Quick Hair Trick: Updo without any hair ties, clips, & pins!

One of my readers sent me this request:

“On YouTube, I once saw a video of how to tie your hair up with nothing. Please put this on the website!”

I recorded a video almost a year and a half ago about how I put my hair up quickly without any hair ties, clips, pins, etc. Since then, my video has gotten over 240,000 views [Edit: As of 2013, now over 2 million views]! I came up with this hair trick back in middle school. I’ve always had long hair, so I wanted to come up with a way to quickly get my hair away from my face during class or whenever I didn’t have a hair tie. I decided to also write up a tutorial with pictures on how to do this, along with including my original video here! Enjoy!


STEP 1

Gather your hair into a ponytail near the center of your head. Hold the ponytail with your left hand.

STEP 2

Put your right hand under the ponytail, and reach over to the left to grab the ponytail as shown. This will help give you the direction to twist the ponytail.

STEP 3

Twist the ponytail over and over until the entire ponytail is twisted.

STEP 4

Now create a bun with the twisted ponytail by wrapping the ponytail clockwise. When you reach the end of the ponytail, just tuck the end underneath the bun.

STEP 5

Hold the bun with your left hand. With your right hand, take a section of hair next to the bun (as shown) and loosen it a bit. This will be the hair that you will pull over the bun.

This step may take some getting used to — it takes a few tries to figure out how tight or how loose to make the initial bun before trying to grab this section of hair. If you cannot pull up a section of hair like in the picture without it hurting you, then start over and either don’t twist your ponytail too hard or don’t make the bun too tight. Make opposite adjustments if the section of hair is too loose.

STEP 6

Gently pull the section of hair over the bun while tucking the bun underneath the section of hair.

STEP 7

Continue pulling the section of hair over the bun until the bun is completely covered.

STEP 8

Now you can fix it up a bit on the top by smoothing out your hair or putting a pencil through the bun (see video) to secure it further. Here I just left it messy, since this is normally how it looks like when I’m just sitting in class or some other place and just need to put my hair up quickly without checking how it looks like in the mirror.

Leave a comment and let me know if you got it working for you! :)

180 Comments

shell bellApril 7th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

hi the hairstyle is just not workin 4 me i’ve got but length hair :( :( :( :(

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Miss RaquelMay 5th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Wow!! How neat!! I tried it as I looked at the photos and followed the instructions. It came out a bit lopsided, but I’ll keep working on it!!! Thanks so much!!
Blessings,
~Miss Raquel

WyceeMay 5th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Hi Miss Raquel! Thanks! I’m sure you’ll get it centered after a few tries. :)

SigalMay 16th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Awesome, problem of forgetting a hair band on a hike – solved!
Thanks!

WyceeMay 16th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

That’s great to hear, Sigal! :) Glad I could help!

AprilMay 17th, 2010 at 3:21 am

I keep having a problem with this style and also French twist styles in general… when I go to tuck hair underneath, the strands on the top of my hair get loose and stick up all over the place. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong… any ideas?

WyceeMay 17th, 2010 at 11:42 am

Hi April, are you talking about the strands at the end of the bun or the hair on the top that you’re pulling over the bun?

If it’s the strands at the end of the bun, try making the bun with the last twist leaving the end of the ponytail pointing down (rather than continue twisting it until you reach the very end of your ponytail). Then just tuck the rest of the ponytail under the bun.

If it’s the strands that you’re pulling over the bun, try grabbing more hair from the side. If you have short front layers, that might be the cause of it getting loose as you pull it over the bun. Try using bobby pins to secure the hair on the left side after you pull it over the bun — make an “X” with 2 pins for a stronger hold.

Good luck! :)

KaylaMay 19th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

step 6t wont work for me i tried it loose and it just falls out i tried it tighter and it wont go over… :( help me i have tried at least 75 times …

pamelaMay 19th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

gosh..i’ve tried it for more than 15 times,but i still cant get it.. :((

NatalieMay 20th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

i keep trying i can do it all the way till step six. I’ve watched your video like 20 times and i’ve tried at least 50. When i pull the strands over i don’t get that “upside down U” shape. I get what just looks like a bun. And basically it’s like i have a section of hair all the way on the opposite side of the bun, but the bun looks the exact same as it did in the beginning. So basically i cant get that shape, where do you push the bun? under more than just the section your pulling or not? It always falls out and it doesn’t look right so i think i’m doing it wrong! Please please help! I wish i could do it sooo bad!

funkyzuzuMay 23rd, 2010 at 3:58 am

heyy…i tried doing it over and over again but it just didnt work specially when i try to tuck the end under the bun i read everything and i saw the video so what should i do cuz i rly rly like it and i want it to work… =(

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IvelinaJune 1st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

For those of you that are having problems, I used to be able to do this every time but few days ago I made a hair mask. Now my hair is much more silky than usual and I am too having a hard time putting it up.

