HOTD: 1 Bun, 3 Different Styles

Last updated on November 10th, 2023 at 12:06 pm

OOTD, HOTD. If you are lacking in hipness (like me!), it took you a while to figure out what the heck those acronyms stood for! Well, OOTD is Outfit of the Day. I won’t be sharing that but I will be sharing the HOTD aka Hair of The Day (or Hairstyles of the Day for this article): Bun Protective Styles

pin curled bun protective style

Buns are my favorite way to protective style. You can create a number of looks from the simple base used to create them – the ponytail.

The simplicity of your protective hairstyles is what helps you to further retain length due to using much less manipulation to create them.

The following 3 bun protective styles were achieved by setting the hair in a bun with either a banana clip or satin scrunchie.

What varies with each bun is the placing of the ponytails on my head. Then, I added different hair accessories to accent each style.

bun protective styles
protective hairstyle bun

It pays to live in NY. I can find virtually any type of hair accessory around. There are so many spots to buy them. The cost of $1-$3 is the best part. Of course, there are those that are a lot more pricey but I purchase those few and far between (and, only wear them on special occasions)

2 More Hairstyles:

braided bun protective style
Bun hairstyle in the back
top bun protective styles
hair bun with a braid

This last bun hairstyle above was created with a satin scrunchy and bobby pins to pin curl. I used Murray’s Beeswax Cream and Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine to Smooth my edges and cut down on frizz.

I threw a cornrow in the front for a little variation. Still, simple.

I’m realizing the more I manipulate my fine natural hair, the more it breaks.

So, I’m trying to protect my ends by using low manipulation protective styling as much as possible. When you are trying to reach a hair goal, low manipulation is best.

Do you protective style? If so, what’s one of your favorite bun protective styles?

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Stacy

    Hey thanks for commenting and following. I’m doing the same 🙂 I’m originally from NYC but living in philly now. Where can I get some of your products??? I’m loving your blog too!!

    1. Michelle

      Thanks Stacy! Don’t be a stranger. I plan to visit with you often too! I love to chat 🙂 Let me know when you come across any events in our surrounding areas.

  2. Miche'al

    I really love 4 and 5 pictures. Is that the style you where talking about before with using your hair to braid?

    1. Michelle

      Hey Miche’al- I don’t remember LOL. I braid with my own hair though. I don’t like using anything fake.

      Oh we gotta talk about this curly girl method. did you read the book? I did it this weekend and while i noticed my ends were good, it took my hair too long to dry. I think I’m going to do it again and use less (and a diff.) condish.

      I will say that I noticed my curls really forming though.

      1. Miche'al

        Yes, I read the book and the method is great, but so time consuming. My curls looked great too. Do you think that the drying process is due to the conditioner?

        1. Michelle

          you know. it’s possible but i think how i had my hair packed on my head made a difference too. I am however switching the conditioner. This time I’m going to use the Shikai Every Day Conditioner.

          honestly, it wasn’t any more time consuming than my usual rituals. plus the fact that I LOVE playing in my hair, it’s time well spent 🙂

          I’m going to do Zizyphus again starting tonight. i pre-pooed with Vatika oil last night. I’m interested to see if the Zizyphus will have any effect on my curls when I do it the curly girl way.

      2. Miche'al

        Yes, I read the book. I like the method but it is so time consuming. Do you think the drying process has anything to do with the conditioner?

  3. Tamara

    Hey Michelle!
    Wow you have a beautiful head of hair! I can’t wait to see where my new found hair journey takes me. Thanks so much for the site you recommended. I see myself online browsing ALOT of different places for info and that one I shall add to my personal list as well as your blog! I love pictures too. I’m a visual learner..nothing will stick in my memory without some sort of visual aid Lol. Keep in touch!

    1. Michelle

      Hi Tamara, Thanks for stopping by! Thank you. I’m trying to grow this mop top out to breast length! i’ll definitely keep in touch.

  4. Shannon

    Those look lovely! I really like the last one with the cornrows.

    1. Michelle

      Thanks Shannon. That’s as much creativity for hairstyles as I can come up with lol

  5. Dre Davis

    Wow Michelle, you are superwoman! And don’t feel bad, my failed twist outs end up the same way (if not tucked under something). You do a great job. Still finding a way to make a fabulously neat bun while wearing each of your “hats”.

    Go girl!

    1. Michelle

      🙂 Thanks. I’m thinking one day I’ll perfect the twist out. i bought Teri LaFlesh’s book, “Curly Like Me” I tried the leaving the conditioner in my hair and it took me over 12 hours to dry. That is not working. I am going to try and different condish and use less. Hopefully that will work.

  6. Dre Davis

    These three looks are really cute! The bun is one of my favorite protective styles as well!

    1. Michelle

      Dre, I have nooooo creativity. That’s how I wind up in buns. I’m usually saving a failed twist out lol.

      i took a bunch of pics of different buns and will share more. it can be overwhelming getting it all done sometimes though. I write for 2 other blogs, work full time AND run 2 e-stores! Hence, the bun is quick and easy 🙂

  7. Mickey

    Yay for buns… you know I’m a bun’s biggest fan! LOL. Love the headbands, too!!! Are these purchased headbands or DIY headbands?

    1. Michelle

      Hi Mickey, I purchased them for like $2. The beauty supply stores in NY have so much to choose from. I like going to the Bronx in the ghetto lol. They have a ton of stuff for cheap.

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