While there are dozens of tutorials available on the Internet on how to create the perfect downtown bun, I've found an even easier way; no bobby pins (or work) required.
I found the Conair Bun Maker at Walmart for only $3 and new I had to try it. This little tool has become my new best friend and makes the bun incredibly easy to make. Not only does it create a perfect bun in seconds, but it helps create a fuller, thicker bun as if you have long, luscious locks. This is great since my hair is still a little short and when on its own, makes a pretty pathetic looking nub, rather than a chic bun.
Conair Bun Maker
Flexible Hold Hairspray
2 Hair Bands
Teasing Comb (optional)
Bobby Pins (optional)
Step 1. Brush through hair to remove any tangles and kinks, then rake through hair with shine gloss using your fingers. I prefer using a drop of Argon Oil that I rub in between my hands then comb through my hair with my fingers.
Step 2. Bring hair into a ponytail positioned on the center of your head, higher up, or on the side depending on what you prefer. I generally go a little higher than the center of my head, but sometimes go to the side for a chic side bun. Secure ponytail using a hair band.
Step 3. (Optional) If you prefer a messier bun, use a teasing comb and hairspray to tease the ponytail and help thicken and add texture to the hair.
Step 4. Pull the ponytail through the hole in the bun maker and slide it down to the base of the ponytail to sit against your head.
Step 5. Spread hair over the bun maker until it is completely covered then take a hair band and wrap around hair and bun maker to secure the bun.
Step 6. Any "tails" or hair that is sticking out can be wrapped around bun and tucked into hair band to secure. You could also keep a small strand of hair out of the bun when spreading over bun maker and use to wrap around entire bun to hide the hair band, then tuck the end in to fasten or secure with a bobby pin. Spray with some flexible hold hairspray and smooth over any fly-aways. I prefer Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Hairspray. I also pin back my bangs for a sleeker look.
And, done! A classic and chic downtown ballerina bun for any occasion.