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"Chinese" bun tutorial

No knitting this week, sorry.

This blog seems to get a lot of hits from people who Google “Chinese bun,” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         “hair bun” or somesuch. I posted a photograph that someone took of me last year, in which I am wearing my hair in a Chinese bun, held with a double-pointed knitting needle, and this seems to be generating those hits. So, I though that I would post a tutorial, to help out anyone who’s trying to figure out how to do this neat bun.

This is an “updo” that is very stable, distributes the weight of the hair well (if that is a concern for you) and really stays put. Once I put my hair up in this type of bun for the day, I rarely need to touch it until I’m ready to take it down for the night.

Tutorial

DSCN1079 1. Put your hair into a regular, somewhat loose, ponytail.

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2. Stick a hairstick (or DPN, if you like!) through the hair behind the base of the ponytail. This is between the ponytail holder and your scalp.

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3. Now divide the ponytail in half…

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4. …and lift both halves over their respective ends of the hairstick.

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The result looks like this. This is the foundation for the bun.

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5. At this point, I like to twist one side a bit, pull it around to the front, and clip it to my shirt (or hold it in my teeth) to keep it out of the way.

Pick up the other side and start twisting it until it begins to kink,* and start guiding it around the outside of the ponytail foundation you have already made.

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6. I like to lay the twisted section of hair over the top of the unused section the first time I go around the bun, and then pull it under the second time. I think that this makes a neater, more symmetrical bun.

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7. Pin the first half in place, hiding the ends.

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8. Now pick up the second half and begin twisting it in the opposite direction. As it twists, let it coil around the base of the bun.

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9. Tuck in the ends and pin in place. All done!

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*My hair is quite straight and fine, and therefore slippery. I have to use lots of twist to make it stay put in any updo. If your hair is curly or more coarse, you might not need to twist it so much.

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