Making an updo bun hairstyle is a lot easier than one might initially think. Make an updo bun hairstyle with help from a dedicated hair stylist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Jeremy Clark, Professional Hairstylist and Salon Owner and I'm going to demonstrate for you how to do an updo bun hairstyle. So, what you'll need at home, two hair bands, some bobby pins, a back-combing comb, a boar bristle brush, vented brush and a very light flexible setting spray. So, today, I'm going to use the Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray. So, step one, I'm going to take Katie's hair and her hair's dry, it's been blow dried and I'm just going to go through it with a little bit of hairspray. This will help set your style and hold, hold the style and also make the hair a little bit more workable. Once you've done that, just kind of run it through, maybe brush it through with a vented brush, just distributing the product all through the hair. So, once the hair has been prepped with a little bit of spray, I'm going to start by dividing it front to back. So, dividing the hair in half right down the middle, behind the ears, from the crown to the back of the ears. So, you find your flat point, the top of the crown and just slice right down behind the back of the ear and then take all that hair and brush it forward. I'm going to be looking to create some height right here and I'm also going to be looking for a place to anchor the look. So, the first thing I do is I take this crown section, right where the crown goes from flat to starting to roll over. I'm going to take that hair and just pin it out of the way. And then, I'm going to do a second section, almost a little horseshoe right below the first section. And as you can see, I'm leaving some of these hair on the side out. So, what I'm going to do is take this hair, pulling it up, this will be our first hair band that we use; make sure it's secure. This is the foundation, you're not going to see this; this is going to be what I actually pin the rest of my style to. I'm going to take a little bit of this outside hair and this is called camouflaging, just back-comb a little bit and that's going to lay over the top. Now, taking hair from the bottom; so, I'm going to take the second hair band, pulling the hair up from the bottom and I'm going to create a second ponytail and attach it to the first. Link the two together. And what this does is it creates an anchor point for me to pin the rest of the hair to; it's not going to show up in the hairstyle. So, moving onto the rest of the side hair, this has been back-combed a little bit, kind of pull the hair up, looking for a little bit of volume and fullness back there and the trick is, you pin it where you hold it. So right where I'm holding it, that's the secure point. Take a little bobby pin, go right in there. And then same thing on the other side and then, you can see how on this side of Katie, the hair has been pinned right into and underneath the ponytail, that kind of hide your pin. And again, I'm going to pin it right where I'm holding it. Okay. So, that's good; we've got the bottom half of the back. Now, I'm going to go into the crown section. And so, I want to put a little bit more height up here on top. So, I'm going to do a little back-combing right through the crown. So, you pull the hair straight up from the head and then you actually want to over-direct it slightly forward. It's going to give you more height. Tease, tease, tease. And see I'm really overextending forward with it, so that when it drops back, that adds it kind of volume. You can see all this area in the crown has now been teased, there's a little bit of volume and you can see it's really lifting up nicely; so that's what we want. I'm going to take the rest of this hair lightly in my hand and again, you just want kind of go lightly over the top with the comb and it just sort of cheats and hides, camouflages all that back-combing that's underneath. And I'm going to take all of this hair into a ponytail; you can just pin the hair right there, I'm just kind of pin it out of the way. We're going to work on the front now. Okay, now, you can see the top has been back-combed, you got some nice volume on top and we're going to connect this end to the ponytail that's on the back. I'm just going to take another little invisible band and wrap that into the ponytail as well so that all the hair is sort of ponytailed together. That's the hair part, once you're here, everything else is easy. You've got your ponytail, bring your thumb down over, wrap the hair around the thumb and just bring it around into a nice bun. And what's the rule about the bobby pins, you pin the hair where you hold it and that's your point. I'm going to take the pin, go right in where my one finger is holding it and voila! And of course, you want to go in and pin all the way around just to make sure it stays. And go right in at the bottom, go in towards the head and then angle back away. So, you can look for any little stray hairs and you can just take the pin, go right in and then back, back it out. Now, we've got the top of the hair pinned into the bun, you can see the sides are still hanging out and what I'm going to do is a little bit of vertical back-combing to add some volume around the sides and then, I'm going to take this hair and place it right into the bun. So, you want to use just a little bit of a flexible hairspray and just lightly spray the hair and then brushing it through using your fingers as a comb 'cause you don't want the hair to be too flat to the side of the head, but we were still keeping some body and some volume there. And then, I'm just going to lay this hair right into the bun as well. Okay, I'm just taking that last section and pinning it into the bun. Then, you can look for strays, anything that seems a little out of place or a little bit loose. So, there you go, we've got a really nice simple yet elegant updo bun. It's not too uptight, but still chic, it's a little messy. And then, one last thing that I would do is go in with a flexible hairspray. You can spray a little bit on your fingers and then you can just go in and just tuck in any little pieces that are out of place. There you go, that's how you do a simple yet elegant updo bun. I'm Jeremy Clark, thanks for watching.