3 Easy Pencil Bun Ideas | Back-to-School Hairstyles

August 10, 2014

It is Back-to-School season, and on some days you will wear your hair down in the most perfect, gorgeous curls. But, later that afternoon, it will get hot in Math class! What can you do to cool down?

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

Today we will show you how to create each of these three easy Pencil Buns!

All you need is a pencil, and any one of these bun ideas will work perfectly! This can be done on straight or curly hair, with layers, etc, and it will look equally as cute, too! Some choose to use pens to facilitate the hairstyle, and others use chopsticks… it is all up to you!

Pencil Buns | Back-to-School Hairstyles

I prefer to use curls as the base for these buns, simply because the added texture helps the style hold easier. Today I show you how to create them on straight hair, because I wanted you to see that they can be done.

Messy Bun Messy Bun Messy Bun

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, and gain your own fan base on IG, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGHPencilBuns

There is nothing new to these styles, as teachers and secretaries have been wearing them for decades. Asian cultures have been tying up hair with in styles like these for centuries longer.

It’s just that when you are in a pinch, and want to tie your hair up, what do you do? It is nice to have a few pencil bun ideas to choose from.

Then, as an added bonus…when you are done with it, simply pull out the bun, whip your head around a bit, and ejoy a few hours of subtle bouncy curls!

Items Needed: One “No. 2″ pencil

Time Requirement: 30 seconds each

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Bun #1- Simple:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all hair to the middle back of the head, like you would for a centered ponytail…
  2. Now begin to twist the hair and form it into a bun shape, as you normally would before placing in a hair elastic…
  3. When you run out of hair to twist around, take your pencil and push it into the right side of the bun, at an angle, towards your head…
  4. Then weave the pencil up and down, up and down, through the bun and out the far left side of the bun {this is what secures the bun in place, much like setting a safety pin}…
  5. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #2 – Inverted:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering all the hair to the nape of the neck, like you would a low ponytail…
  2. Place the pencil on the left side of the ponytail…
  3. Wrap the hair over the pencil once {or twice, depending on the length of hair}…
  4. Now, twist the pencil upward until the point is pointing straight up…
  5. Then lift the end of the pencil upward which will force the point downward through the hair between the bun and head {be very careful not to scratch your scalp in this process}…
  6. As the bun is set, be sure the pencil doesn’t pop out in the hair beneath the bun…
  7. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Bun #3:
Messy Bun

  1. Begin by gathering hair to the middle back of head, like you would in a centered ponytail…
  2. Twist and let it wrap around itself into a bun…
  3. Stick the pencil up through the bottom of the bun, and force it all the way through the bun, in an upward motion…
  4. When the pencil reaches the top of the bun lift up the back of the pencil, which will force  the point downward against your scalp…
  5. Push the pencil all the way down until it nearly comes out the bottom beneath the bun…
  6. Tuck in any loose ends, and you are done!

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of these three easy Pencil Bun Ideas!

Happy Hairstyling!

With school coming in just a few weeks, BrooklynAndBailey needed to go school shopping. I agreed that if they could pay for half the clothes, we would pay the other half! They have been working like crazy, babysitting and house sitting for neighbors, and the video below is the end result of their back-to-school shopping! {Several of the items are now sold out!}

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Waterfall Braid Headband Combo | Braided Hairstyles

September 16, 2012

The hairstyle for this week uses a variation of our popular Waterfall Braid tutorial {over 16 million views}.  I think you’re going to LOVE what we do with this!

Everyone knows that the waterfall braid has become a very popular hairstyle. Have you thought about wearing it as a headband?  Well… we decided to try it and the hairstyle turned out simply gorgeous!

Recreate the Hairstyle:

  • Begin by sectioning hair from ear to ear.  Secure bottom section of hair with an elastic to keep it out of the way.
  • Create a Waterfall Braid starting near one ear, going up over the forehead, and down to the other ear. Make sure all dropped strands fall toward the back of your head.
  • Secure the braid right behind your ear with a tiny elastic the same color as your hair.
There you have it! Pretty easy, right?

Now, to show you just how versatile this hairstyle accent can be, I’m going to show you four different ways to finish off the headband!

1.  Waterfall Headband into Gorgeous Curls/Waves

Waterfall Braided Headband with Loose Curls

Leave your hair down and add a few cute curls.  The dropped strands will cascade over your head and down with the rest of the curls.  {You can view our NuMe Wand Curl video or our Sock Curls tutorial to get ideas on how to create gorgeous curls.}

2.  Waterfall Headband into a {Hair-Wrapped} High Ponytail

Waterfall Braided Headband into Hair-Wrapped Ponytail

Pick up all of the hair previously secured out the way, and brush upwards and into a high pony tail.  Add in the dropped pieces from the waterfall braid {be careful not to pull too hard on the strands and un-straighten the waterfall braid}.  Add an elastic to secure the high ponytail.  Grab a small strand of hair and do a hair wrap to cover the elastic, or even a cute microbraid for a fun accent.  {This version is PERFECT for girls need to wear a ponytail, in sports, for example, but still want to have a little fun flair to the hair!}

3.  Waterfall Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Bun with Accent Braid.

Create a high ponytail, however this time twist the hair into a ballet bun and secure with an elastic.  Braid the remainder of the waterfall braid behind the ear and create a long microbraid and wrap it around the bun for a little add flair.  {This is a great twist on a bun for all of you girls that love dance and ballet!}

4.  Waterfall Headband into a Messy Bun

Waterfall Braided Headband into a Messy Bun.

