/S7trqi3.jpg) or this (https://i.imgur.com/RGsrPkQ.jpg). It's flatter and more stable for me that way.

Here's my center held bun:

https://i.imgur.com/eueOjkNl.jpg

Love this stick on you! Something about the different shades matching, maybe.

C_Bookworm
November 16th, 2020, 02:50 PM
Oh wow, this clip is so pretty! A lot nicer than a lot of the shell barrettes I've seen before, is there anyway the shop has an online presence? I'd love to look at more of their work!

Thanks! :flower: I wish there was but I canít seem to find any website attached. Itís a cute old-fashioned kind of place, so I guess that fits.

Neoma
November 16th, 2020, 02:56 PM
I guess my hair is too slippy slidey for this one. I've tried numerous times, but it won't hold without multiple pins supplementing the stick or fork, so that completely negates the "pinless" objective. I have no idea how people use barrettes for this.

spidermom, my hair is super slippery. For me, this bun -- and all others -- only works if the tension is just right. I insert the barrette or hair stick into the base of the braid, not above it. That gives it some stability. I wrap the braid tightly around the hair toy, making sure that the braid lies flat. For the last half or 3/4 of the wrap, I slightly lift the edge of the braided bun so I can tuck the remaining braid, including the tail, underneath, close to the center of the bun.

The resulting bun is so comfortable that sometimes I think that it must have come undone, but it hasn't. HTH :flower:

AmaryllisRed
November 16th, 2020, 07:41 PM
Now a knee length Mohawk would be something to see!

Looks great, Amaryllis, love the color of the fork with your hair. :crush:

Thank you!


Very pretty, elise.autumn!

Spidermom, if I don't use a pair of sticks, I usually stick a pin in it somewhere. Otherwise, the end will eventually start falling out.

That said, here's mine today with just a fork. (It's kind of gross today and might actually stay put with no extra tools... it would quite possibly stand straight up on its own today if I asked it to.)

[IMG]https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43413&d=1605544679[/IG]

NOPE. I've had to re-tuck the end no less than ten times. Oh well.

neko_kawaii
November 17th, 2020, 11:49 AM
Gorgeous everyone!

I finally got around to transferring photos. Two of my much-too-small forks that I can't stand to part with.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50613704858_aef9c143d2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k7yt6L)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50613704753_e8df57cfe7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k7yt4X)

Neoma
November 17th, 2020, 03:06 PM
Gorgeous everyone!

I finally got around to transferring photos. Two of my much-too-small forks that I can't stand to part with.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50613704858_aef9c143d2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k7yt6L)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50613704753_e8df57cfe7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2k7yt4X)neko_kawaii, those smaller forks are great for center-held buns.

The second one looks particularly stunning in your hair. :thud:

baanoo
November 18th, 2020, 07:59 AM
Everyone's buns are so pretty! Here's my contribution, with bonus windy-morning flyaways 8)

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43431&d=1605711421

eresh
November 18th, 2020, 03:10 PM
This is my go-to bun, almost daily :D

https://i.imgur.com/elreprdl.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/IxoSZc9l.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/alMFP8Zl.jpg

cat11
November 19th, 2020, 08:31 AM
Wow, eresh, gorgeous. 3 wraps around? So much hair! I especially love the blue spiral, looks good with your hair color!

bparnell75
November 19th, 2020, 11:14 AM
Wow, Eresh, those are stunning buns. Lovely to look at and enviable for many of us!

eresh
November 19th, 2020, 02:24 PM
Thanks!
2 visible wraps around and the last wrap is slided underneath (the thin ends).
That's what keeps it secure without pins :)
When I had blunt thicker ends I did need an amish pin too keep them under

Mariekeeee14
November 20th, 2020, 04:53 AM
https://i.postimg.cc/43H3DgjD/706547-BF-6941-4005-B491-EF44-C5-EB9174.jpg

I’ve had quite a substantial trim last week so I had to cheat with one Amish pin to stabilise. I think I’ll like this when it is longer

TatsuOni
November 21st, 2020, 01:45 AM
Very beautiful everyone! :)

baanoo
November 21st, 2020, 06:35 AM
Ok, everyone, I have a question Ė when I make this bun the "traditional" way, pinning my stick/fork first and wrapping second, it all slips away if I'm actively doing things and moving around.

If I coil the braid first and pin second, it holds like a champ. Is that technically correct for this bun? Or do I just need more length to get it to hold when pinning first? It's so pretty done properly, and is definitely a slightly different look than the way I usually do it. I ...may have a tiny bit of bun-technique insecurity!

cat11
November 21st, 2020, 11:26 AM
Ok, everyone, I have a question – when I make this bun the "traditional" way, pinning my stick/fork first and wrapping second, it all slips away if I'm actively doing things and moving around.

If I coil the braid first and pin second, it holds like a champ. Is that technically correct for this bun? Or do I just need more length to get it to hold when pinning first? It's so pretty done properly, and is definitely a slightly different look than the way I usually do it. I ...may have a tiny bit of bun-technique insecurity!

I think if you are wrapping afterwards you need to try to wrap it pretty tightly. Thats what I've found, anyway. I really would actually like to try it the way you described now.

Finda
November 22nd, 2020, 02:31 PM
This is easily becoming one of my favorite buns.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43477&d=1606080413

eresh
November 22nd, 2020, 03:30 PM
It's my fav bun too Finda :)
So comfy!

SparrowWings
November 22nd, 2020, 04:02 PM
Ok, everyone, I have a question – when I make this bun the "traditional" way, pinning my stick/fork first and wrapping second, it all slips away if I'm actively doing things and moving around.

