Hey Mamas (and non-mamas, who like quick hairstyle hacks!) – this one’s for YOU!!!! Boys – save yourself some time and stop reading this now. This is my go-to hairstyle for basically everything these days since it takes less than five minutes and always looks “done”, even if I haven’t washed my hair in awhile (Mom Truth #1: my hair rarely sees shampoo these days unless it’s in powder form). I get more requests for this blog than anything else, so here it is… you are going to laugh when you see how I do it!
Mom Truth #2: I have SUPER thin hair (my family calls it ‘chickadee fluff’ because it’s so baby fine) but I’ve always LOVED fun hairstyles so if you ever see me with nice, thick hair, I can promise you that I’m wearing extensions. The secret is OUT! I’ve tried them all, tape-ins, beads, and temporary but my favorite are the clip-ins because they’re easier on my hair and I can choose when to wear them. My absolute favorite clip-in extensions are the Barefoot Blonde Classic set (21 inches) in the color “Honey Dipped” because the seam is so small, you can’t see if under your hair at all when you wear your hair down. But for the Mom-Bun, there are lots of great brands out there that are slightly less expensive. My other go-to brand is Euronext in Dark Blond Frost (18 inches). You can shop both of these extension options (and everything I’m wearing in this blog) by clicking the thumbnail images below (make sure you click the photo of the item, not the Pinterest graphic logo)!
If you plan to use the extensions often, my advice would be to get the real hair (vs the synthetic options that feel and look very fake, very quickly) and take care of it properly (wash, brush etc) and it should last for a long time. If you have thin hair like me, whether you use real hair extensions or synthetic, the key is to get them long enough. I suggest 18+ inches, so you have enough to wrap around the bun.
Another thing… if you have naturally long, thick, luscious hair, I hate you. Kidding… kind of. But actually, I’m sure you can follow the same basic steps, minus the extensions, of the 4-Minute-Mom-Bun and will get the same results. I’ve obviously never tried it with thick hair, so you’ll have to test it out and let me know if it works!! So here it goes…
Step 1: Wash and blow-dry that hair, mama! (Or if you’re short on time like me, spray that hair down with a lot of dry shampoo)
Step 2: I’m a Texan at heart so I LOVE me some hair volume! Tease, tease, tease it! Unless you want it slick to your head, then skip this step. Slick hair makes me look like a baby seal so I’m on #TeamTease all the way.
Step 3: Take a hair elastic and tie your hair in a high bun so the bun itself is wrapped as tight/small as possible. Lightly pull any portions of hair around your scalp that you want to have more volume or if you want to pull-out some pieces to frame your face, now is the time! I like volume on the top so I make sure I loosen some of the hair on top of my head so it’s not too flat.
Step 4: Depending how much volume you want/need, get your hair extensions ready. I usually use 2-3 wefts that are 4-6 inches wide each, but you might need more/less for your preferred Mom-Bun size. Clip one weft at a time around the base of your bun. Stack each weft on top of each-other around the base until they’re all clipped in. All the extensions should be hanging long like a ponytail at this point.
Step 5: Start wrapping the “ponytail” around the bun somewhat loosely so it covers the tight bun underneath. Sometimes I have to try it a couple times so it sits how I want it to and hides my real hair underneath.
Step 6: Bobby-pin the bun in place and lightly pull out parts of the bun until it’s as loose as you want. I like mine to look a bit messy rather than perfectly in place. Spray that baby with hair-spray and TA-DAAAAAAA!
4-Minute-Mom-Bun complete! It’s actually the easiest thing ever and literally takes me just a few minutes but SO many of you have asked for my “secret”, so now you have it. It’s not rocket science, but it sure comes in handy when you need to look “put-together” with very little time… which is basically my entire life.
Let me know if you try it! Does anyone else have any hair secrets I should know about?? Or, since we’re talking secrets, does anyone have expert tips for thin hair? Mine needs some serious TLC so send me alllllll the hair advice!