View Full Version : Bun Headaches ... what causes them?

March 11th, 2009, 12:30 PM
Once again, I've taken my hair down before I'm done with my work-day.

What about a bun causes headaches after a few hours? When I put my hair up, it doesn't feel tight, or painful.

Any secrets to keeping this from happening?


March 11th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Perhaps you are wearing the bun too high or too low. You could try switching it around until you find a good spot. For the most part I can't wear my buns too high or I have pain.

March 11th, 2009, 12:39 PM
I have to have even pressure on all the hairs. If it's pulling in one spot that really hurts.
I also wear mine low but to each their own. :)

March 11th, 2009, 12:41 PM
i have to have mine dead center in the back of my head to avoid pain..

March 11th, 2009, 12:44 PM
ah - I may be wearing it too high then. I've had it just below the highest part of my head.

Will have to try it lower tomorrow.


March 11th, 2009, 12:45 PM
I agree with trying it higher or lower - I have to wear mine low if it's going to be an all day thing :)

Also, what do you use to secure the buns? If I use sticks or my Ficcares, it spreads out the "holdage" area to where it's not just held at one point.

March 11th, 2009, 12:46 PM
Usually put it in a ponytail and braid it, then hold it in with hairpins.

Though I have done the woven bun around hair sticks, and that also gets sore by the end of the day.


March 11th, 2009, 01:14 PM
Maybe it could be that your scalp is just sensitive to the weight? I would look at that possibilty expecially if you are tender headed. I wear my hair up in a pony at the crown of my head and in a braid all the time and I very seldom get headaches. I also like to use the small scunci brand hair clips on either side to hold it up. I certainly hope you figure out the problem.:(

March 11th, 2009, 01:18 PM
I have to ask -- are your bun headaches like normal headaches, or are they more the hair-going-the-wrong-direction scalp aches similar to what you might get if you do a deep side part on the opposite side that you're used to?

The scalp aches, in particular, can be remedied by buns low at the nape.

March 11th, 2009, 01:23 PM
They're more like scalp-aches.

For those of us unfortunate enough to have lived through the side-ponytail season of the late 70's, early 80's? They're like a milder version of THOSE headaches. I can remember coming home from school, taking out that stupid-looking ponytail, and just laying on the floor crying because my head hurt so bad. STUPIDITY!


March 11th, 2009, 02:48 PM
A mis-placed bun can cause a neck ache or a sore/painful area on the scalp for me, but not a true headache from within. I find I need 2 sticks and maybe an Amish pin, a fork, or a Ficcare placed just right to avoid the owies. Sometimes I think I've gotten things in the right place when I start my day but now and then I'll have to re-bun and adjust the placement or the tightness. It's just something I know I'll have to do now and then and it's not a big deal.

March 11th, 2009, 03:06 PM
Does it matter what kind of bun you wear? I ask because when I wear braided buns, they kill me by end of day. If I bun without braiding, it doesn't hurt. A flipped up braid held with a Ficcare doesn't hurt either. There is no obvious reason why this should be but, there it is. Maybe try changing the kind of bun & see if it helps?

March 12th, 2009, 04:40 AM
Thank you all. I'm trying a couple suggestions today:

I'm wearing it lower on my head, and I chose an unbraided Chinese bun.

Because my hair is still relatively short, I've tended to braid it, lest I get too many fly-aways. But I'm game to try something new.

I appreciate all your ideas!