The 2 step bun (aka the way I’ve been wearing my hair all summer)

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I’ll save you my usual paragraph about how humid it is here and jump right into the tutorial.

A friend recently asked me for a quick style that is not just a ponytail and can be dressed up and casual and is really fast and easy with almost zero effort.

Well, so she didn’t use those exact words, but I paraphrased.

I started pulling my hair into a low bun because a higher ponytail was giving me headaches as my hair was starting to get a bit long again. And I did this simple little trick that takes about 4 seconds to change the entire bun into something a bit more polished.

Watch the tutorial here:

It’s so simple, right? The wrapping part makes the entire bun look fuller and more proportional, which is always a win in my book. And in case you are curious, these are my favorite bobby pins and these are my favorite clear elastics.

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Comments (42)

  1. Posted June 28, 2017

    Such a simple hairdo!! SO cute too!!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  2. Sarah says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Can you explain what you did when you put your hair in a pony tail? I can’t see it very well. Did you just not pull it out all the way?

    Thanks!

    • Shelley says
      Posted June 28, 2017

      I have same question…it looks like you did something else to it before putting in the elastic.

    • Ryan says
      Posted June 28, 2017

      I had the same question…she basically gathers most of the length of her hair into her hand and wraps the elastic around that, not actually a pony tail. It’s the basis to so many of her tutorials; I just figured it out and am wearing this bun today!

      • Shelley says
        Posted June 28, 2017

        Thank you!

  3. Posted June 28, 2017

    Thanks for this tutorial. Today I really need it!

  4. Jennifer O. says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Hi Kate, I also have a wedding in three weeks. I need hair help! How will you wear your hair on your sister’s wedding day? Will you do a tutorial for us?

  5. Claire says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I really like this bun. High ponytails are also giving me a headache so i will try this style for sure.

    http://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

  6. Becky Elliott says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    That shirt!! Where is it from?

    • Erin says
      Posted June 28, 2017

      Ditto!

    • Meg says
      Posted June 28, 2017

      Loft! I have the same one.

      • Kelly says
        Posted June 28, 2017

        It was on clearance the last time I was at my local Loft πŸ™‚

  7. Deb S says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Love this look. My hair is so straight and slippery…not as thick either. Guess I should curl it a bit first?

  8. Chelsea says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    What?! Stop! That looks SO easy!! I would have never have thought to take out a section and wrap it. Brilliant!

  9. Elaina says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    the best makeup look I’ve seen on you in a while… you always look beautiful, but something about this one is *More*. Love it!… and THOSE EYES! πŸ™‚

    • Sherry says
      Posted June 30, 2017

      I was thinking the same thing…..always beautiful, but something about this one really pops !!! Maybe it’s the blue shirt with the blue eyes, but the all over makeup look is fantastic. #eyelash goals !!!!!

  10. Laura says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I LOVE your earrings! Where are they from??

    • Becky says
      Posted June 28, 2017

      Same question!

    • Stephanie says
      Posted June 29, 2017

      I third this! Super cute!

  11. Amanda says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    My kind of hairdo!

  12. Nora says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    What blush and eye liner are you wearing?

  13. Jackie says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I’d love to hear your tips for getting texture and volume whether you’re putting your hair up or leaving it down. When my hair is clean (and sometimes day 2) it’s pretty smooth and flat – do you load it up with texture spray?

  14. Brooke says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    So how did you get your lashes SO LONG πŸ™‚

  15. Sophie says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I am almost never able to do a nice, even, full looking bun so I have to try this – hopefully I will end up with something that looks like yours, it’s gorgeous!
    Sophie x
    http://www.sopharsogood.com

  16. Kristin says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Can you show, in more detail or maybe in slow motion, the “pull it into a low ponytail” part? I cannot get that skill mastered.

  17. Amanda says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I have long thick hair and I tried this tutorial. I always end up with buns that look to perfect but doing it this way helped make it a little more undone. I had to use 2 hair ties, a couple Bobby pins, and two Goody spin pins to make sure my thick hair was secure. Loved it!

  18. Rhianna says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Hair looks great but those eyelashes! Is this the result of the eyelash lift? Are you still using fibers and mascara method? Tell me your secrets πŸ™‚

  19. krista Davis says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Your makeup is stunning in this photo! What products did you use? Your eyes pop!!! Gorgeous.

  20. Paige says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    This is such a cute look! You did an awesome job!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  21. Jen says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    I’m going straight to Amazon to buy those elastics! I’ve had The Worst time with clear elastics breaking (and my hair isn’t that thick).

  22. Roksana says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Wow I love it! It looks so nice and easy to do, I’ll definitely try it out πŸ™‚

    Roksana | http://www.beatsofbeauty.com

  23. Agnes says
    Posted June 28, 2017

    It looks great bit my is really thick and heavy. This would never hair with my hair.

  24. Mischa says
    Posted June 29, 2017

    I think this might be my go to hairstyle from now on as I’m in the sweltering Indian heat traveling, and I’m kind of tired of the pony tail and top knot!

  25. Amy says
    Posted June 29, 2017

    Why when I try this does my hair look like a nest and not hold???

  26. Posted July 1, 2017

    I love this bun so much! It looks so beautiful! Also loving your hair colour, really suits you! x

  27. Posted July 4, 2017

    Perfect!!

  28. Mary says
    Posted July 9, 2017

    Amazing!! I will definitely do this! I have long hair & every summer I get this thought to cut it all off. I braid it a LOT but I’m always looking for new ways to put it up. If you have more suggestions I would absolutely love to hear some.
    You always look so beautiful! I love your makeup look too.

  29. Karie says
    Posted July 14, 2017

    Thanks for the video! I too am a hair headache sufferer. I actually switched my hair accessories and amazingly enough that helped alot! I don’t know if you have heard of Lilla Rose but I started wearing their stuff about 7 months ago and can’t even feel them in. For the bun you demo here, the U Pins would work great. I am an independent stylist for them now and would be happy to send you some to try. Just let me know if I can help another headache sufferer!

  30. Sonia says
    Posted July 14, 2017

    Oh my God, where were you when I had long hair and has not haircut yet! I’ll save it for the future!

  31. Diane says
    Posted August 3, 2017

    My buns always end up looking like a loop sticking off the back of my head! Any suggestions???

  32. lisa says
    Posted August 8, 2017

    Hairstyle really bothers me a lot everyday. I can not make it right and now my solution is wearing hair extensions.

    I tried Beauty Forever hair extensions and it is really very convenient.

  33. Sophie says
    Posted August 17, 2017

    J’adore toutes vos coiffures! Vous m’avez appris Γ  boucler mes cheveux avec un fer Γ  lisser et maintenant j’arrive Γ  donner une forme que j’aime Γ  mes cheveux! Merci!