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How to do a Twisty Collapse Bun

Do you love the look of creative buns? Do you have a flair for the artistic? Do you have at least medium-length hair but you sometimes struggle with how to get it out of your face or style it for an important event? Are you looking for a simple, quick hairdo that looks unique and creative? If you are ready to be adventurous and artistic with your hair, then it may be time to experiment with a twist collapse bun.

hot-bunsThe twist collapse bun is a hairstyle for the truly artistic person. It makes a great look for formal events, summer picnics, work days, and even a Saturday errand run. It is versatile and it is ideal for hair that has gone one or two days without washing. You can make your hair look beautiful and unique even when it is dirty. Keep in mind that this bun takes a little longer than a standard bun, but it looks quite eclectic and is the perfect hairstyle for a hot summer’s day or an event where you want to look very different from everyone else in the crowd.

Remember to set your twist collapse bun with a little touchable hairspray after you are done, and keep a good amount of bobby pins on hand. This is a bun that requires a lot of bobby pins because of the many twists in your hair. Here is how to get your very own twist collapse bun:

  1. Brush your hair thoroughly and pull it into a ponytail high on your head. Use a strong elastic band or two. You want your ponytail to be strong and sturdy.
  2. Gather together a strip of hair strands about the width of two or three fingers.
  3. Twist the hair strip tightly by twirling it around your fingers. As you twist, the hair strip will begin to collapse on top of your head, forming a spiral of hair.
  4. Secure the spiral of hair with several bobby pins.
  5. Gather a new section of hair and repeat the twisting and pin-securing method. Do this until all of the hair sections in your ponytail have been twisted and secured with pins. Make sure that as you twist the hair strips, that they collapse over the ponytail elastics and cover them up.
  6. Lightly spray with hairspray and add decorative combs or clips to the area around your new twisted collapse bun.

How to do an Upside Down Braid Bun

An upside down braid bun done right can secure your hair in a cute way for the whole day. Buns are usually created by fastening the hair at the base of the neck so that the shorter hairs on the back of the head don’t slip out and fly loose by lunchtime. Such an arrangement, however, pulls the hair down around the ears and depresses the look of the whole face. A flattering upside down braid bun can not only energize your look, but it can easily be created at home by following these few simple steps.

bun-exampleUpside Down French Plait Bun

When your hair is dry and loose, bend forward and brush your hair away from you and over your face until your hair is smooth. Starting at the nape of your neck, separate your hair into three strands and french braid them toward the top of your head. Catch all the short hairs into the braid until you are just above your ears. Consider using conditioner or setting gel to relax the hair and hold it in place. Then, close off the braid with a small elastic tie.

Now, gather the remaining hair toward the end of the braid. Brush through it and secure it there in order to complete the bun. Based on your personal preference, either use a supportive donut around the hair to add shape to the finished bun or split the remaining hair, twisting it around in opposite directions.

Functional, Carefree Styling

This next method is simpler and faster, but it can be just as cute as the first. Draw your hair together loosely in the first band at your neck, or just a bit higher, still catching all the shorter hairs. Then, separate the hair above the band and bring the gathered ponytail through the opening.

There are options at this point. The first involves gathering the hair together above the first elastic and making a twist or a braid that can be shaped into a bun and secured higher on the head. Alternatively, you can draw the entire bun through the space behind the first elastic. Try out both methods to see which is most flattering for you.

As with all new styles, practice makes perfect. Once you master your preferred method, the upside down braid bun will serve you well at both work and play.