However, I did discover that it works better if I do not curl the hair too tight!
Hope that helps :)

SandyaJune 4th, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hi i doesnt work by me and i really want to learn that trick please help me

SparklewolfieJuly 2nd, 2010 at 7:38 pm

That is really cool!

WyceeJuly 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 am

Thanks! :)

JaspreetJuly 4th, 2010 at 2:13 am

hey…nice updo n simple also………thnx….upload more ideas

JJJuly 11th, 2010 at 4:16 am

Hi Wycee,

This is easily the coolest hair thing I’ve seen for years! I’m always without hair ties/clips/pins and this is just perfect for me, especially when I’m at work. The style is so classy too – great for anyone from students to secretaries. Huge thanks for sharing this!

JJJuly 11th, 2010 at 4:17 am

PS – Thanks to the clear instructions, it only took me five or six attempts to get a reasonably tidy updo. Again, thanks!

WyceeJuly 11th, 2010 at 11:53 am

Awww thanks JJ! I’m so happy to hear that! :D

ChristineJuly 14th, 2010 at 10:38 am

I really like this style, I think it’s looks really cute in the back. My hair is about medium length so when I tried to tuck the bun into the hair it just fell out. I find that-and this kind of defeats the purpose of this style-if you have shorter hair but still want to do this simply make a loose pony tail and tie it with a hair band. This way you get the look and it stays up better and is a little tighter so it won’t fall out. I also found that you can do this with hair half up, and half down and it looks really cute. Thank you so much for this idea, I love it and hopefully will keep using it especially when I’m at school or studying.

GraceJuly 22nd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

aww, i have short hair :P

KristenAugust 1st, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Thank-you Wycee! This hairstyle is perfect when no one has an extra elastic!

ErikaAugust 9th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Hi Wycee! I think the hairsyle is really nice and creative but I can’t seem to get the upside down “U” that you’ve got in the video. I also have troubles getting the bun in the middle. But other than that, I think that the bun is great! Good Job

katieAugust 24th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

omg ….i love this i tried it and instantly fell in love!!!!….i no longer need to worry about bringing a hair tie to school when i wear my hair down …..thanks :)

lingyingSeptember 12th, 2010 at 8:00 am

Hey, nice tutorial there!:)
I still cant get the bun right!:( Its either I cant get to tuck my bun in, or even after i do so, my bun falls off almost immediately!

WyceeSeptember 13th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Hi Lingying! It takes some practice to figure out how tight you should make the bun. Just keep trying and I’m sure you’ll get it! :)

LisaOctober 24th, 2010 at 4:37 am

awww my arms hurt so much
it’s too hard ㅠㅠ

PatienceNovember 2nd, 2010 at 9:23 am

DEAR EVERYONE HAVING PROBLEMS,
YOU MIGHT BE HAVING DIFFICULTIES BECAUSE YOU ARE USING YOUR LEFT HAND TO TWIST INSTEAD OF YOUR RIGHT WHICH GIVES YOU A DIFFERENT DIRECTION OF THE TWIST. ON STEP 5 TRY USING THE HAIR FROM THE LEFT SIDE INSTEAD OF THE RIGHT AS SHOWN.
AND IF YOU ARE USING YOUR RIGHT HAND MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE HAIR FROM THE RIGHT SIDE AS SHOWN ON STEP 5.

TianaNovember 6th, 2010 at 5:44 am

I was really nervous about this working for me because my hair is not as long as yours. Plus it is really layered and thick. I got it on the first try though! I think the key to getting it to work is that when you are pulling the hair over the bun, I flipped the bun up at the same time. So it was up with the bun as I was sliding the side hair over if that makes sense. It is super secure feeling and sooo easy! Thanks so much for this idea, I love it! =)

WyceeNovember 12th, 2010 at 1:08 am

Hi Tiana! I’m glad you like my hair trick and that you got it on the first try. :) I have layered hair too.

WyceeNovember 12th, 2010 at 1:40 am

Hi Patience! Thanks for your input. Yes, if you are going to do my hair trick with your left hand instead of your right, then replace the word “right” with “left” and vice versa in all the steps above. :)

LauraJanuary 1st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Hey, this is really cool! I’m going to try and use it on Nerd Day at my school. I can do all the steps and everything, but after I do the last step it only stays up for about a minute before it just falls apart. What am I doing wrong? D: hope you can help.

