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Mononoke
June 1st, 2012, 02:16 PM
The only bun I've tried, which holds my hair well, is a cinnabun, and I'm getting kind of tired of it, not to mention the fact that I'm afraid all this twisting might damage my hair.

Does anyone have suggestions for buns for midback-length hair, preferably ones held with sticks (either one or two)?
Thanks!

PolarCathy
June 1st, 2012, 02:17 PM
Signing up for the thread...

I have no suggestions, I have the same problem.

natt i nord
June 1st, 2012, 02:17 PM
You could try the LWB (lazy wrap bun). I'm at midback and it holds with a stick, though it works better with a fork or flexi, especially with straight hair.

PolarCathy
June 1st, 2012, 02:20 PM
Actually I do have one... it's not really a bun but that's what I do with my hair practically every day at this awkward length. I do a simple Dutch braid and I fold it back, then pin it up with at least two sticks (like X)

Or with forks: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7303473774_33b527b5b0_n.jpg (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7303473774_733732609f_o.jpg)

I'd like to add more to my repertoire so...

Stormcast
June 1st, 2012, 02:22 PM
The rose bun always worked well for me. It was my staple...lol.

Mononoke
June 1st, 2012, 02:23 PM
You could try the LWB (lazy wrap bun). I'm at midback and it holds with a stick, though it works better with a fork or flexi, especially with straight hair.

Actually, I've tried it (learning from Habioku's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTt771qkO24 ), but for some reason I can't do the part where you stick the hairstick (the hair just doesn't let it flip the other way). :)

lapushka
June 1st, 2012, 02:34 PM
I *love* the lazy wrap bun, also the pencil bun, and the nautilus bun. A knot bun is great too.

Arrow
June 1st, 2012, 02:43 PM
The ones I tend to do are various variations upon the Chinese bun:

Traditional Chinese Bun (tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ccg8cOkm9Y))

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=9227&pictureid=120376

Roped Chinese Bun (tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yFClsflSzY)):

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=9227&pictureid=120995

Snake Bun (tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaCLM_8Aqr0)):

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=9227&pictureid=121685

The Woven Bun (tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1D-YfJj15k)):

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=9624&pictureid=124477

Hope some of these are helpful :)

MissManda
June 1st, 2012, 02:54 PM
In addition to the previously suggested styles, I like the Seashell Bun (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=65935) and the French Pinless (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnEBuIk9GuI).

Alvrodul
June 1st, 2012, 03:20 PM
The rose bun! That is a very pretty style, and is very secure as well. and once you have learned it, rope braiding is both quick and easy!

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=5879&pictureid=85722

pepperminttea
June 1st, 2012, 03:32 PM
Pencil bun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0k3dD4qX34#at=016)? :)

PolarCathy
June 1st, 2012, 03:34 PM
I don't know if OP is in the bathroom now trying all these but I know I was.. :)

Mononoke
June 1st, 2012, 04:19 PM
I don't know if OP is in the bathroom now trying all these but I know I was.. :)

Not in the bathroom, but I did try all of these :lol:
The pencil bun worked well for me, but the rose bun and the seashell bun not so much (I have hairs badly sticking out, and I don't even have layers!).

PolarCathy
June 1st, 2012, 04:23 PM
Not in the bathroom, but I did try all of these :lol:
The pencil bun worked well for me, but the rose bun and the seashell bun not so much (I have hairs badly sticking out, and I don't even have layers!).

For me, the woven (?) looks awful on me (unfortunate because I really like it). I just have to practice I guess... I like that people inserted links or pics. The ones without links or pics I haven't tried yet (way too lazy to Google right now). I'm so glad you started this thread! :flowers:

Mononoke
June 1st, 2012, 04:25 PM
And I am glad there's someone who shares my problem :D
By the way, try searching them in youtube, I've found tutorials for all of them, and they were quite good.

PolarCathy
June 1st, 2012, 04:26 PM
And I am glad there's someone who shares my problem :D
By the way, try searching them in youtube, I've found tutorials for all of them, and they were quite good.

I will; I'm just reading something now (and getting distracted by LHC every five minutes). Maybe tomorrow :)

Anje
June 1st, 2012, 04:27 PM
Lazy wrap is great. Depending on your thickness (I was able to manage it at that length, but I'm on the low end of ii thickness), you might be able to do a celtic knot bun.

quintanion
June 1st, 2012, 04:29 PM
I love doing a french braided bun with sticks. I'm just past APL and this is elegant, easy and makes it look like I have a lot more hair than I do. Can't find the tutorial (which I originally saw linked from LHC) right now, but you basically just start with a regular french braid. Insert a stick vertically (I do a slight diagonal to make it look nicer) through the part of the braid against your scalp, then wind the rest around it and secure with a second stick. Photo below is with just one stick and a bobby pin holding the end. I started the french braid a little too low, but you get the idea

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/Tiraka/IMG_0521.jpg

torrilin
June 1st, 2012, 05:00 PM
Lazy wrap is great. Depending on your thickness (I was able to manage it at that length, but I'm on the low end of ii thickness), you might be able to do a celtic knot bun.

I'm a middle ii, but waist is like 32" on me too, so...

A plain knot bun works at BSL, barely. Depending on how you measure, BSL is 25-27" on me. If I'm dead on BSL, I can't do a Celtic Knot, and I need more length. But around 29", I can do nice solid Celtic Knots *and* they're one of my favorite friendly to bike helmet buns. It's a really nice flattening sort of bun. U pins work, spin pins work, sticks work, forks work. I find knot buns to be really flexible and really well suited to my accursed slippery hair.

