I have always had a struggle with putting my hair into a bun as it is long but not incredibly thick. I like wearing my hair in a bun, but find myself always wearing my hair I'm a ponytail as my buns never turn out right. When ever I used to attempt a big messy bun my hair would look small and flat. I could never quite work out how to get the right shape of the bun either. I googled how to change the way I do my bun and came across an article which mentioned using a bun shaper. I had seen these before but never really knew how to use one.
After watching videos on youtube I learned how to quickly and effortlessly create a big round bun within minutes using the bun shaper. I decided to purchase one and did do in new look because I always go to new look.
As soon as I tried my hair in a bun using the bun shaper I loved the result. I am now able to quickly put my hair up and it looks big and round without having to hairspray and mess around with it a lot. Once my hair is up it stays there all day long. It doesn't fall as this bun shaper keeps my hair in place pretty well.
I would rate this a 5/5 it is cheap and does what it should do, the black versions is great for my hair because my hair is really dark.
Whilst I like having 'big hair' I really don't like the thought of back combing due to the damage it does, plus my hair would literally snap off when I tried brushing it afterwards as it gets so knotty without any backcombing. After pregnancy my hair has been falling out a lot due to hormones so I have been wearing my hair up for work every day. I probably use my bun ring around three times a week.
The bun rings are available in different colours so it's a good idea to choose one that roughly matches the shade of your hair. This makes it more invisible when it is in situ. The bun itself is made of a nylon netted spongy fabric (a bit like a bath puff) but it is densely made so you can't poke a hole in it. It is round in shape and essentially a hair piece that helps pad out your bun.
The idea is that you put your hair in a pony tail and thread the bun ring on to the base of the pony tail. Using grips you secure hair around the bun and you are left with a whopping bun on your head. If you're creative you might want to think about where the bun is going, for example on the crown of your head, nape of the neck or to one side if you fancy a jaunty angle. I tend to go for a top knot style. I also pin back a section like a fringe quiff to make the bun less severe on my forehead (I don't have a fringe to soften the look!).
There are two ways of doing this, first is to just keep wrapping until the bun ring is covered, This is quite difficult if you have long hair as the ends need to be tucked away ideally. The second way is to roll the hair and pin the roll in place, you end up with quite an elegant bun this way and can save a bit of hair to do some fancy detail pinning curls in to place with decorated grips.
I also finish off the look with a light dusting of hair spray to keep fine and flyaway hair in place.
I think the length of your hair can make a difference when using this bun ring, and also don't underestimate the amount of hair grips you might need to use when doing this. I think it is one of those items that would mystify men if they just saw it on the side, it's just one of those secret accessories we women use to create a very different look. I love using the bun ring as it helps me to achieve a neater bun and create volume where it's needed. I have noticed that these bun rings don't work so well if you have layers in your hair, although it's not impossible, it can mean it is harder to achieve the perfect bun.
I paid around £2 for my bun ring, in fact I have a couple of these (in different colours too) because I always seem to lose them depending on where I take my hair down. I find them in the car sometimes when I have taken it out at the traffic lights!
If you have long hair you may benefit from a bun ring but be warned that you need a fair bit of length to cover the actual bun piece. Fine hair may not work too well with one of these. They instantly smarten up your look and make your hair look nice so are ideal for interviews or important meetings. If you are unsure the first time you use one, it helps to either get some help from a friend or have some mirrors handy so you can inspect your work from different angles.
Lately I had been seeing everyone with these perfect donut buns in their hair and it was a look I really desired. I wondered how people always did them so perfectly until my sister pointed out this shaper in Boots! It seemed a bit overpriced in there at £4.69 so when I saw this one in New Look for £1.50 I just knew I had to buy it!
It is similar to the concept of a scrunchie, in that it looks like a rather thick circular plastic hairband. It does not go around the hair like a hair band but you simple put your hair in a ponytail, insert the hair through the hole of this donut, and then spread it evenly over the donut and secure it in place with clips or an additional hairband if needs be and voila! A nice neat donut, ready to go!
I like this hairstyle as it is practical when I want my hair up and still looks nice and is easy to do. The donut facilitates keeping the hair in place so the style lasts all day. It comes in various colours like brown and a "blonde" hair colour variety, but I got black as my hair is black and this allows it to blend in and suits my hair well.
I think this donut is a must have for any girl's hair accessory collection as it is easy to use, long lasting and gives great bun hair styles in a matter of minutes! For £1.50 they are great value and I would recommend this to everyone!