WyceeJanuary 1st, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hi Laura,

You could try putting a pencil to secure the bun like I did in the video. That would add a nice touch to your “Nerd Day” as well. LOL :)

PolarisJanuary 10th, 2011 at 10:12 am

nice tutorial…, I like it..Thanks :)

WyceeJanuary 12th, 2011 at 12:33 am

Thanks Polaris! :)

Miss JaneJanuary 12th, 2011 at 1:34 am

Oh can you explain me how to do the tip of your hair. I think I don’t understand Step : 5. Please help me.

WyceeJanuary 12th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hi Miss Jane,

Do you mean tip or top of my hair? The tip (end) of your hair when you twist it into a bun just gets tucked underneath the bun (Step 4). In Step 5, loosen a part of your hair near the right side of the bun (as shown in the picture). You should be able to easily (and gently) tug that small section of hair so that you can tuck the bun underneath it. If you’re having a hard time because the side of your hair is too tight to loosen, then you’ll have to start all over again but this time not twisting the bun as tightly as before.

Hope that helps! :)

marching galJanuary 16th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

i love this updo… i am just starting to get the hang of it… but then again, i have only been trying for about a minute… my hair is medium length and does not seem to like step six very much, but im getting it to cooperate… i absolutely hate it when i forget to put my hair up in the mornings and do not have a hair tie on me, but i always have too many pens and pencils. thank you for showing this video

WyceeJanuary 17th, 2011 at 12:47 am

Hi Marching Gal,

Step 6 can be difficult if your hair isn’t long enough. My hair is just past my elbows, so this updo is very easy for me to do. Keep at it though — I’m sure you’ll get it to work (even if you end up growing your hair a little longer)! :)

RoismireagJanuary 17th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Thank you very much. I love this, There is many a time that it was really hot and I wanted to tie my hair back and just had to suffer because I didn’t have any elastics ect.

I tried it and got it the second time.

WyceeJanuary 17th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Hi Roismireag! I know exactly what you mean :) Glad you got it so quickly!

BarniieJanuary 29th, 2011 at 2:07 am

Hi,
My hair is at the mid/top section of my back, and i’ve tried this lots of times, but when i pull my hair over. It looks like yours, but on the side! It is twisted about 90 degrees to the right! Then it falls out, any help? Thanks

KelseyJanuary 30th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for the post! I loved the look of it, but I have very thick hair and it wouldn’t hold, so when i did the bun, I used an elastic band. It turned out great, and the band didn’t make much of a difference. Great video!

WyceeJanuary 30th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Hi Kelsey! I haven’t tried wrapping an elastic band around it before, but I’m glad that you got it to work! :)

WyceeJanuary 30th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Hey Barniie,

I think that maybe your hair is too short for this style to hold up by itself. My hair is pretty long — it reaches just past my elbows. Have you tried using a pencil to try to keep it in place?

flautist14January 31st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I did it on the second try! I don’t know why everyone’s having such a hard time. My hair barely goes to under-arm length, and I did it. (but it also might have been easier since my hair’s wet… i just got out of the shower.)

WyceeJanuary 31st, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hi Flautist14,

Yes, this style is even easier to do when your hair is wet (I put my hair up this way after I shower and I’m putting my makeup on). That’s a good suggestion for those who are having a hard time trying it at first — to do it when your hair is wet. I’m happy that you got it on the second try! :)

amieFebruary 7th, 2011 at 6:18 am

no matter how tight or loose i do it with a few shakes of my head it falls out even with then pencil (it just takes longer) i don’t know what i’m doing wrong help!!!!

WyceeFebruary 7th, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hi Amie,

This trick is even easier to do if your hair is wet, so maybe try it after you wash your hair — if you still can’t get it to work at that point, then maybe your hair isn’t long enough yet to do this updo.

GabGabFebruary 8th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Hi. I’m having problems with this =(. Is it not working because my hair is really silky? Or is it too long? Its about half-way down my stomach (by the small of my back. Its also VERY thick. Ive done this millions of times and Ive had others try to do it for me. It just dosent want to stay. It looks amazing thou and would love to have it any suggestions?