I've worked out how to get Heidi braids to work with a bike helmet, and they are a pretty length agnostic style. I haven't yet found a length where my hair is "too long" for 'em. I find the easiest way to make my braids look tiny and thin is to pin them back on my head. The nearer the braids are to my hairline, the better it looks. An alternative look with the exact same setup and minimum length reqs is Casey's Romantic Braided Updo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HKWx47RD20). The woman in the video uses hairspray, but it works fine without. These are both more hairpin friendly than stick friendly, but the tradeoff is twin braids are easy to do when you're sopping wet from the shower, so a lot of hair sticks wouldn't be happy anyway. Tiny claw clips can also work for both these styles if hair pins make you crazy.

Lace crown braid works with a bike helmet and works on BSL hair for me. It is also pretty length agnostic, and once it works, it'll continue to work for quite a long time. However, I find it's more fiddly than Heidi braids. OTOH, it doesn't necessarily take *anything* to make it hold.

firegypsy
June 1st, 2012, 07:46 PM
thank you for this thread! I'm not even APL and this has been helpful! I freaking LOVE LHC!

kdaniels8811
June 1st, 2012, 08:23 PM
The orchid bun was my favorite when my hair was longer. Or the sock bun. Both tutorials available under the hairstyles link, sorry, I never figured out how to link tutorials.

My hair JUST hit APL, in August it will be two years growing from bald. Everyone tells me my hair grows quickly, it is way too slow for me! I want my waist length hair back.

Sunshineliz
June 1st, 2012, 08:26 PM
I love the wrapped hairstick bun (http://www.frannyslonghairstyles.com/apps/videos/videos/show/9396075-wrapped-hairstick-bun-updo) (tutorial.) It worked at above APL (see siggy),

it works now at a little past BSL--
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7317639112_8f86e2421f_n.jpg

And it works on DD11 who is classic (and a little thicker-haired too)

It also holds like a rock, even through DD11 playing all over the playground at recess.

Long_hair_bear
June 1st, 2012, 09:01 PM
As Arrow suggested, I love the woven bun and Chinese bun. :)

elthia
June 3rd, 2012, 08:47 PM
I thought my hair was ii thickness, but maybe it is more ii/iii, because I am between bra strap and waist and am having a difficult time with most of these. I can just now barely do a nautilus bun that is horrendously tight, but if I loosen it any, it unravels when my ends fall out. Just to see if it was possible, I sectioned out a third of my hair, and some of the buns are possible. It is not my length, it is my thickness. I am just not going to thin out my hair, or cut bangs so I can do different buns. Maybe by the end of the year.

Dovetail
June 3rd, 2012, 09:17 PM
This Thread is awesome! Maybe I'll try a week or two of hair updo. Im totally down-hair girl so these are going to be totally fun to try.

Kristen121
June 23rd, 2012, 11:15 AM
I love the wrapped hairstick bun (http://www.frannyslonghairstyles.com/apps/videos/videos/show/9396075-wrapped-hairstick-bun-updo) (tutorial.) It worked at above APL (see siggy),

it works now at a little past BSL--
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7317639112_8f86e2421f_n.jpg

And it works on DD11 who is classic (and a little thicker-haired too)

It also holds like a rock, even through DD11 playing all over the playground at recess.

Oh thanks for this! I had a friend in high school who would always use a pencil to out her hair into a bun and I have been trying to remember how she did it because I loved the style. This is exactly how she did it!

Tabitha
June 23rd, 2012, 11:22 AM
Yet another vote for the pencil bun here. I've been using it since APL and it still works well at waist+ although I think it may have mutated very slowly into something slightly different now. It's the only bun I ever do! works well with forks & Ficcares as well as pencils/sticks.

white.chocolate
June 23rd, 2012, 11:26 AM
The figure 8 / infinity bun. ...yeah, I'm not so good with buns...

jeanniet
June 23rd, 2012, 11:51 AM
Yet another vote for the pencil bun here. I've been using it since APL and it still works well at waist+ although I think it may have mutated very slowly into something slightly different now. It's the only bun I ever do! works well with forks & Ficcares as well as pencils/sticks.
Lol, my pencil bun has also morphed somewhat, but still works beautifully at hip. If you end up with extra hair, just wrap it around the base.

jeanniet
June 23rd, 2012, 02:24 PM
I thought my hair was ii thickness, but maybe it is more ii/iii, because I am between bra strap and waist and am having a difficult time with most of these. I can just now barely do a nautilus bun that is horrendously tight, but if I loosen it any, it unravels when my ends fall out. Just to see if it was possible, I sectioned out a third of my hair, and some of the buns are possible. It is not my length, it is my thickness. I am just not going to thin out my hair, or cut bangs so I can do different buns. Maybe by the end of the year.
It sounds like you're probably more a iii. I'm at hip and still can't do a decent figure 8; I need another couple of inches to do it properly. Pencil bun and lazy wrap should work for you.

Long_hair_bear
June 23rd, 2012, 02:49 PM
Definitely subscribed to this thread!

prettykitty
July 4th, 2012, 10:53 PM
I think I need to brush up on my skills...what I called a pencil bun is actually a wrapped hair stick bun, and my pencil bun morphed into a nautilus! Bookymarky I think!

Aliped
July 4th, 2012, 11:15 PM
I *love* the lazy wrap bun, also the pencil bun, and the nautilus bun. A knot bun is great too.

I really do not know what I would do without the Nautilus bun!

summerfox
July 5th, 2012, 01:44 AM
I've always had trouble getting my hair to stay put using sticks to hold my hair. Thanks for the idea to look on youtube for tips!