The Perfect Bow Bun Updo

I’ve been wanting to feature this week’s tutorial for a long time! It combines features we have shown you how to do a long time ago, the Sock Bun and a Hair Bow. This combo has been perfected fabulously by several of our friends on Instagram, including Kimberly0706 and Chicas_Chic. Be sure to check them out!

Young girl outside modeling Bow Bun Updo

TIP: For any of you without a bun maker, you can create one easily by yourself with only a tube sock and pair of scissors. All you have to do is cut the toe out of the sock, and roll the sock up to create your bun former.

To see your own photo recreations of this style featured in our CGH app, feel free to tag your photos on IG with: #CGHBowBun

Young girl outside playing outside in the park

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The hairdo can be dressed up, or down, depending on your mood and style. Kamri prefers to wear this with just about anything, like the denim shirt and white jeans she is wearing in this video.

This updo hairstyle is so adorable, and would be perfect for Prom or Homecoming, but equally a beautiful for ballet or dance.

Young girl outside modeling Bow Bun Updo

Young girl outside modeling Bow Bun Updo (Back)

I have tried this on both wet and dry hair, and it looks super cute either way. Doing this wet obviously leaves a more crisp and clean look, especially if you add pomade to the ponytail before styling, but the dry version is what older girls are going for today. Because this bun already has a bow in it, there also isn’t any need for you to add an accessory!

Young girl outside modeling Bow Bun Updo

Young girl outside standing from the lake

Kamri’s In-Video Outfit:
Denim Shirt: Target | White Pants: Target | Grey Flats: Charlotte Russe

Young girl outside modeling Bow Bun Updo (Back)

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, bun maker, 2 ponytail holders, 1 small hair elastic, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray or Spray Wax {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Medium

Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by securing all the hair into a high ponytail…
  2. Next, section off a 1 inch piece and temporarily secure it out of the way while you work with the rest of the ponytail…
  3. Slide a bun maker {or hair doughnut} onto the larger ponytail, leaving the small one underneath…
  4. Allow the hair fall naturally, so that it covers the bun maker evenly {you many use a comb to help you achieve this}…
  5. Add a second ponytail holder over the top of the newly-created hair bun to secure it perfectly…
  6. Then, begin to twist the remaining hair around the base, carefully adding in small sections of remaining hair into the twist as you go around…
  7. When you run out of left-over hair at the base of the bun, bobby pin the ends into place against the bun maker, using more bobby pins to secure any layered ends…
  8. Now, release the small ponytail section you temporarily set aside, which is now underneath the bun, and add a small hair elastic on it up near the bun’s base…
  9. After wrapping the elastic around the hair a few times, before it is too tight, take your index finger and thumb through the elastic and pull through your first loop of hair {when pulling the hair through, only pull enough to create a small loop}…
  10. Then, give the elastic a full twist and then form your second loop the same as you did in Step #9…
  11. Now, to create the knotted section of the bow,  take any left over ends and wrap them up and over where the elastic can be seen in the middle of the bow, and secure them underneath the bun with a few small bobby pins…
  12. At this point, you can can shape the bow to perfection by adding a small bobby pin from the bottom of the loop and anchoring it to the hair, going upward towards the bun {be sure to place the bobby pin inside the bottom section of the loop, which will allow you to form the top into a perfect bow-like shape}…
  13. Repeat on both sides of the bow…
  14. Then add hairspray or spray wax to secure any fly aways.

Mindy’s In-Video Outfit:
Ripped Jeans: Nordstrom | Top: Home T-shirt | Sweater Cardigan: Nordstrom
Ring: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shoes: Nordstrom

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Happy Hairdoing!

If you want to see one of the most relatable and funny End-of-School Tag Videos on YouTube, you have to watch what BrooklynAndBailey uploaded this week! Simply click below to watch it!

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  1. I love the little twist and bow with this bun. The little hair bow adds a nice and cute touch to a simple bun.

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