Create the high ponytail, as before.  Now mix it up by adding a super cute Messy Bun

When you are finished, you will have four fantastic look… all very different yet absolutely beautiful!  I’m sure you are going to receive may compliments on this one!

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 alligator clips, 2 small hair elastics, 2 large hairbands, 2-3 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes for each of the four hairstyles

Skill Level: Medium

Happy Hairdoing!

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Pin Coil {Curl} Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

August 27, 2012

We wanted to teach you a fun way to accent any number to hairstyles, and can accent a style for any number of occasions.

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You can use pin coils to accent a simple hairdo, add variety to a basic messy bun, dress up a formal occasion, or even just match a cute outfit!   In the video below, I used the pin coils to accent basic beachy waves and also to accent a simply messy bun.  Either way looks great!

I’ve also had fans comment that you can use the coils to cover ponytail holders on a basic ponytail, create a headband, or create amazing day-2 waves in your hair.

Many of you may remember your mother or grandmother making overnight “pin curls” using this same method to created beautiful next-day curls.  That is where I got this accent idea!

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

Pin Curl Accents | Easy Hairstyle Ideas

You may also use these accents as a very fun way to dress up an updo for Prom or Homecoming, since these pin coils are easy to form and look very much like rosettes!

Your possibilities really are endless!  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, 3-4 small bobby, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by determining where you want your cluster of Pin Curls…
  2. Then, grab a 1-inch section of hair and twist it around your 2nd and 3rd fingers to create a coil shape…
  3. Gently slide the coil of hair off of your fingers and lay it flat against your head…
  4. Take a bobby pin and secure the coil against your head.  {Do your best to hide the bobby pin.  See note below…}
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you form your desired, cute cluster of coils.  I created three coils in this video, but you can do four, five, or even a whole headband of coils.
  6. Get creative… and enjoy!

* Note from Mindy:  To make the bobby pins less noticeable, try using the mini bobby pins that match the color of your hair.  {In this tutorial, I used large “blonde” pins so you could see what I was doing.} You can also “weave” the bobby pins through the coil in an up and down manner to help hide them.  Using decorative bobby pins with little jewels can also add a little flair.

Happy Hairdoing!

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Messy Glow Bun | 4th of July Hairstyles

July 04, 2011

We decided to get really creative with this 4th of July hairstyle! This can be done for any national celebration (July 4th, Canada Day, Australia Day, or for New Year’s Eve, etc.)

About six months ago I was surfing around the internet for fun hair accessories when I stumbled upon a really fun site. It is where I learned about Glowby’s! {Be sure to use coupon code CUTEGIRL10 to receive 10% off of all orders!}

I loved the fiber-optic concept and that you do not have to have a stack of AA batteries stuck in your hair for the lights to work. They do not get hot, and the strands can pretty much work with any style (without breaking). I decided to buy some Glowby’s and try them out.

I used our popular Messy Bun hairstyle as the base concept, and then wove in the strands of the Glowby throughout. {Luminence offers these in a variety of colors, so you can mix and match them for any holiday, or simply use white ones for weddings or formal dances.}

While we were at a fireworks display, our girls were constantly stopped and asked where we found the glow strands. We noticed plenty of people pointing to our girls, and some even wanted to take photos of the styles on their phones.

Trust us, your girls will be noticed with this style!!!

Items Needed:  Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1-2 large hair elastics, 1 Glowby.

Time Requirement: 5-10 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Now, it may look like a bear to take the Glowby out of the Messy Bun, but it really is a 2 second process. Since the strands of the Glowby are smooth plastic fiberoptics, they literally slide right out with a gentle tug on the barrette! No pain!

Hope you enjoy this style, which can be used by girls of all ages on any holiday, or by older girls and women at concerts, dance clubs, etc! Enjoy!

Happy Hairdoing,

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Pretzel Twist into Messy Bun

June 14, 2011

This hairstyle is another quick one that can be done in under three minutes. It incorporates the use of a ponytail separated into two twists that form the shape of a pretzel, and then tied off with a hairband and finished into a fun messy bun.

You will find that this twist hairstyle is perfect for pretty much any occasion, formal or not, and can be ideal for a prom or homecoming hairstyle along with some really cute accessories.

Pretzel Twist into Messy Bun

You will find that the pretzel shape will look more uniform if the twisted strands are about an inch or two shorter than the length of hair in the video.

This style works on curly hair as well, and on girls of all ages.  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Rat-tail comb, water spray bottle, pomade/gel/hairspray {if desired), 2 hairbands, ribbon or accessory {if desired}

Time Requirement: 3 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

*Note from Mindy: If you notice the extra large camera in the background, that is because ABC News in NY sent a camera crew to our home for an upcoming 20/20 primetime special on YouTube that will be airing either at the end of June or in July. In all, they were at our house nearly 8 hours so it sure made for a busy day! We are not sure of the air date, but once we do… we will let you know!

Happy Hairdoing,

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