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

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

abercrombie lace cami uniqlo skirt for small waists

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best everlane sweaters petite try ons

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white dress petite fashion blog castaner wedges

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floral shirt dress petite nursing friendly clothes

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  1. Gigi wrote:

    I love this look and your outfit ideas! Thanks for this post, Jean!

    Posted 12.16.20 Reply
  2. ES wrote:

    This looks so cute! Will this work for long, thick hair?

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi! I have a note in the post that this doesn’t work as well for long, thick hair (at least not for me, because I find myself having nowhere to tuck the excess hair ends under). For longer hair several ppl recommended the Carlin tool by Mihoko (I had a similar one growing up but never quite figured it out for it to look the way i wanted)

      Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  3. Beth H wrote:

    I love this trick! I’ve never been able to get a low bun to hold its shape…I’m going to try your technique.. 😊

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I hope this works out for you! It might take just a little practice, but my mom was able to pick it up quickly and wetting the ponytail helps : )

      Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  4. miki wrote:

    I adore the chignon bun but since I have to wear it every single day at work I’m starting to hate it hahaha
    Miki x

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  5. Kate wrote:

    Nori is such a cutie! I just love her positive, full of energy vibe haha

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Aw thank you, Kate! She definitely keeps our hands as well as hearts full. xx

      Posted 12.11.20 Reply

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