If I coil the braid first and pin second, it holds like a champ. Is that technically correct for this bun? Or do I just need more length to get it to hold when pinning first? It's so pretty done properly, and is definitely a slightly different look than the way I usually do it. I ...may have a tiny bit of bun-technique insecurity!
I'm not sure I'm understanding the difference. Is your "pin after" version grabbing parts of the coils in addition to the center? If not, I see no difference whatsoever in the end result.

Either way, like cat11 mentioned, I also find that the wraps need to be fairly tight. Or at least, tight in the "right" spots, which seem to usually be behind the stick and at the end, so there's enough friction to hold it all together. Keeping the braid flat seems to matter, too; if it stands itself up, even if it's wrapped tightly, it doesn't hold as well. But the bonus is that even if it falls out, the stick doesn't, and it's a piece of cake to quickly re-wrap it again.

elise.autumn
November 22nd, 2020, 06:55 PM
Ok, everyone, I have a question – when I make this bun the "traditional" way, pinning my stick/fork first and wrapping second, it all slips away if I'm actively doing things and moving around.

If I coil the braid first and pin second, it holds like a champ. Is that technically correct for this bun? Or do I just need more length to get it to hold when pinning first? It's so pretty done properly, and is definitely a slightly different look than the way I usually do it. I ...may have a tiny bit of bun-technique insecurity!

I also experience this. I feel and see a difference - between this (https://i.imgur.com/eueOjkN.jpg) (no wrap before inserting the stick) and this (https://i.imgur.com/xXkrPVo.jpg) (two wraps). I prefer wrapping at least once before securing. The downside is that you can't see as much of the hair toy.

baanoo
November 22nd, 2020, 08:41 PM
I think if you are wrapping afterwards you need to try to wrap it pretty tightly. Thats what I've found, anyway. I really would actually like to try it the way you described now.


I'm not sure I'm understanding the difference. Is your "pin after" version grabbing parts of the coils in addition to the center? If not, I see no difference whatsoever in the end result.

Either way, like cat11 mentioned, I also find that the wraps need to be fairly tight. Or at least, tight in the "right" spots, which seem to usually be behind the stick and at the end, so there's enough friction to hold it all together. Keeping the braid flat seems to matter, too; if it stands itself up, even if it's wrapped tightly, it doesn't hold as well. But the bonus is that even if it falls out, the stick doesn't, and it's a piece of cake to quickly re-wrap it again.

Sparrow and Cat, yes, it does need to be wrapped pretty tightly, and that's a good observation about the "right" spot!

Elise below perfectly described my experience. :)


I also experience this. I feel and see a difference - between this (https://i.imgur.com/eueOjkN.jpg) (no wrap before inserting the stick) and this (https://i.imgur.com/xXkrPVo.jpg) (two wraps). I prefer wrapping at least once before securing. The downside is that you can't see as much of the hair toy.

Elise, this is exactly it! I am much more comfortable and stable with at least one wrap first. Thank you for clearing it up. :D

AmaryllisRed
November 22nd, 2020, 09:20 PM
Really pretty, Finda, and I love the sticks!

AmaryllisRed
November 23rd, 2020, 10:34 AM
Another one from me, with a French braid and a pair of sticks. I tried to place the initial stick higher since I'm trying different bun placements. Doesn't show in the picture but I suppose that's the angle.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43506&d=1606152744

C_Bookworm
November 23rd, 2020, 10:59 AM
How are the different bun placements working for you? I feel like I have to work hard to find the sweet spot where I don’t feel the bun. The first few tries always pull from one angle or another.

Finda
November 23rd, 2020, 01:08 PM
It's my fav bun too Finda :)
So comfy!

Totally, I would never have thought it's possible to wrap the hair like this without pins^^



Really pretty, Finda, and I love the sticks!

Thanks, they are a recent buy and I love them :-)
I cannot see your picture. Is it locked?

AmaryllisRed
November 23rd, 2020, 01:44 PM
How are the different bun placements working for you? I feel like I have to work hard to find the sweet spot where I don’t feel the bun. The first few tries always pull from one angle or another.

I normally like to wear them lower than this but I find it rubbing on my coat collar. This higher placement is just above the collar (yay!) and comfortable so far but we'll see if it stays comfy.


Totally, I would never have thought it's possible to wrap the hair like this without pins^^




Thanks, they are a recent buy and I love them :-)
I cannot see your picture. Is it locked?

It's set to friends only. Sent you a request. :)

Finda
November 23rd, 2020, 02:06 PM
It's set to friends only. Sent you a request. :)

Ah, thank you :)

WOW, your bun looks really magnificent!

neko_kawaii
November 24th, 2020, 07:10 PM
Day 1
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50643397816_b000a3c1ef_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kabDMj)

Day 2
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50643477872_aa106e4664_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kac4zA)

AmaryllisRed
November 24th, 2020, 08:00 PM
Thanks, Finda!

Really pretty, Neko! What is that flower attached to in the second picture?

neko_kawaii
November 24th, 2020, 08:09 PM
That one is on an alligator clip. I have another on a hairstick I want to reuse on a better stick. The maker is YakLialia and the leather flowers are fantastic.

eresh
November 25th, 2020, 07:34 AM
Very pretty!!

enting
November 26th, 2020, 01:40 AM
It's late in the month but I finally managed to do this.
Apologies for the camera and lighting quality.

https://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=43529&d=1606379613

(There's one bobby pin in there assisting everything.)

Finda
November 27th, 2020, 02:59 PM
enting Your fork has a beautiful topper and the scarf goes great with the style.