WyceeFebruary 8th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Hi GabGab,

It sounds like your hair is definitely long enough. After you wash your hair, try this updo when your hair is still wet, and see if it holds then. I find my hair holds the best when it’s wet (though it stays up when dry too) — sometimes I keep it up like that the whole day.

leslieMarch 16th, 2011 at 5:44 am

guys,

i found that if you take a section from the LEFT (opposite from the pic above) and taking a bigger chunk of hair (like from the 0 degrees to -90 degrees) and pull it up then down, it holds up better

WyceeMarch 16th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Hi Leslie,

I find that the best section of hair used to go over the bun (Step 5) depends on the direction of the twist of the bun. If I twist clockwise, then I grab a section from the right. However, if I twist counterclockwise then I grab a section from the left. I pretty much always twist clockwise and grab from the right, since it’s easier for me (I’m right-handed). It’s great that you got it to work for you! :)

jazMarch 27th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

yay! i finally done it after many tries:D

WyceeMarch 27th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Yay! :)

BonApril 7th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Man alive! This is possibly the best hair trick ever, my hair is damp now so hopefully it works for me dry too!

WyceeApril 8th, 2011 at 12:20 am

Thanks Bon! :)

mimiApril 8th, 2011 at 2:28 am

hi,

thanx a million for this trick. I have curly, thick, middle-length hair and as i was reading this article, i tried this trick out. It WORKED! it’s a little messy because i have shorter hair, but now i don’t have to damage my hair by using a ton of hair bands and clips, especially when i’m at home.

thanx and keep up the good work! = )

WyceeApril 8th, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks Mimi! So happy to hear that you got it to work! :)

LilyApril 14th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi,
i’m having some troubles i can’t seem to actually like make it hold or even pull the section of hair across i just ends up falling…. =,=” so can you pls help!!!! thankyou soo much

WyceeApril 15th, 2011 at 1:02 am

Hi Lily,

Maybe your hair isn’t long enough? My hair goes just past my elbows, so it’s pretty long. Try it after you shower and your hair is still damp — it should stay up at that point if your hair is long enough.

munchinApril 16th, 2011 at 5:18 am

i cant do it. when i pull the strand of hair over, the bun just looses and it just falls. my hair is between thin and thick and just at my shoulders

WyceeApril 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hi Munchin,

I think your hair is too short for this to hold on its own. My hair is much longer (past my elbows). Try it again when your hair grows a bit longer! :)

HelloApril 26th, 2011 at 3:01 am

I failed a couple of times :(

AmandaMay 19th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hey :) i love this trick im still experimenting with how tight and how loose to make the twit, but so far I have gotten it to stay a few times. I know what my hair will look like tomorrow.
Keep making cool videos :)
~Amanda

WyceeMay 21st, 2011 at 2:02 am

Thanks Amanda! :)

KittyJune 5th, 2011 at 1:45 am

Ok, I’m not 100% sure i’ve got this. I seem to get it to stay but if I shake my head it falls out…i’m guessing its not meant to do that? That being said, I am determined to master this!

WyceeJune 5th, 2011 at 2:23 am

LOL Kitty! It depends on the length of your hair (and how hard you’re shaking your head). :) If your hair is shorter than mine (which is down to my elbows), then it’ll come out easier if you move it around a lot. Even with my long hair, if I shake my head enough the bun will fall out. That’s why I use a pencil to secure it, if need be. Keep trying — you’ll get it!

KittyJune 5th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

AH HA! That means I am doing it right! YAY! Force of habit shaking my head to make sure a hair style is secure or not. My hair sounds like its only a bit shorter then yours (by like an inch!) and my hair is really thick as well. I have been using a decorative chop stick to keep it in coz all all for feeling secure. Thank you, this hair tip is going to come much in handy :D

LilyJune 8th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Hey,
I tried it before and failed drastically, i told you and you said it could be becuase of my hair lenght which is not too long. However i loved this and really wanted to do it and i found out one,….. however you need a hair band…. (which kinda ruins the idea i know but i like the look to and sometimes i want a bun but only have 1 band)So those who were like me i suggest you tie your hair loosly before twirling it into a bun it helped me a lot!! Thanks :D

WyceeJune 8th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hi Lily! I haven’t tried it with a hair band before, but I’m happy to hear you found a way to make it work for you! :)

rosieJune 30th, 2011 at 7:17 am

heyyyyyyyyyyy :)

WyceeJune 30th, 2011 at 10:36 am

hi rosie! :)

AnjieJuly 1st, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hi Wycee, I just love your trick but alas it doesn’t work for me! :( My hair is thick and just about the same length as yours but it doesn’t stay for more than a second.

