August 10, 2014

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

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 doesnโ€™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 forceย  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!}

  • All World Real videos

    Nice Article. I would like to see about Braided Hairstyles For Kids .

  • natascha clark

    these will be helpful for when I don’t have a hair tie. thanks ;]

  • Wow.. this look is so cute and easy-to-do. Can you share some different and elegnat look to match formal wears ?

  • batoola1

    i like those pencil buns because if your hair was open at school and you want to tie it you can do this

  • Ava Grace

    Can you take a look at some old dancing with the stars hairstyles for another video? Thanks love your hairstyles! My mom follows you guys on Facebook.

  • These hairstyle ideas are really cool.

  • Funny and useful!! Thanks! Love it


  • larabob

    please can you post a new hair style for this week. PLEASE. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth

    Thank you! Great pencil bun ideas!

  • This is awesome. it’s easy to make. this idea is also good for work not obly for school…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Sophia

    It’s great to do this when you don’t have even time to comb your hair in school. can i do this with
    Virgin Brazilian Hair extension.

  • I love the pencil bun ideas and could you do more back-to-school hairstyles this year.

    Your best fan

  • Kathryn

    Hey I was wondering what song this is on your recent videos! Love it so I was just wondering<3

  • Jamie

    Thanks for the video.I just REALLY love messy buns on the whole!

  • Just cant miss the fun in the photos! Have a happy life, gorgeous woman!

  • Julia

    Love this style

  • Karla

    My daughter started wearing pencil buns a couple days ago. I didn’t realize they were your latest video. Thanks for keeping her inspired.

  • i love your hairstyles
    and even brooklyn and bailey
    i have seen all of your videos
    trust me
    love you and will.

  • farida

    I really find this realy usefull and I really wanna chat with you girls I am a big fan and I love making hairstyles

  • Amber Dudley

    thank you so much for the quick and easy hair style

  • Madison

    I love these pencil buns!

  • You are awesome, making hairstyle using pencil. Eliza ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I adore the pencil buns!! Easy to make…great for work days…not only for school! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Stacia Dorman

    I can’t get the song you used for this video out of my head, now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Who sings the songs you guys use on your videos?

  • Natalie

    Please do a tutorial on How To Get the Perfect Pompadour.