Friday, June 9, 2017

Natural Hairstyles: The Sexy Messy Bun & More!


BUNS!! We love them, rock them and are forever finding new ways to give them life in our natural hair. Buns are popular with natural and relaxed styles but without natural texture, our buns have volume and character that straight hair just doesn't have with these styles. A bun can be messy, to the back, up top, and even coupled with loose hair as the variations are pretty endless.

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Buns are not just for the medium to long-haired naturals as small buns or simply adding some hair can give you as big a bun as you dare. Think buns are boring? Check out all the cute ways to style them and see just how amazing this simple yet fun look give your look.


We love messy buns! They are the easily one of the sexiest and easiest bun styles to rock that allow you to look like you don't care while actually caring a lot! Usually up at the crown or top of your head, a messy bun is simply a haphazardly put together bun that is loose and has many of your coils, kinks and curls cascading about. 

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Often associated with college students as they head off to class, the look can be worn by anyone and even paired with headbands and scarves to give added flavor.  Using scarves of varying lengths, headbands and hair clips only give messy buns more depth and style. 

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The biggest draw to this style is how the hair masterfully allows hairs to fall at the wayside and give a flirtatious feel. Honestly, you can wear this style in more informal settings but paired with the right headband or hair jewelry and you even can create gorgeous wedding hair. 

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When creating this style think more of carefree spirit than structure and know as long as you love it, the style will be great. Embrace your mass of textured hair and enjoy your messy bun. Don't forget this style can be easily mastered with hair clips or extensions that can add length and fullness. 

Don't get it twisted. There is real work that goes into creating a sexy messy bun. Yup, you can simply pull it up and hope for the best, but if you want to see how to create the carefree yet fun and flirty messy bun, check out this video by Shawntas Way. You just need some water, a spray bottle, some oil or cream to revitalize your hair and a toothbrush. 

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Space buns, afro puffs, double buns...however you care to call them, this style looks great on any curly-haired lovely.  Our texture gives this style volume and fullness that straight hair just doesn't have. I love this look as it adds youthfulness to anyone wearing it. Whether they are side to side, or top and bottom, the double buns or space buns are all about having fun. 

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I find myself rocking these more and more on wash day and fluffing out when dry as it gives my hair some much needed lift. I also enjoy wearing them when feeling like having some fun. Some may find my small buns unappealing so if you have thinner hair like I do know you can always add some hair to give the desired fullness you crave. 

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Rules? What rules! They do not have to be even, nor on either side of your head. They most certainly are not just for loose naturals and look super lovely in box braids, locs and twists. Don't forget the accessories that always look good in our hair like scarves and hair jewelry. 

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Using hair extensions or braiding hair gives space buns height, width and even color so never feel you are limited by what you see others do. Do you and have fun with it.

Nothing cuter than spicing up your space buns with some flair like Lexis Hair's banded buns. Leave out some baby hair and take your buns to another stylish level! 

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This is one of the most fun natural hairstyles when it comes to buns. You can fake bangs by adding braiding hair, pinning your own longer tresses into buns or just rock your true bangs. Accompany them to buns up high, low to the side or even with space buns because the variations are pretty much up to you.

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Pretty much dubbed the "classic curly girl look", the bangs w/ buns style is great for work or play and ideal for summer as we are full-fledge into June. You can also turn a look that didn't come out just right into this style and the messier the better. 

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What's more fun than adding some accessories with your bangs and buns? Not much, as they add character, color and charm to your look. They tie in your mood or flavor and always take your BnB to the next level. 

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One last BnB look to share is the beloved box braids and Senegalese twists. Braids and twists are always a win for summer hair and the bangs with buns works fabulously well. Never forget the versatility of braids and twists 

Check out this video by QuiNatural Jackson on her quick  and cute BnB that has the flair of color. I love that color and her cut puff /bun with bangs!

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Chignons are quite popular for naturals as they exude elegance, softness and beauty. They are merely buns pinned into a knot at the nape of the neck or at the back of the head and often seen in wedding hair often accompanied by flowers. 

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Nothing lovelier than a chignon as wedding hair and we market the style better than any but understand the focus on this look is creativity. One must put her own spin on the low bun and that can be achieved in several different ways. 

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From twists to flowers, this style is truly up to the creator and can be dressed up or down just as easily. I love the uniqueness you see with each hair texture and length. This is an easy style to fake with added hair so don't feel left out TWAers!

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If you didn't notice, this is also a protective style that lasts and has an easy nighttime routine. Simply cover with a satin scarf or bonnet at night and slightly spritz down any flyaways in the morning. It's also a great style to wear from an older stretched style too. 

Naturally Curious has one of the most requested and loved chignon's you can find on natural hair. Easy to create on any hair texture, including on locs or braids, this chignon is elegant, long-lasting and a favorite to rock. 

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It's hard to believe that I have to call this style, "old school", but the ninja bun with a puff at the very top of your head and the remaining hair loose is coming to a close. Just a few years ago, this style was ruling the natural hair movement and everyone was rocking one in varying ways. 

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It's a fun style, easy to create, looks cute and makes everyone look and FEEL younger. Love the look and while, many find it youthful, some may not find it work friendly or for formal affairs. I balk at that notion as any style can be dressed up or down and adds character to your look. 

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This is another great style to wear after an old twist/braid out or wash and go and simply reviving the curls with moisture, scrunching and a little gel, it can be good as new and give you a few more days until washday. 

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Also excellent for Locs, braids and twists, the retro ninja bun is a quick style to get you out the door fast and looking like you put in real effort. Gotta love those kinds of styles.

I love this video by Samirah Gilli on her version of the ninja bun. This easy to follow video ends up with s fun style that will be perfect for summer!

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Gone are the days of the natural hair traditional ninja bun (or so it seems!). It's been replaced by a sleeker, higher and still cute, ninja bun that has completely taken over. I vividly remember finding nothing like this style when on Pinterest in Instagram when searching for the ninja bun, but now, it's all you can find. This super sleek. super straight version is hot right now and if you haven't worn it you are all alone!

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The twisted high bun at the top of your head is flawless. Shiny, wefts of hair in the bun can be your own or added hair and many opt for fun colors like blue, pink or even blond to give the look character. It's really up to you and how you feeling in that moment.

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One would think this style must be created on bone straight hair but fret not, as you don't have to add heat to rock this style. Looking much like a natural's top knot, the ninja bun, newest version, is just as sleek and sexy on your curls, coils and waves. Check out Curldaze's look below!

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I love the original but must admit this sexy version is growing on me quickly. while I may wait until my hair gets longer to try this style, don't feel you have to wait until your hair gets long enough. Slap on a straight ponytail or braiding hair and have fun with the style!

I really see this style may intimidate some naturals because it is a highly sleek style; so I decided to share a less sleek version that is just as sexy, soft and stylish. Aysa Taylor really created an easy to follow video that will ensure your ninja bun is just as flawless (or better) than one with straight hair!

No matter how you choose to rock your bun, know this protective and sexy style is always a good idea for any look you are going for. I LOVE buns and find them perfect for any occasion. I know if you were unsure, this post has wowed you over and ready to take a plunge for  one of the styles mention. 

Which style are you working on now?  Share below!

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