Bringing Back the Donut // 1-min Low Bun

See how-to video here.

Who had a hair donut growing up or for ballet class? While many of us have left behind the “princess bride” topknots that donuts were known for creating, by simply lowering the bun a bit, you get a more understated and timeless look which I love. I had retired my donuts over a decade ago, but found myself missing them for my mom who has shoulder length hair, and Nori who has very fine hair. I ended up getting this $6 set (2 color options) which comes with 2 full size and 2 mini ones, and both ladies have been enjoying their new donut do’s!

As an alternative to my messy high bun (see tutorial), I often default to this low bun for a variety of looks. It works with a casual sweater for cozy styling, or with statement earrings or a headband for a more elegant, glam look. To mix it up I also like my bun off to one side, or extra low to wear under a wide brim hat (either straw or wool). See below for some of these examples over the years!

Hair donut low bun tutorial

On my mom: Hair bun donut, turtleneck tunic xs
1-minute low hair bun:

Video // Demonstrating it here on my mom, but very easy to do on yourself!

1. Pull hair into a low ponytail and tie with a hair elastic. Thread your ponytail through the donut.

2. Spread the hair over the donut like a waterfall and then secure by pulling another hair elastic around it. For fine hair, this is easier to do if you dampen your ponytail a bit.

3. Your bun might look a little disconnected from your head at this stage. Use one hand to press the bun against your head. Using the other hand, take a bobby pin and pin it through the hair on your head, through part of the hair donut, and secure it back down to the hair on your head. Repeat with a few more bobby pins around the outer edge of your bun.

4. Pull out a few face framing pieces for a softer look, if desired, or go super sleek.

Note, the donut doesn’t work as well for those with very long and thick hair since there’s nowhere to tuck a large amount of hair under.

how to use a hair donut for low bun

Low bun looks over the years:

little black sweater dress holiday photos 2020

Express dress xxs, similar shoes, similar headband, AT earrings (updated), Hermes belt (look for less)

janie jack toddler girls holiday gold sneaker shoes

On Nori using the donut: Janie and Jack knot headband, velvet dress 2T, Glitter bow sneakers

abercrombie lace cami uniqlo skirt for small waists

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floral shirt dress petite nursing friendly clothes

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