4c hair bun

If there were a hall of fame for 4c hairstyles, the 4c hair bun would be in it. One of my favorite low-maintenance hairstyles that can go from cute and casual to chic and elegant quickly.

While the natural hair bun is not a protective style, it’s super popular because it’s easy to style and maintain. And in this blog post, I’ll share with you how to do a 4c hair bun.

How do you do a bun with 4c hair?

No matter your hair length, you can do a bun with 4c hair. Yes, it may be a little bit challenging, but not impossible. All you need is the right technique and products. And below I’m sharing the steps to create beautiful hair buns.

  1. Ideally, you want to start by washing and deep conditioning your hair to ensure it is hydrated and nourished. If wash day has passed, ensure to hydrate your hair using a spray water bottle. This will make it easier to style and will help to reduce the risk of breakage.
  1. Next, section your hair into small, manageable sections and apply a leave-in conditioner. I usually divide my hair into 4 sections; however, if you have short hair, you may need more sections. This will help you grip your hair easier and ensure it stays flat.
  1. Afterward, use a wide-tooth comb and gently detangle your hair from the ends to the roots. Be sure to take your time and be gentle, as 4c hair is prone to breakage.
  1. Once your hair is detangled and smooth, use a hair tie or elastic band to gather the back part of your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head. Optionally you can put some strong hold gel on your hair to smooth it out a little more. However, it’s not necessary.
  1. Now, take the two front parts of your hair and hold them in place while you untie the back. Once you have a grip on all your hair together, tie them together as closely as possible. Again, you can use hair gel to tame the flyaways.
  1. You should now have a single ponytail up top.
  1. If your hair is short, you can mold the hair in place to look like a bun. But if you have medium-length hair, you’ll need bobby pins to tuck in your hair strands.
  1. Now, you can either rock a messy bun and leave it as is or get a sleek bun by using a boar bristle brush and some more gel to slick down your baby hairs.
  1. Lastly, use a satin or silk headscarf to cover your hair and let it dry. This will help the hairstyle stay in place. Of course, remember that they will break if you put too much tension on your roots. So don’t.

The above steps are pretty much the basic steps for any 4c ponytail hairstyle. Whether you like sleek ponytails, or space buns, or prefer a top knot.

By following these steps, you can easily create any type of 4c hair bun.

How do you put 4C hair in a high bun?

Putting 4c hair in a high bun can be tricky, depending on the length of your hair. The shorter your natural hair, the more gel you will need. So, I suggest you get a gel with great hold.

While the above steps still apply to this hair tutorial, the only difference is that you want to divide your hair into more sections. This time you start by tieing up your hair from the inside out. Grip the hair at the top of your head, apply gel and tie it together.

Then continue adding to it, section by section, always applying more gel.

If you have very short natural hair, the back of your hair may not even reach the top bun. No worries. Continue to add the best gel you have and brush it upwards using a bristle brush. Once all the hair is in a bun, wrap it tightly with a scarf to hold everything in place and let it dry.

Now your 4c hair is in a high bun.

how to make a bun with short natural hair

Sleek low bun natural hair 4c

Probably the most elegant version of the 4c hair bun is the sleek low bun. To achieve this cute hairstyle, do the following.

Divide your hair into multiple sections using a rattail comb. Take the lowest section, apply a natural hair gel and tie it together tightly.

Now add to that section, bit by bit, using gel and a bristle brush to keep it sleek. Finally, use a tiny bit amount of edge control and an edge brush to style your edges. This will elevate the whole look and make it look super sexy.

Once you are all done, wrap it with a silk scarf and either let it dry or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.

At this point, you are done. However, if you desire long hair, you can add natural-looking hair extensions to your own hair. For a sleek low bun, a great option is to use a drawstring ponytail. However, if you are feeling bold you can also use a hair weave and attach it with bobby pins.

What products do I need to make a 4c hair bun?

The good news is, to make a 4c hair bun, you do not need a lot of products. In contrast to other elaborate styles, this beautiful bun is a very simple style. Here is all you will need:

  • A leave-in conditioner of your choice that will hydrate your hair and make it easier to work with when creating a bun. Look for conditioners that moisturize and nourish your hair.
  • A wide-tooth comb is essential for detangling your natural hair without causing breakage.
  • You will need a hair tie or elastic band to gather your hair into a ponytail for the bun.
  • Bobby pins or hair clips to secure the bun in place. You may need to use several pins or clips to ensure the bun is secure.
  • Edge control or gel to create a sleek and polished look. This helps smooth down any flyaways and create a clean, sleek look, and defines the baby hairs in the front of your head.
  • Satin or silk headscarf: To wrap your hair and hold the style in place while it dries.

Remember to be gentle with your 4c hair when doing any natural hairstyles, especially the 4c hair bun which tends to require a lot of manipulation.

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