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May 31st, 2010, 05:28 PM
The HairStyle of the Month is: :henny:
The Figure 8 Bun.

Vertical, not Horizontal. We'll give the Infinity Bun it's own month. :wink:

May 31st, 2010, 06:07 PM
This is a very hard updo for me to master! Tips/tricks are appreciated!

I have been successful though.


The hardest part, IMO, is keeping the center of the 8 flat.

ETA: Also, I find this impossible to do with 1 stick! Always a two stick updo.

May 31st, 2010, 06:33 PM
Can anyone link a tutorial?

May 31st, 2010, 06:52 PM

May 31st, 2010, 06:59 PM
This is one of my favorite and easiest hairstyles, once I got the knack of it. It's a twisted bun, like a Cinnamon or tighter and then the lower loop of the bun is lifted up and secured over the top.

Viola! The figure 8:


May 31st, 2010, 07:03 PM
I like TorrinPaige's youtube. She first does the Figure 8.


May 31st, 2010, 07:11 PM
Also, I find this impossible to do with 1 stick! Always a two stick updo.

I think this might be the trick for me -- whenever I do it with one stick, not only is it not very sturdy, but also the stick jabs me in the back of the neck! I will have to try this with two sticks, thanks!

June 1st, 2010, 07:03 AM
Question: How long does one's hair have to be to do this style for medium/thick hair?

I tried to do it on my sister's waist-length hair and was having trouble.

June 1st, 2010, 11:05 AM
This is so funny, yesterday was the first time I've ever been able to do a figure-8 bun and I'm wearing one right now!

Xcalibur, my hair is just below BSL, layered, fine, and I am just now able to do one. I would imagine that waist-length, even with thick hair, would be plenty long enough

June 1st, 2010, 12:28 PM

June 1st, 2010, 01:36 PM
I don't think my hair is long enough for a Fig-8, however I'll post an old pic of my "Fake-8" haha :D:


June 1st, 2010, 02:10 PM
OK, so my hair isn't quite long enough for the real thing... so I did one on each side!
The second one didn't turn out quite as nice...hmph
(ignore the unwashed hair)

June 1st, 2010, 03:00 PM

June 1st, 2010, 03:03 PM
Here's mine. Not very securely held in this pic mind you!


I used to live in this bun and now I'm barely able to get it to stay put. I really like it; I must try to use it more often.

Loving the "fake-8" by the way! :bluesmile

June 1st, 2010, 04:23 PM
My first and so far only successful attempt. The figure 8 bun is definitely on my “to do” list though!




June 1st, 2010, 05:46 PM
Funny how things change. These days the Figure 8 standard seems to be absolutely vertical, but when I first joined LHC they were nearly always gently leaning to one side or the other. I think. :hmm:

The f8 used to be my favourite bun, but I haven't been able to do a decent one for ages; my longer hair seems to create too much bulk underneath. For a while I had success with Arylkin's Lazy Infinity (http://s136.photobucket.com/albums/q161/Arylkin/?action=view&current=infinitybun.flv) version (just make it vertical instead of horizontal), but even that doesn't work for me anymore.

So here's a pic from a few years back:


And a braided Figure 8 for good measure. :)


June 1st, 2010, 06:01 PM
Oh goody! I like the figure 8! Thanks for choosing it Silverlocks!

Yellowchariot, I like your fake 8! How'd you do that?

Once again, Igor, :thud:

Abbatabba, fun blue streaks!

Everyone's f-8s look so much better than mine! But I'll contribute anyway.


June 1st, 2010, 06:10 PM
Here's my contribution, in natural light, even! Held with a monkthemonk fork.

I made the bun low, and flipped up this time. I think that works better for me than starting high and flipping it down.

June 1st, 2010, 07:03 PM
Mine looks like a figure 9 bun. Tips?


June 1st, 2010, 10:02 PM
Here's mine. My hair is just touching waist. Its held with my shortest stick (top loop) and a couple of bobby pins (bottom loop and tail). I made it by twisting and doing a cinnamon bun, with the second loop on top of the first. Then flipping the top loop up.

This is the first time I have done this bun and it is the first bun I did not like. It feels loose and insecure ... I don't think I would wear it out of the house ....

June 1st, 2010, 11:16 PM
This was my favorite bun for a long time and this is my favorite image of it!


