View Full Version : I (think I) made up a new bun for my APLish layered hair (tutorial pics)

August 31st, 2010, 02:33 PM
its really easy, looks complicated and makes even LHCers think your hair is way longer then it is, ...kinda looks like a cheater figure 8 IMO

*I dont know why some of the pics are so large, sorry for that I really tried to fix them...maybe they will adjust in time...

all you need is a pony tie (or 2) and a Flexi-8

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture032.jpg gather hair into a pony near top of hair just above earline...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture033.jpg do not pull the hair all the way through on final pony loop...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture034.jpg seperate loop in half to make 2 sections...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture035.jpg I pull up remaining hair over center of loop, because of my layers I cannot pull the loop through to the ends...(looks like a bow tie to me...maybe we should call this a bow tie figure 8 bun, lol)...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture036.jpg place flexi over hair...slide flexi pin through center of loop on side...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture040.jpg place pin under pony ties and through loop on oppisite side, and sucure...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture038.jpg add pins if needed to hold down flyaways...

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab243/happyhippy31/Picture037.jpg enjoy...and post your own pictures!! :cheese::cheese:

FYI: the deep red in my hair is MP-VR over henna, not just henna

August 31st, 2010, 02:34 PM
apparently your only allowed 10 images per post - though I only have 8, it wont let me put up anymore or edit the post without removing more.....so here is a pic from the side...

August 31st, 2010, 02:54 PM
apparently your only allowed 10 images per post - though I only have 8, it wont let me put up anymore or edit the post without removing more.....so here is a pic from the side...

I think it counts smilies as pictures as well :)

That's one neat looking bun, love the flexi-8 too!

August 31st, 2010, 02:55 PM
That's lovely! Thanks for posting!

August 31st, 2010, 02:57 PM
Darn! I would love to try that but I dont Have a Flexi-8 :(

August 31st, 2010, 02:58 PM
Thank you for posting:), i have about same length hair and will try this

August 31st, 2010, 03:01 PM
WOW! I totally love this! Even though my hair is longer, my layers don't allow me to do much. I don't have a flexi but I'll try it with a barrette i have.

thanks for posting this!

ETA: I love the color of your hair!

August 31st, 2010, 03:02 PM
Awesome new bun! I'm a bit of an updo spaz but even I managed to pull this one off and it looks great. :)

August 31st, 2010, 03:11 PM
This is cute and can totally be done with a barrette or hair stick. Thanks for the idea! :)

August 31st, 2010, 03:19 PM
Love it! Ill be rocking this tomorrow or the day after! Thankyou for the pics too, nice and easy to follow!

August 31st, 2010, 03:26 PM
Very original; I haven't seen another like it.

August 31st, 2010, 04:05 PM
Wow, that's really neat! I have to buy a flexi-8 soon :D

August 31st, 2010, 04:24 PM
Oh cool, I love your haircolor by the way :) I do not own a flexi-8 and until yesterday did not even know what it was :P Now I have to go look for one so I can try this out :D

August 31st, 2010, 04:26 PM
I like it! I got to buy a flexi-8 though. Here, hairsticks and flexi-8 are so hard to find. Is flexi8.com a safe website and company to order from?

Luna Lavender
August 31st, 2010, 04:27 PM
Oh, I really like that! My hair is APL and layered, and my first flexi's are on the way. :D Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

August 31st, 2010, 04:46 PM
That looks really cool - and manageable! Will be giving this style a try tomorrow. Thanks for posting, Redneckprincess :)

August 31st, 2010, 05:41 PM
Very pretty! Looks easy too, I will definitely have to try.

Must get a flexi 8 first though.

I had never seen them before and was just checking out the website. They have some great styles on there.

August 31st, 2010, 06:20 PM
Cute! Can't wait to give this a try, thanks for posting!

August 31st, 2010, 06:20 PM
It's adorable. Thank you for sharing photos of that style. You're right; it makes you look as though you have even longer hair than you do. Lovely. :blossom:

August 31st, 2010, 06:48 PM
This is truly ingenious! Thanks for posting :)

August 31st, 2010, 06:55 PM
I'm going to try this for work tomorrow, thanks for a great idea on using my large flexi-8, it was sad and alone next to my others ;)

August 31st, 2010, 06:55 PM
I adore it! It gives me hope I may be able to do a proper bun in a shorter time than I thought :) great tutorial.

