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If you want to embrace your inner librarian -- that conservative, yet sexy-underneath-it-all, glasses-wearing diva -- get the lead out and put a pencil in your bun. This technique works well if you need to quickly fashion an updo, but are lacking a hair band or bobby pins. All you need are a few twists and turns and a couple of pokes and prods. This lazy-wrap bun looks chic and also shows off your resourcefulness and ambidexterity.
Brush your hair back with a comb, brush or -- if you're getting your bun on in a pinch – your hands. Gather the hair to create a ponytail at the back of your head. Don't fasten your hair with anything or release it from your hand.
Twist your hair tightly a couple of times until it spirals, then lay it flat against your scalp and wind it into a bun. Tuck the tail of your hair into the bun; for a messy bun, leave the piece out.
Grab a pencil and start weaving. Dig in from the top of head outside the bun, through the hair that's pulled against your head, and weave the pencil through the bun and back into the hair pulled tight against your head (below the bun). If you don't attach the pencil to the hair that's outside your bun, your bun won't hold.
Poke the pencil out from the hair to hold your the bun securely in place.
The pencil bun works best on long hair, and on hair that is not freshly washed. Oils, frizz or texture will help the bun hold on your head.
If the pen is very smooth, it can slip out. Use a pencil with a grooved or ridged surface.
This technique also works with a chopstick.