Sometimes you just want to put your hair up once and be done for the week. A slicked back bun is a classic style that does exactly that. It’s a relatively easy style, but it’s not always easy to keep it looking good. This step-by-step guide will show you how to get that timeless look and make it last.
Step 1. Start with clean hair
You’ll want to start with a clean slate because this style requires a fair amount of product. Complete your wash day as usual. (If you’re not sure if your wash day is all that it could be, you might want to check out this post.)
Step 2. Add extra moisture
Use this style as an opportunity to give your hair a moisture boost. Try our extra-moisturizing conditioner, our leave-in conditioner, or both!
Step 3. Detangle
Getting a comb through your hair should be as easy as cutting a knife through warm butter. Take the extra time needed to detangle your hair so that you can lay it down with no problems.
Step 3. Stretch it out
You can skip this step if your hair is relaxed. If it’s natural, use your preferred method of stretching it out. You can steam it, blow dry it, pull it back in braids, flat iron it—whatever you like.
Step 4. Comb it through
Give your hair one last comb through before you start the rest of the styling.
Step 5. Section your hair
A slicked back bun requires a different part than you might be used to. Instead of going down the middle, you’ll create a circular section of the hair at the crown of your head and comb the hair around the edges down.
Step 6. Pull up your crown
Start your bun by pulling the hair at the crown of your head into a mini top bun. Use some gel and edge control to get your bun off to a smooth start.
Step 7. Complete the bun
Comb the rest of your hair up. Then grab a brush and use gel to slick your hair back. Don’t be afraid to use a good amount of gel. This is what keeps your bun together. Once it’s all slicked back, you can bring the hair to meet the rest of your bun and secure it with a hair tie.
Step 8. Lay it down
Time to give your edges some love. Get out your edge control and lay them down.
Step 9. Tie it up
Complete the slicked back look by tying down your hair with a silk or satin scarf. Remember to repeat this step every night you have your bun in to keep it looking as good as it did on day one.
And there you have it, our guide to a perfectly slicked back bun. What tips would you add? Share them below!
Written By Taylor Morrison