June 2nd, 2010, 02:29 AM
A recent picture.
JasonWoodworking Santos Zebra stick

June 2nd, 2010, 05:47 AM
I am an absolute updo klutz, but I can manage the Figure Eight! :cheer:

The way I do it is this: I start by gathering my hair in a ponytail (don´t make the ponytail too high, because the base of your ponytail will be the lowest point of your f8!). Then I start twisting the hair until it starts coiling by itself. IME the hair needs to be twisted fairly tightly for this updo - you´ll find out just how tight you need to go after a couple of tries. I coil the hair into a beebutt bun (like a cinnamon bun but with the coils going underneath instead of around each other). When I run out of hair I tuck the ends under. Then I grab the upper coil (the one that is farthest away from my head) and flip it up. It now lies flat against my head (before this step it was on top of the beebutt bun, remember?) and above the other coils - towards the top of my head. Then I secure it, usually with a wooden two or three prong fork. I insert it in the center of the upper coil and slide it underneath the part where the ropes of hair cross in the middle. It comes out somewhere in the lower coil.

This is what it looks like:

It was taken two years ago. My hair was about waist length then, with a ponytail circumference of 3.5cm. I use a Baerreis two-prong fork (second from the right in this (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=994&pictureid=11081) picture), and obviously inserted it a bit differently from what I just described. :o You´ll find out what works best for you.

June 2nd, 2010, 08:03 AM
Here's mine, held with my geeky cool d20 Lover's Knot sticks. I don't do this one often, since it's a "eating the back of my head" style.

June 2nd, 2010, 08:18 AM

can be a very annoying updo with layers :confused:

It's interesting seeing people twist clockwise or anti clockwise.

June 2nd, 2010, 09:32 AM
First attempt today, doing a bee-butt bun and then flipping the topmost coil downwards. It's really tight on my hair, and I don't know if it's because it's too thick to do this style comfortably at my length, or because I'm still learning how to do it. It'd definitely hold with only one hair-stick, though! It feels rock-solid!


June 2nd, 2010, 11:05 AM

I'd never actually tried a figure-8 before today, because I'm not happy with how my taper makes an Infinity bun look. What a pleasant surprise that it doesn't look nearly as wonky when vertical. Quattro Starlite holds it rock-solid, although after an hour or so it was "sprouting" a lot of shorter hairs. Still, I think this is a keeper; I love how old-fashioned it looks.
I was going to add a bunch of tips I figured out on my own while getting this to work, but Calista's post contains every last one of them! :p

June 2nd, 2010, 04:11 PM
Definitely one of my favourite buns. :D


June 2nd, 2010, 07:15 PM

Haven't worn this in a while. It doesn't balance well on my head.

June 2nd, 2010, 11:53 PM
I have real problems getting these properly vertical and I find them really hard with my length and layers. Anyway, enjoy my atempt (or not :p)


June 3rd, 2010, 02:20 AM
I don't particularly like this bun, but here is my contribution.

June 3rd, 2010, 03:00 AM

My humble contribution.

June 3rd, 2010, 01:08 PM
Here is my first attempt ever at a Figure 8 bun:


I wasn't quite sure where to tuck the ends. My hair is only APL but it seems to have worked ok. Feels fairly secure.

And yes, those are modified chop sticks. :p

June 3rd, 2010, 01:28 PM
Interestingly, one of my first attempts at the figure 8 was by far the most successful one:
I will try to update the post with a recent picture if I can manage to convince my hair that the figure 8 is something it wants to do ;)

June 3rd, 2010, 03:35 PM
I'd been wearing this style for a couple days, meaning to take a picture at some point. Today I finally got around to documenting it with my webcam. I took about half a dozen pictures with different angles and couldn't figure out it didn't look like a figure eight. Then I remembered I was wearing a nautilus bun.

So I took more pictures with the right hairstyle. The lighting is pretty awful today, so in the second picture, I'm pointing a flashlight at my head to lessen the graininess.


June 4th, 2010, 01:30 AM
Here is my first figure-8 photo and the only one I have on here...even though it looks more like an upside down treble clef. :p The chopstick is pretty severe, but that's what I had to work with before I found etsy. ;)
And here is a braided version, which sadly is not too clear. And one of my favorite d20 sticks. (Made by AliaRose over at etsy! :D)

June 4th, 2010, 05:42 PM
I love the hair style of the month... here's my contribution. Haven't done this style in a while.


