6.05.2012

How To: Lauren Conrad's Big Messy Bun & Big Ballerina Bun

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Everyone knows how to do the basic bun--but what if you could add more volume to that bun? This even beats the Pinterest-loving "sock bun." The sock bun just never gave me the hold and volume I wanted, so this has always been my go-to method for a big bun. Here's how:



Y O U ' L L   N E E D:

  • Bun Maker (these are available in blonde and brown, too) Try beauty supply stores for the cheapest.
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby Pins
  • hairspray or gel
  • dry shampoo (optional)


M E T H O D

  • If your hair is on the greasy side, try some dry shampoo to degrease and give some volume/texture to hair. This is completely optional.
  • Put your hair in a ponytail, high on your head.
  • Then decide which big bun you'd like:

Messy Bun with Pins:



  • Slide the bun maker to the beginning of your ponytail. See pic.
  • Swirl hair around and pin. See pic.
  • Set with spray.



Super Big Bun, No Pins (Ballerina)











  • So you want the BIGGEST BUN EVER? No pins?
  • Put your hair in a high pony--see pic.
  • Place the bun maker at the ends of your hair--see pic.
  • Twist & roll your hair through the bun maker, similar to rolling up pantyhose (did I just sound like a granny then?). See pic.
  • Continue this winding/wrapping motion, all the way to the beginning of the ponytail. It takes a few minutes depending on the length/thickness of your hair. See pic.
  • Pin any strays (you shouldn't need any pins to hold the bun as the ends have been wrapped under).
  • Set with spray.
T I P S:
  • Look for "bun maker" or "mesh chignon" when shopping. 
  • The cost is around $3.
  • This method works SO MUCH BETTER than the sock bun. It provides excellent hold and gives the appearance of volume. Try it.
ballerina, messy, ballerina


46 comments:

  1. I really wish I had longer hair so that I could do this! It's also quite amazing how much I remember all your tips and tricks! Love it! Have a great week lovely xoxox

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  2. This is such a fabulous look! Thanks so much for showing us how to easily create it!
    xo
    Sharon

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  3. no bun for my short hair, but it looks great on you!

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  4. I wish I had enough hair for this! It looks so cute, but I think my hair is so thin, the bun maker would show through. It was interesting to see how all of that volume is created though--I always wondered!

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  5. very cool - thanks Elle :) le xox

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  6. I wish I knew this trick before I cut all my hair off! Noted for when it grows back!

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  7. I absolutely need to get myself one of those bun makers. I wear buns daily but usually just swirl my hair up and clip it...how much better does this look? And this is the first time in my life where I've had long hair!

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  8. I haven't had success with the sock bun but this bun holder looks pretty fabulous. I need to pick one up!

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  9. I love sock buns! I will have to pick up one of these next time I go to the store! Thanks elle!

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  10. I absolutely love the look of a ballerina bun - I need to pick up one of those donuts ASAP! :)

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  11. I really love my sock bun, but I may have to try this instead. Thanks!

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  12. I like this much better then the sock bun. I will have to pick up a bun making the next time I go to sally beauty supplies.

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  13. Love these buns!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  14. You seriously make it look so easy...and make me miss having longer hair.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  15. I've always wanted to know how to do this! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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  16. The sock bun is the best invention! I love when my students use it because it makes a perfect bun and I don't have to fix it. ps... your hair is gorgeous!

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  17. How have I made it this far through life without knowing that you needed an extra accessory to make a decent bun?

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  18. i saw that H&M had those bun things! I'm thinking about trying it! I've done this with a sock but I have so little hair that it never looks as big as I would like! :P

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  19. I love the super bun look- definitely need to try this! As always, you come through with a great DIY! ;)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  20. I love buns, and I love how you make it look so easy:)

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  21. That's a great look. My daughter will probably want one of these. She's a dancer, so her hair is always up in a bun.

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  22. Omg, I feel so lied to!!! lol

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  23. I've been looking for these forever. I knew about them years ago because they're pretty popular in Asia, but I could never find them here in the states!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  24. I think the buns are perfect! You really rocked this tutorial.

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  25. I just found your blog! It's great! Love this trick for a great bun. I'll be looking for this.

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  26. I just found your blog! It's great! Love this trick for a great bun. I'll be looking for this.

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  27. Love this! and so fun to do :)
    http://www.annawithlove.com

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  28. hahaha, "bun is larger than it appears!" Such a cute hairstyle on you! :)

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  29. Sorry, but the sock bun works exactly the same.

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  30. Dear Anonymous,
    Sorry, but if you go back and read the post, the donut bun works for my thick hair and a sock bun never did. I didn't get the volume and had to use pins. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  31. love your buns!! haha :) they seriously look so pretty - thanks for the tutorials!! xoxo

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  32. So easy to do and looks awesome!!

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  33. Awesome!! I'm buying one of those today. I've never loved the sock look, so this is quite genius.

    From~
    http://morgan-alexandra.blogspot.com/

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  34. I love this,was going to bob my hair .Will do this for fall thanks!!!

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  35. Everyone say they wish they had longer hair for this but I actually think mine is too long! I can never roll up all the hair with the second technique :(
    it looks so pretty, I wish I could do it!

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  36. You are kicking it Elle! Just randomly stumbled on this pinned on Pinterest. World Famous Beauty Blogger in no time! ;)

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  37. Wish these things came in red, for us redheads! Hopefully the brown won't be too noticeable under my hair....

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  38. Are the premade sock bun donuts easier to use than the homemade ones? I cannot for the life of me get the sock bun to work!

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  39. @Kelly altena I certainly think so, as the sock bun would never stay in my hair. It's certainly worth a try. :)

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  40. i love this tutorial! i like the messy bun 'do tutorial thanks elle!!!

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  41. I love these big buns but the sock never worked that well for me either. My other problem is all the layers in my hair. So many of them fall out or get wonky when I'm trying to roll it. I think the messy bun is the perfect solution until my hair grows out! Thank you.

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