WyceeJuly 3rd, 2011 at 2:21 am

Hi Anjie! Try it again when your hair is wet (towel dry after shower) to see if your hair will stay up. Maybe it has to do with making the bun tighter when you tuck it in, but if you try it with your hair wet it should be really easy to do. If it works, then maybe you just need to adjust how tight/loose you form the bun when your hair is dry.

FrancoiseJuly 6th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

This doesn’t work for me!
My hair is about on par with the bottom of my shoulder blades and I’m trying to grow it out about as long as your hair.
Does my hair need to be that bit longer?
That and Im confused I went by it step by step, I couldn’t do it because I usually do a bun counter clockwise.
My hair wont tuck under the bun aswell.

Thanks, Francoise

WyceeJuly 19th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Hi Francoise,

If your hair is just at your shoulder blades, then I think you’ll need to let it grow a bit longer to get this to work with a pencil and even longer to work on its own. My hair reaches my elbows. Hopefully you’ll get it to work when your hair is longer! :)

adrayneJuly 23rd, 2011 at 3:30 am

it’s amazing !

WyceeJuly 26th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Adrayne! :)

NadineJuly 28th, 2011 at 7:59 am

Hey guys!
I don’t know why it doesn’t work.
My hair is not too short I think, because it nearly reaches my elbows. But whatever I try it does not work. I just can’t get it to hold after pulling the hair over the bun Can somebody please help me with this problem?

TabithaJuly 31st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I’ve tried this, and it seems okay, if not a bit loose. I’ll have to find something decorative to secure it. I have very fine shoulder-length hair, but I can definitely make this work. Thanks for the lovely idea. The style quite elegant, and can easily be dressed up or down, for which I am very excited, as I am going into culinary soon, and need a few up-dos to keep my hair away from my face in the kitchen even before I put on the hairnet.

SaraAugust 14th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

LOL it looked hilarious on me :$ first time was a fail.. I just realized I did step #6 wrong hehe :$ gonna redo and see how it turns out =) Thanks for the trick btw!!!

SaraAugust 14th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Nope! Failed again! I have both Tabitha’s and Nadine’s problems :/ shoulder-length short fine thin hair and step #6 just doesn’t work for me :/

WyceeAugust 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Sara! Hopefully it’ll work once your hair grows a little longer! :)

LaraAugust 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’ve got a slight A-line cut, just above the shoulders and i can get this to work! Just need a pin for some strays at my neck. Hallelujah! Thanks for the tips… What a great help to save some ends! :)

WyceeAugust 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hi Lara! Nice! Good to hear that you found a way to make it work for your hair :)

CharleneAugust 24th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Wow! Thanks. I tried it 3 times and had to come look at the info again. Now I know what I didn’t do. I am so pleased you shared this. It is great. Any more ideas like this will be welcomed?

WyceeAugust 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Charlene! Yay, you got it to work! :) Which part didn’t you do initially that you were able to figure out from reading my post? When I have time to write up another hair tutorial, I will definitely share it on this website!

KellyAugust 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi! I absolutely love this hairstyle and would love for it to work on me! My hair is almost at my elbows, and I can do this fine but it seems like whenever I go to pull the hair over , the bun ends up being on the right side of my head, or the left side if i pull the hair from the left side…why can’t i get it to be in the middle?

WyceeAugust 30th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Hi Kelly! When you start pulling the hair over to the left, move the bun with your other hand applying the same amount of pressure but to the right. It takes a some practice getting used to finishing the updo in the center, so I’m sure you’ll master it soon! :)

SusanSeptember 24th, 2011 at 9:44 am

Thank you SO much. Found this when I was looking for a way to keep my hair up during this super hot California fall weather. Watched the You Tube, but these step-by-step instructions are fantastic.

WyceeSeptember 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

Hi Susan! Glad to hear that you like my hair trick and stopped by my website! :)

Debby M.October 16th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Oh my goodness! You are a genius! Thank you for this tip :o)

AdrienneOctober 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am

It definitely works better when I skip a day of shampooing! My hair is really thin, and it doesn’t like to cooperate sometimes.

WyceeOctober 17th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Aww thanks Debby! Glad you like it! :)

kelly TarasOctober 17th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oh my god, you are a genius! just what i’ve been looking for, thank you!!

WyceeOctober 18th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing — maybe that will work for others that can’t get it to work for their hair! :)

WyceeOctober 18th, 2011 at 10:33 am

haha thanks Kelly! :)

SapphireNovember 5th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Hi, I luv ur idea it’s just I don’t know how much hair I need 2 cover up the bun! When I tried the bun just fell out is there any tips u cud give me please? Thank u!!!