Jean Stuart
August 31st, 2010, 07:01 PM
si cool. I need to get one of those

August 31st, 2010, 07:06 PM
Great job! I'll have to try this one! Thanks for sharing! :)

August 31st, 2010, 07:08 PM
Oooo, lovely new style to try :)
Now just to wait for my flexi8's to arrive...

August 31st, 2010, 08:54 PM
I'm glad you all like it, and yeah without the layers I'm sure it can be done with sticks!!

Its the "elegant" style I came up with for work last week, watch for it in the last scene next year the movie "Real Steel" comes out, it should be making an apparence :)

August 31st, 2010, 09:02 PM
I do a very similar bun, but put the remaining hair around the elastic before opening the loop.
And I use a hairstick, I don't have flexi-8
Lovely hair =]

September 2nd, 2010, 12:23 PM
oh i love it!

now I have a reason to buy myself a flexi!


September 2nd, 2010, 12:46 PM
That is lovely. Thanks for sharing. And for those unsure about ordering from the Flexi site, I've ordered several times and always had good service. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. I wear Flexi's for my night bun, and at least one other bun pretty much every day. I seem to mostly alternate between them and sticks.

September 2nd, 2010, 01:42 PM
This works with hair sticks as well :) Great style!

September 2nd, 2010, 01:50 PM
that is adorable! it's like a pretty little bow :)

September 2nd, 2010, 07:33 PM
Super cute! I've never seen this one before, and your tutorial was reeaally easy to follow. My hair is long enough to do regular Figure-8, but because it's so thin it looks terrible. I'm going to see if I can do this method instead!

September 2nd, 2010, 07:43 PM
Thanks redneckprincess!! I'm going to try this right away!

September 2nd, 2010, 07:57 PM
Very nifty. Thanks!

September 2nd, 2010, 09:55 PM
This is awesome! Thank you for posting this. I did it with my hair, though I had to alter it a little since mine is tailbone length. I just split the part that went up and tucked each part carefully under the corresponding bow part. Then I tortured my poor little flexi-8 like thing and made it hold it all. I think I only had to use one bobby pin. Then I just braided the ends.



September 3rd, 2010, 08:54 AM
That is a really great idea. It looks really nice and I love your deep red color:)

September 3rd, 2010, 09:23 AM
BlueMuse, that looks great!

I don't have enough hair yet to do it even the original way, but I'm curious now if you or someone else with long hair might try the entirety of it with two braids. ie:

- make a regular ponytail, split it into two, braid each half

- with another pony holder, make the bow "loops" of the braids (as if starting the original version), then crisscross the braid endings up across and down the way you did with your ends in the photos above

I think it would be pretty, but I'm going to have to wait several years to try it myself. If anyone tries it, I'd love to see pics!

September 3rd, 2010, 09:24 AM
That is so pretty! I am wearing this tomorrow :). The color of your hair is gorgeous btw!

September 3rd, 2010, 09:26 AM
BlueMuse that looks so pretty! Very LOTR :)

September 3rd, 2010, 03:32 PM
Thanks everyone :). Goldenoak I will definitely try your suggestion and take some pictures when I do! I would do it today, but I put my hair back in the original bow because it's so comfy and I have guests coming. I love showing off my new hair styles.

September 3rd, 2010, 04:40 PM
That was a very cute updo :) I will try it on both me and DD tomorrow :)

September 3rd, 2010, 04:46 PM
I love it! But I am so hair toy deprived it's not funny. :( All I have is a bunch of scrunchies & one plastic claw clip.

I really need to harp on hubby to buy me some toys...I've been wanting a flexi 8 for a while now too....

Anyways, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this!

September 3rd, 2010, 05:28 PM
great bun,and LOVE your hair colour :)

September 3rd, 2010, 10:45 PM
So cute! almost like a bow on a present....going off to try this now...

