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Figure-8 Bun

THE LOOK

The figure-8 bun is, quite literally, a clever twist on the traditional bun. Twisting the hair into a bun and then twisting out the center creates an 8-shaped bun that will set your hairstyle apart from the rest. This is a very neat style that suits professional settings and smart events.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

Yes, this style is best in long to very long hair.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Push a decorative hair stick down through the center of the bun to add a little Far Eastern flair to the style.

TRY THIS

Wear your figure-8 bun sideways and turn it into an infinity bun!

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Hairstyling and photography by Christina Butcher, modeling by An Ly.

HOW TO GET IT FIGURE-8 BUN

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Clip or hair stick (optional)
  • Hairspray (optional)

1). Brush your hair into a low ponytail and twist it down. If you’re right-handed, twist counter-clockwise, and if you’re left-handed, twist clockwise.

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2). Keep twisting your hair around and into a low bun.

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3). Take the center part of your bun (the first twist-around) and flip it up and above your original bun.

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4). Adjust the twist to sit in a flat figure-8 shape. Ensure the ends are tucked in at the base or side of your bun, depending on how long your hair is.

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5). Secure the figure-8 bun with bobby pins at the top and base. You can also insert a hair stick vertically through the center or use a clip across the center to keep this style in place. If needed, use a spritz of hairspray for extra hold.

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TOP TIP : Keep the twist tight (but not too tight!) to help maintain the shape and sleekness of this unique bun.

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