WyceeNovember 6th, 2011 at 1:10 am

Hi Sapphire,

Thanks! It takes some practice to see how much hair you would need to grab to cover up the bun (Step 5), since it depends on the thickness of your hair and therefore the thickness of your bun. For me, I use a section of hair that is at least the width of a dime.

SapphireNovember 6th, 2011 at 1:40 am

Thank you soo much x I keep trying every hour x lol x I think my hair is 2 short, because it is only up 2 my shoulders!
But wen I grab the piece I have to cover up the bun it’s ‘facing’ the opposite and I can’t turn it 2 slide the bun underneath! If u know wat I mean x sorry x thank you xxx

WyceeNovember 6th, 2011 at 2:19 am

Hi Sapphire,

If your hair is only up to your shoulders, then you probably need to let it grow a bit longer to get this to work with a pencil and even longer to work on its own. My hair reaches my elbows. One other thing you could try is to do this with wet hair (towel dry after washing) — I find that this hair trick is even easier to do with wet hair. If you still can’t get it to work at that point, then maybe you’re hair isn’t long enough yet for this updo. Hopefully you’ll get it to work sometime soon! :)

SapphireNovember 6th, 2011 at 2:45 am

Okai tnx 4 ur advice x I’ll let it grow longer and then hopefully it shall work x tnx 4 everything x u r a professional! Xx thank you again xx

MaddieDecember 18th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Thank you for the tip!! I can do it, but it won’t stay up on its own. I don’t mind just putting 1 or 2 bobbi pins in it, it still looks wonderful :)

WyceeDecember 19th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Thanks Maddie! That’s great that you got it to stay up with a couple bobbi pins! :)

Xiao YanDecember 20th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this cool trick! Your video is very clear. I’m super lazy with my hair, so the fact that this needs no elastics or other accessories is great. It was pretty easy too–I was successful on the second try, although I will need more practice to make it look neat. Happy holidays and have a great new year!

WyceeDecember 27th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hi Xiao! Yay, I’m happy you got it down so quickly! Thanks for dropping by and letting me know :) Hope your holidays have been great so far, and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

Mimi StrattonJanuary 3rd, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Genius!! Thank you.

WyceeJanuary 5th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Mimi! :)

AllieFebruary 21st, 2012 at 9:52 pm

This is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s so simple yet so chic at the same time! I finally got the hang of it after a couple tries but I will be making this one of my weekly hairstyles :)

WyceeFebruary 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 am

Thanks Allie!!!!! :)

Victoria AllenMarch 5th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

What a great hair trick! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

WyceeMarch 7th, 2012 at 11:18 am

Thanks Victoria! :)

MimiMarch 12th, 2012 at 5:21 am

YES! i can finally do it! But it stays on the side instead of the middle! help??

WyceeMarch 13th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Hi Mimi,

Yay! When you start pulling the hair over to the left, move the bun with your other hand applying the same amount of pressure but to the right. It takes a some practice getting used to finishing the updo in the center — I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon! :)

kaitlynMarch 23rd, 2012 at 6:28 am

although my hair reaches my elbow but it is layered so its hard to tie in to a bun but thanks
the tip is great

WyceeMarch 24th, 2012 at 2:57 am

Hi Kaitlyn,

My hair has front layers (with the shortest layer just past my chin). Maybe when your layers grow out a bit, you’ll get it to stay up! :)

SandyMarch 30th, 2012 at 2:55 am

I am not able to get this. Did you use a scrunchy in this?

SandyMarch 30th, 2012 at 3:14 am

I really cant do this. Wycee, do you put the bun as soon as you tie the pony?

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NatalieApril 5th, 2012 at 4:03 am

well i keep dropping a huge piece of my hair!!…

WyceeApril 6th, 2012 at 12:22 am

Hi Natalie,

How long is your hair? Maybe the section of hair you’re using to pull over the bun is not long enough?

ElaineApril 7th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! I have really fine hair and it always slips out of hair ties and clips but this actually holds it until I take it out. Fantastic! Thank you! :)

WyceeApril 10th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Hi Elaine! That’s great to hear that this works for really fine hair as well! :)

ElizabethApril 11th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I cannot get mr hair to stay up I am not sure if I am tucking it underneath correctly can u help

WyceeApril 12th, 2012 at 1:00 am

Hi Elizabeth,

The pictures in Steps 5, 6, and 7 above show exactly how the tuck is done.

CPApril 14th, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thanks so much for this! I always seem to find myself in the garden with flying hair and no hairband. This will be super useful.