September 3rd, 2010, 11:03 PM
I really like that! Darn you RNP for making it even harder for me to not buy a flexi 8 ^_^

September 4th, 2010, 02:49 AM
Wow, fantastic!! I will try this - my hair is bsl but the thickness makes buns hard to do even now... I don't have an flexi-8 either but maybe it'll work with a stick or something...


BlueMuse: That's so super pretty!!

September 4th, 2010, 10:32 PM
this is really beautiful! I'm going to have to try this once I get a hold of a flexi :)

September 6th, 2010, 03:38 PM
BlueMuse, thank you for being willing to be a long-hair-surrogate so that I can see what it'd look like! I very much look forward to seeing your pics. :)

September 6th, 2010, 03:41 PM
Oooh, I'm going to have to try this this weekend, though likely with a barette instead of a Flexi-8, given how I don't have one of those...

September 6th, 2010, 03:57 PM
Alright! I gave the braided bow a try. It made for a bulkier center than the non braided form, and my poor little slide may not be long for this world. I did three braids on each side and then braided them together to make a more substantial loop for each bow side. Then, once everything was clipped in place I separated out the ends.

I think I might try a regular three strand braid the next time. I'm fairly happy with how it came out, but I think my fears that a single braid wouldn't be substantial enough to hold the bow shape may have been unfounded.



September 6th, 2010, 04:03 PM
That was a very cute updo :) I will try it on both me and DD tomorrow :)
Well I did try it but it was a total failure on DD :P The flexi8, sx small, was to small and it was the only barrette I had right now. On me, using flexi8 sz large, it worked and looked allright I guess:
I wrapped the ends up under the bun and had to use a few hair pins to make them stay.

September 6th, 2010, 05:42 PM
Thanks BlueMuse! Your hair looks awesome. :cheese:

Bluegrass Babe
September 20th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Thanks, redneckprincess! That's one beautiful bun! What size is your flexi-8?

BlueMuse, your bun is beautiful, too! Love the braids!

I plan on trying this and posting a pic, but not now - my hair is drip drying for next few hours. I am now going to be miserable while waiting. :( Where did I put the fan...? :hmm:

BTW all... If you don't have a flexi-8 or similar toy, you can use a stick and a hair elastic like Finoriel uses for her chignon. I am going to use one with glittery glass flower. Here is an example of how to use it:
http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y371/Bluegrass-Babe/th_nikonpics011.jpg (http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y371/Bluegrass-Babe/nikonpics011.jpg)

September 20th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Love it! The braided variation too, though that will have to wait.

September 20th, 2010, 04:31 PM
This looks really cute!
I'll try it soon too

September 20th, 2010, 05:21 PM
Beautiful! I'll give it a try!
I love Flexi 8. I want to buy some, but the shipping cost to Chile is very expensive (insert sad song here)

Bluegrass Babe
September 20th, 2010, 08:09 PM
I finally got a pic! I couldn't find my black stick at first and my right loop kept getting mashed. Then I found my stick and tried again. I swear my loops did not look that huge in the mirror!

We have got to name this and get the mods to put it in the hairstyle articles.
http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y371/Bluegrass-Babe/th_double.jpg (http://i1031.photobucket.com/albums/y371/Bluegrass-Babe/double.jpg)

September 21st, 2010, 11:01 AM
my hair is still too short for that :( maybe in one or two months.
the bun looks great. I'm really looking forward to it.

September 21st, 2010, 11:06 AM
Thats a nice updo! The finished bun looks more complicated that it is and it seems as though you have very long hair! I'll have to try this when my hair grows longer.

September 21st, 2010, 12:12 PM
I suggest "bow bun"
I made one and I posted a picture in the flexi-8 thread. I used an xlarge and now wish I'd custom ordered an xxl...

October 7th, 2010, 02:12 AM
I tried this out too and it didn't look that good on my hair :(

I think I did the loops too big (ie I pulled the hair through too far)
and the loops didn't really stay all that flat to my head (I have to pin them down)
Did I put the flexi in wrong?

Lisa R
October 7th, 2010, 02:33 AM
Yay! A new hair style I can try. Will give it a go soon. I recently bought some flexi 8's so can't wait to try this new do. Thank you! By the way redneckprincess you hair looked great in the photo's!