June 4th, 2010, 07:35 PM
Thanks for these pics and instructions. I finally did a Figure 8! No pic, camera busted. But the bun lasted all day and still looks good and feels secure now, right before bedtime, with my best fork holding it. :D

June 4th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Here's mine.


I love how this style looks, but I almost never wear it. I can't ever seem to get enough hair in the hold so that it doesn't pull at certain points. But I do indeed like looking at all of yours! I'm getting lots of ideas of different tools to use to hold it; maybe one will work better than my forks...

June 4th, 2010, 10:37 PM
I'll play! It's become more difficult both with length as well as me getting rusty as it's been so long (and I've found easier day-to-day buns to do) since I've done it! Here we go from a few days ago:


Torrin Paige
June 5th, 2010, 08:01 AM
Teazel, I am so with you on this one:
my longer hair seems to create too much bulk underneath
So, my figure 8 looks more like a wiggle worm in a figure 8-ish, but not really, shape. :)

Those are my gorgeous LongLocks hair sticks (a present from a good friend...I could never justify spending that kind of money on hair toys, no matter how beautiful. That said, my goodness are they sturdy...they're made of bone.)

I'm thinking I may have to adapt this bun to my longer hair so that I can still get the effect without the big lump underneath.

June 5th, 2010, 08:38 AM
Torrin, if you work out an adaptation, don't forget to do a tutorial :)
My hair isn't really thick enough nor long enough for the lower bump to be a problem, but having two very inequal sides annoys me.

It took me a very long time to master the Figure 8; I thought it was because my hair wasn't long enough, but it was because I wasn't doing it properly. the first time I managed it, I tried to keep it up with just one stick and gave myself a headache because I had tensed all my neck muscles all day. Now I only ever use a ficcare to hold it, but I should try with two sticks.

This is the right way up, I sometimes do it top down which doesn't look as good but feels less wobbly.


June 5th, 2010, 09:21 AM
Here's my figure eight bun. :)

June 5th, 2010, 01:23 PM
TorrinPaige, I think your hair is just a bit longer than mine. I leave the ends of my hair out for a few inches and figure 8 the rest of it. Then I tuck the ends under the figure 8.

June 5th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Here's mine ..
First attempt ever. I think I'll have to put it higher up next time :p Great figure eights everyone!


June 6th, 2010, 05:35 PM
The HairStyle of the Month is: :henny:
The Figure 8 Bun.

Vertical, not Horizontal. We'll give the Infinity Bun it's own month. :wink:

Hmmmm....My Figure 8s are neither vertical nor horizontal. Will diagonal do? :)


I'm thinking I may have to adapt this bun to my longer hair so that I can still get the effect without the big lump underneath.

Torrin, I posted a tutorial at youtube a few months ago for a Figure-8 Ponytail and Bun for Longer Hair. (http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatTresses#p/a/u/0/bHQZHZIxBm4) :)

June 6th, 2010, 05:50 PM
Torrin, I posted a tutorial at youtube a few months ago for a Figure-8 Ponytail and Bun for Longer Hair. (http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatTresses#p/a/u/0/bHQZHZIxBm4) :)

Ahhh, so that's how you got that perfect Fig8; I sort of knew the theory but it helps to have a video. Thanks for the link, Tresses! I'll be trying that method as soon as my hair dries. :flowers:

June 6th, 2010, 05:59 PM
Ahhh, so that's how you got that perfect Fig8; I sort of knew the theory but it helps to have a video. Thanks for the link, Tresses! I'll be trying that method as soon as my hair dries. :flowers:

You're welcome! I'd love to see it, if you could post a pic, Teazel. :) Your braided Figure 8 is stunning! I have yet to get one to work. Any tips?

June 6th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Your braided Figure 8 is stunning! I have yet to get one to work. Any tips?