ElissaApril 28th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hehe thankk! THis is great , I’m sure I’ll be using this all the time. I was especially excited when I got it on the first try >.<

christyMay 4th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

God bless you! I am on vacation and I forgot a hair elastic! I can’t sleep without my hair up, I can’t thank you enough. You’re awesome!

WyceeMay 9th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hi Christy!

So happy to hear that! Have a wonderful vacation!!! :)

Michelle HarrisonMay 22nd, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thanks, I gave it a try. With practice, I will be using this style a lot!

Brooke EloiseMay 26th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

My hair is down to the middle of my back, so its long enough, but whenever I try to pull the hair over, it just falls out. I think my hair isn’t thick enough to keep up. When my hair is twisted its no bigger than two fingers width. I’ll keep trying though! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while :)

S_LJune 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

thanks Wycee for this clear tutorial, it’s obvious you were once a science student :P Now I don’t have to worry about not having hair elastics during class tests :)

Eunice LumakangJune 11th, 2012 at 12:00 am

It’s so hard for me, any tips?? My arms is badly hurt because I tried it a lot of times.

MafilJune 11th, 2012 at 7:55 am

Fantastic tip you got there. It was really hard for the first time I tried it. it took me a couple of times just to get it right. I actually did it…except the tucking the hair underneath part.. I didn’t tuck it well, I actually skipped that part… It’s just so hard to tuck it..haha. So I got to bun my hair after a couple of times but wasn’t as neat as yours. Haha. I’ll keep practicing this til I make it as neat as yours. Thanks for sharing this. :D

Sue-on-the-farmJune 19th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I wasn’t even going to try this because my hair is so fine and sleek … BUT … I read Elaine’s comment [Posted April 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM] so I thought what the heck.

First try – pfft, it fell right out. Second try, tighter twist … OMG IT WORKED!

I am over 50 years old and have always been envious of gals with thick hair that could stay up without any equipment, now I can do it too! yay

RachJune 23rd, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Got it to work! Thanks- I’ll definitely be using this one in the future, I have no doubt!

SamanthaJune 27th, 2012 at 11:17 am

I love the idea, but as soon as I tuck the bun under, it completely falls apart and I have to start ALL over again. Is there a maximum length for this to work? My hair goes to the top of my legs, is that too long?

SamanthaJune 27th, 2012 at 11:23 am

I have tried so many times, I just can’t get it to stay up!!!

SamanthaJune 27th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Oh, and it doesn’t work with a pencil either – it falls out before I get the chance to put it in! :P

COURTNEY AGED 11 YRSJune 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Fab did first time ThankU

TracyJuly 10th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I love this:)

SandraJuly 14th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Wow! It took a few tries, but I finally got it! Thanks so much. Now to see how long it’ll stay up… :-)

How long does your bun usually stay up (without a pencil), assuming you’re not exercising? I’m assuming without the pencil, it’s not going to stay up if you’re jogging.

Thanks!

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 9:33 am

Yay Sue-on-the-farm! I’m so glad to hear that!!! :)

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hi Samantha,

I’m not exactly sure if there’s a maximum length, but I’ve read comments that people left on my YouTube video saying they got it to work with their knee-length hair! Maybe try making your bun tighter?

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Samantha, as for the pencil — hold your hair up with one hand as you put the pencil in place. Hope that helps! :)

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hi Courtney! That’s great! :)

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 10:11 am

Thanks Tracy! :)

WyceeJuly 19th, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Sandra!

Mine usually stays up for as long as I want it up. If I do this with my hair still damp, it can stay up the whole day. The bun is really secure when your hair is still damp, so it might even stay up during exercise. If you do this with you hair dry though, your best bet is with the pencil if you’re going to be hopping around haha

GaoJuly 19th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Wow! I found your video on a fluke and I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo glad I did. I am horrible at doing hair and it is really sad because my hair is so long…lol. But I did this “hair style” in one try and man, it worked so beautifully. The bun is absolutely secure and doesn’t feel like it will fall out at all!

Thank you for posting the video!

WyceeJuly 22nd, 2012 at 2:04 am

Hi Gao! I’m happy to hear that! :)

ApoorvaJuly 22nd, 2012 at 7:41 am

Thanx very much for such an awesome idea which keeps my hair tied for hours my friends too learnt from me and they too r grateful

WyceeJuly 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hi Apoorva! That’s wonderful! I’m glad you and your friends enjoy it!

JaniceJuly 24th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

My hair is super thick and heavy and no matter what i do, it won’t stay up. I’ve tried making it tighter but it only stays for a few seconds before falling. Can you please help me?

