Thursday, July 05, 2007

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Don't know why Picasa doesn't always let my collages enlarge, but here it is again.

Bun Tutorial

Warning!!! This is going to take a good 30 to 45 minutes to get it right!

Instructions refer to photos starting from top row left to right, continuing down to second row, etc.

Photo 1 - Pull all your hair up into a high ponytail on top of your head - You don't want it to sit on the back of your head or you'll never be able to lean back! Bad for driving!

Photo 2 - I did this in five sections, so starting on one side, separate about 1 fifth of your hair and make sure the strands are smooth and free of tangles. This was particularly important to me because I wanted it absolutely smooth and symetrical.

Photo 3 and 4 - Start winding the first section around the base of the ponytail at it's lowest point. Don't worry too much because subsequent sections will cover it, but wrap it tightly and as compactly as possible because you don't want it to get too bulky too fast, especially if your hair is very long and you need to make several rotations.

Photo 5, 6 and 7 - Once the first section is tucked under, continue with sections 2 - 5, making sure to continue winding, smoothing and tucking in the same direction at all times. This helps to keep the bun even all around and not lopsided.

Photo 8, 9 and 10 - After all sections are wrapped, tuck any stray ends under the base of the bun or into the body of the bun and then smooth to adjust any holes you make when tucking in strands. Check the back also - It has to look great coming and going!

Photo 11 and 12 - Voila! Your bun is done! If your hair is long, you can do it without pins, as I did. If hair is shorter, I would suggest using very thin hairpins and insert them gently.

Photo 13, 14, and 15 - Adding decoration makes good dramatic effect! Put your Brunsli hairtie to great use, just wrap it around the base of the bun and try putting the decorative shell in the back. Your face is already drama enough for the front, give the folks behind you something to stare at! If you don't have ties, use flowers or another kind of clip. (Ayankha - These ties were some I made using Brunsli's inspiration.)

After I put this bun in, I jumped around, shook my head and held it up-side-down to make sure it was secure. It was. Even a strong wind wasn't moving this! It lasted the entire evening (and could have gone longer!), and since I didn't have any pins in it, there was nothing poking me and giving me a headache. Also, it wasn't as heavy as I thought it might be, nor did it make me feel lop-sided or top heavy. The only caveat - watch out getting into the car! I completely misjudged how high up it was and smacked into the side of the car. I immediately thought it was done for, but it didn't make a dent!

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I finally got it up...

In a bun, that is! What were you thinking??!

On Saturday evening, I had to go to a dinner. I knew exactly what I was going to wear, but I hadn't given much thought to what I was going to do with my hair and I hadn't felt like curling it in advance. So I'm in the bathroom putting on my make up and I take my hair out of the ponytail I had it in. Hanging straight down didn't look very good, so I put it back up into a ponytail, but that wasn't dressy enough for the occasion. I remembered one time I tried to put my hair up and it worked, but I hadn't done it with all of my hair. With a half an hour to go before I had to leave, I started winding my hair around itself and this is what materialized! Amazingly, I did this on the first try. What's even more interesting is that that there is not one pin in the whole thing! Goodnapps - I was thinking about you the whole time!

Want to know how I did it? How to pics and instructions coming soon!

ps - I don't know why the picture won't enlarge - sorry!