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!


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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! :)

March 31st, 2010 in Techniques | Share