Thank you! :D I actually used Arylkin's Lazy Infinity variation (I linked to it earlier in this thread), rather than making a beebutt and flipping the top coil. That way the braid lay flat. :)

June 6th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Thank you! :D I actually used Arylkin's Lazy Infinity variation (I linked to it earlier in this thread), rather than making a beebutt and flipping the top coil. That way the braid lay flat. :)

I'll check that out. Thanks! :flower:

June 7th, 2010, 07:11 AM
Tresses as usual your hair is the neatest on the boards and such lovely natural shade, your hair shade make me miss my natural colour sometimes :lipssealed:

Bite your tongue! And thank you. :) Shhhhhhh....we're not supposed to discuss without posting pics. ;)

Oh look! Moose hands! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v331/Tresses/Daily%20Updos/Moosehead2.jpg

June 8th, 2010, 03:16 PM
My first ever Figure eight and I love, love, love it! Thanks so much for the tutorial (youtube page 1):cheese:

June 8th, 2010, 07:51 PM
Here is mine.
Regarding the braid -- I usually start off my buns with a half up of some kind, like a simple English or, as in this case, a dutch lace braid starting at my left temple, ending by my right ear.

The lighting is weird-ish. Indoors with a flash.

June 9th, 2010, 12:17 PM
This is a very difficult updo for me and this is my best attempt at doing it by far. I hardly ever do figure 8 because I don't like the look of it much (on me).

Here's my contribution. The middle part of it looks a bit weird... The pic is taken indoors with a flash:


princessp, I really love the color of your Ficcare and the bun is very pretty too :)

June 10th, 2010, 09:00 AM

Figure 8 with beetnik505 Apple Wood hairstick.

June 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
I don't know what it is about this hair do but my hair just wont do it nicely. This is one of the better attempts.


June 11th, 2010, 12:11 PM
Since past classic I´m not wearing this one as often as I used to do. Probably because I need to do it uncomfortably tight so the 8 get´s small enough for using a stick which has not safety-risk-length :p and because the extra length is difficult to hide behind the 8 and also makes it stick out so far that it hardly looks like an 8 anymore.
Hmm anyways, without further ado :wink: clickable figure8 with a sturdy cherry wood stick:
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?pictureid=74264&albumid=5414&dl=1276278859&thumb=1 (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=5414&pictureid=74264)

June 11th, 2010, 02:56 PM
Wow, everyone's hair looks amazing! Princessp I love the colour coordination there :D

This is my first successful 8-looking figure eight :cheese:
I did a half up braid and eight-ed the rest and wrapped it round.
I hate how the flash picks up all the fuzzy bits :rolleyes:

June 13th, 2010, 06:43 AM
Here's mine, with selfmade hairstick:


June 13th, 2010, 10:15 PM

This was the best I could do. My hair kept slipping out of it. :lol:

June 14th, 2010, 03:31 PM
This is my 1st ever figure 8 bun, I just did it 5 minutes ago! A bit more practice and I'm sure it'll look better, but it feels really secure. I love this bun :)

June 14th, 2010, 09:20 PM
May be difficult to see, but it is a figure eight bun :)

June 15th, 2010, 05:16 AM
I remember being not that keen on Figure 8s, once upon a time. But I wear them regularly now. They are quick and easy for work, and I like the elongated shape. I wear the bun with two sticks and two hair pins in the top loop, to stop the whole thing sliding from side to side.


Other pics:
Double Figure 8s (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showpost.php?p=372939&postcount=362) (taken 18 months ago, but I'm wearing the same sticks! ;) )
Rope Braided Figure 8s (http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn253/AprilElf/Misc%20LHC/ropefigure8.jpg)(two-strand and four-strand) from November 2008. A good way to use up extra length when it becomes a problem with a regular Figure 8 bun.

June 15th, 2010, 01:20 PM
Well, these are my first attempts... I tried but my hair is still slightly layered and not quite long enough to get the proper effect. I am proud of myself for acheiving a new style though, I do like how the figure 8 bun looks on me and will be trying the infinity now! He he! Practice makes perfect doesn't it! :)



June 15th, 2010, 04:47 PM

Held with giant bobby pins because hairsticks and the like are contrary for me more often than not. Bobby pins will hold anything for me, though...give me enough pins, and I could rule the world.

June 17th, 2010, 02:42 PM
Here is mine on freshly washed and fluffy hair:


I used bobby pins because my hair rejects hair sticks =S

June 22nd, 2010, 07:50 PM
I'm pretty new to this one, too - but it was easy, and I like the way it looks!