VeronicaAugust 1st, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Tried it I must not be dOing it right :( my hair is thick tho

jennyAugust 11th, 2012 at 12:13 am

I have layers, and the longest length of my hair is where my bra strap is. I really need help. I live in Arizona, and it’s really hot after lunch.

GayleAugust 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

My hair is long and fine–I’ve always had a problem getting a bun to stay in place. I’ve never seen the trick to take a strand of hair and pull it over to hold the rest of the bun in place. I only had to practice your method twice to get it to look great and hold well. A million thanks for sharing! :-)

sidusAugust 16th, 2012 at 5:31 am

awesome! totally worked for me!!! omg u r a genius xD ;A; thank you so much!! xoxo

Jeri AtkinAugust 17th, 2012 at 10:30 am

What a delightful wonderful idea and how generous of you to share.
It will take me more than a few tries, but I will master your “bun” and
be forever grateful. Thank you.

CaitySeptember 9th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Thank you! I have been wondering if there was a way to do this for years! I always thought the trick was to knot, but it just fell right back out. With your way I was successful on the second try!

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WyceeSeptember 12th, 2012 at 12:49 am

Hi Caity! Yay! Nice to hear that you got it on the second try! :)

RitwikaOctober 1st, 2012 at 2:59 am

The method is really nice… but my hair is really very smooth.. it slips out again and again. can please suggest something….?

AmyOctober 28th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Wicked just watched it Tryed it before u showed the pencil and it worked yay! Love it this will be my new hair style thanks muchly

MarinelaaaaNovember 1st, 2012 at 6:49 am

Hii! My hair is really thick and long. It’s length is just above the pants? Yeah, I think. I tried it thrice and I gave up. I asked my aunt to do it for me, she tried it twice and it’s perfect. I let her take a picture of it and damn, its cool. Now, I don’t want to remove it.. But I have to take a bath. =)) And I think I have to learn it on my own so that I can do it whenever I’m at school. Thanks for sharing!! It was really really really great! x

JemmaDecember 18th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

THIS IS AMAZING. I always end up with an awful kink from a bun with a hair tie, and this looks so cute! THANK YOU :) :)

satwinderDecember 22nd, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hi, Thanks for those quick hair tie tips. I have long hair and don’t want to cut them. I want different hair style that I can put my hair tie. Open hair always bother me. This is very nice hair style to keep me every time cool.

hiyaJanuary 1st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

hi my names hiya n i just cant seem to fit my long thick hair into the strands of har yr supposed to pull

[…] Now there’s a hair bun, here comes the tricky part – Hold the bun with your left hand and take a section of your hair next to the bun and pull it over the bun while tucking the bun underneath it. Make sure the bun is completely covered by the section of hair. It takes a few tries for first-timers (especially for those who have smoother hair) but once you get the whole point of covering the bun with that section of hair, it’s fairly easy to do. Make proper adjustment while making this updo and make sure it isn’t too tight as it might hurt your scalp. (Source) […]

WyceeJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Yay! I’m glad you all are enjoying it! :)

JeeBeeJanuary 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

Oh my goodness – my hair is thick and long and usually unmanageable, and I just did this in literally ten seconds without using a mirror! Colour me impressed, lady.

I teach in a primary school and the kids are always nitty, so having a secure updo is essential. I was searching for something easy that I could do on a daily basis, which is how I found this. You are ACE. Thank you! x

JulieJanuary 16th, 2013 at 8:10 am

Nerdygirlmakeup/Pintrest too.

Wycee,
I absolutely love this trick!! My hair is only shoulder length right now, but I can’t wait until it grows so I can try this. Sounds crazy huh…I want it to grow so I can put it up.
Anyway, it looks just beautiful and I want to give it a try.
Thank you!

shannyFebruary 1st, 2014 at 12:11 am

Wow that really worksh thxxxxxx

PamMarch 23rd, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Great trick! I’m posting this on my site! I don’t usually post “beauty” type things, (I have a craft/diy blog) but this is too good…and I guess it’s considered DIY right?! So, because of this I guess I’ll add a category: “Hair and Makeup”.

Thanks for this post.

ynaMarch 24th, 2014 at 2:50 am

I have really long hair and this worked wonders :D also only took a min to learn the whole thing, thanks a bunch ;)

jojoMarch 24th, 2014 at 4:52 am

Are you pulling a piece of hair from the twisted bun part to pull over?

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WyceeMarch 24th, 2014 at 10:40 am

Hi Jojo,

The section of hair you pull over is right next to the bun, not part of the bun. See Step 5 :)

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