June 23rd, 2010, 09:41 AM
Nothing like coming in at the end of the party! :) I finally got a figure 8 bun that I could wear, using my Nautilus fork. I like it! Granted, this one is a little crooked and my fork went in sideways, but it's better than the first few tries! :o
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs104.snc4/35566_10150215708590646_816825645_13221995_1816768 _n.jpg

June 23rd, 2010, 11:55 AM
It seems impossible to ever get a straight Figure-8-Bun in my hair, but maybe this one is good enough.

June 23rd, 2010, 12:08 PM
Here is mine. I used 4 bent into a "U" shape knitting needles to secure this figure 8. :D

June 25th, 2010, 12:38 PM
Tried a figure eight today. Very stable once I did get it up.


Delicate Orchid
June 26th, 2010, 02:01 PM
This is my figure 8 bun (it's bite size :) )

June 26th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Any tips for doing a figure 8 with thick, layered hair? I really don't know that my hair is long enough (between BSL and waist) at my thickness to do this one. I have been completely unsuccessful, but advice would be greatly appreciated. My shortest layer is APL.

June 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Yes... I think I got it. Couldn't get it to stay with my one long hair stick, but a fork did nicely. It's a bit diagonal. I think I'll wear this tomorrow. Outdoor program in a tent + 90+ degree weather + chance of storms = my hair needs to be off of my neck!


June 27th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Whew, I made it! My figure 8 bun is in my avatar picture (I had to tilt my head) :) This is a difficult style to do when you're under the pressure of wanting to take a picture! It works more often when I'm not thinking about it. I've found that anchoring it by starting with a ponytail really helps, and I twist left and pull the loop up.

June 28th, 2010, 10:48 AM
oh, oh, I love this bun! I learned it from Torin, who pulls the loop down, but then had the genius idea of pulling the loop UP (ok, so I measure my intelligence in small steps :uhh:) and it's wonderful. It's high enough that I can lean back without my bun hitting a headrest first and hurting my neck, it's super secure, and it's pretty. The only problem is that it bulges out quite a bit... but that's just thickness I guess. I haven't had any problems with hairsticks as others seem to have - I've been quite successful holding it with one hairstick, so maybe it's the way you secure the hairstick that makes the difference.
I like it better than the infinity bun because my hair thins really dramatically, so the first loop is always noticeably thicker than the second, and that looks sort of weird sideways, but vertically, it looks great!

June 28th, 2010, 11:28 PM

Squeezing in at the end of the month! I've found this style really convenient and have been wearing it for a few weeks now.

I'll get the dusty mirror and bad lighting sorted for next time! :o

July 1st, 2010, 02:10 AM
I am late, as always.
My very first attempt to figure 8 bun. It's totally unstable. Too short hair I think.

Bluegrass Babe
July 1st, 2010, 09:03 PM
Better late than never... Does my avatar picture count?

For all those with layers and those with hair shorter than bsl:

I made mine accidentally when I was trying to do the casual bun on the Ficcare (http://www.ficcare.com/videos.aspx) website. After I clipped my ends to make a peacock fan, my first (and only complete) coil just flopped down. I was disappointed but my hubby said my "twisty loop"
looked cute! So I secured the loop with some Goody Spin Pins.

I didn't realize til now that flipping a loop is how the F-8 is made! :shrug:

Yea for modifications for shorter and longer lengths! :cheer:

July 1st, 2010, 11:32 PM
Ahhhhh I forgot to do June!!!!! But it's figure 8's which aren't my favorite, so I guess that's why I put it off. Here's my late contribution.

July 5th, 2010, 09:44 AM
I got my magic phone cable.

Better late than never? ;)

Apologies for the poor focus.

October 31st, 2011, 04:45 AM
I did it! I used dpn knitting needles as I don't yet have any hair sticks. My husband said it didn't really look like a figure 8 but it felt right, held well and was comfortable, that's what counts isn't it?

December 3rd, 2011, 10:49 PM
Today was my first F8 attempt and it was pretty slippery. I used two 4" plastic hairpins. When it gets longer this will probably be my favorite style.

June 23rd, 2012, 08:55 PM
Here's my attempt. The ends are falling out because I have some shorter layers, but I kind of like the messy look of it.

July 8th, 2012, 12:18 PM
Ooh I was finally able to accomplish this :) A few years late- lol