Tutorial | The Donut Bun

It’s been a while since I’ve done my last hair tutorialshame on me– but now that I’ve rediscovered my interest in hair styling, I thought it was about time I gave this another go. One of the things I like to do is making a donut bun. It’s a quick and easy way to play around with your hair and try something different without having to undergo some major changes (like cutting.. brrr…).

If I recall correctly there was some scene from ‘The Hills’ in which Lauren C. (God I miss her) and one of her friends went to the hair salon just to get a new hairstyle for the day (I think it was something braided). Nothing else. No cutting, brushing nor dyeing. I wish we had something like that here.. or do we? In the meantime I’ll just show you how you can create the look above at home.

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1. Sleek hair is the best to make this look work. If your hair is curly, use a straightener before you get started. Your hair shouldn’t be too smooth either, or the bun might not stay in place. You need a strong hair elastic, a comb, hair spray and of course; a donut. You can buy these almost everywhere (supermarkets, fast fashion retailers, drugstores..) and they’re really cheap. I got mine at Claire’s for about € 4. Make sure you choose a color that’s close to your own hair color. Or you can go DIY all the way and use a big old sock. Just cut off the tip and roll it up so it’s shaped like the donut.

2 & 3. Make a high ponytail and pull it hard so the hair elastic is as close to your head as possible.

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4. Take the donut and pull your ponytail trough all the way. Then, shove it until you reach about 1/4 from the ends (or 3/4 from your head).

5. Ever had palm trees in your hair as a kid? That’s exactly what you need to do in the next step. Divide the 1/4 th that is sticking out of the donut (the rest of my tail is just hiding behind my head in this pic) over the donut and pull it downwards over the donut, so you don’t see it anymore.

6. Tuck the ends in the donut. This is a really important step so make sure they’re all properly tucked in before you continue!

 photo stylelabbeautybloghowtotutorialdonutbun3.jpg7. Now you’re ready to roll your donut: Grab the donut with the ends tucked in and hold it above your head in order to get your ponytail straight. Use your thumbs to keep everything in place by pushing upwards on the inside of the donut while using your other fingers to pull the donut downwards by rolling. It’s almost like rolling up a sleeve. Do this until the donut touches your head.

8. Finish with hair spray ( I used Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray).

9. And that’s it, you’ve made yourself a donut bun! It takes some practice though, so don’t give up after your first try!

 Cute & sophisticated? Check!
Now it’s up to you!

Questions or requests? Let me know in the comments!


  1. February 7, 2013 / 9:01 am

    Die donut is de beste uitvinding ooit! Nooit meer een mislukte dot 🙂

  2. February 7, 2013 / 10:50 am


    • Sté
      February 7, 2013 / 11:12 am

      Als je veel haar hebt kan je ofwel zelf een donut maken met vb een haarband of sjaaltje, ofwel kan je een andere methode gebruiken. Ik zal eens zien of het lukt bij mij en dan plaats ik het op de blog.

    • strietje
      February 7, 2013 / 8:55 pm


  3. February 7, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    Super leuk! heb er ook 2 verschillende soorten. En het lukt me beter met de andere maar die is nooit zo perfect als deze! dus ik ga het toch eens zo uittesten 😉

  4. February 7, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    je kan perfect hier naar de kapper gaan om je haar te laten stylen hoor, oude vrouwtjes doen dat nog altijd! 😀 en donuts YEAY

    • Sté
      February 7, 2013 / 10:27 pm

      Een dikke haarband anders? Earmuffs zijn ook super cute ^^

  5. February 8, 2013 / 10:39 am

    misschien moet ik het toch nog maar eens proberen, ik had het al opgegeven. Ik krijg mijn haar daar niet mooi rond en in

  6. February 8, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    Leuke tutorial! Bij mij lukte het tot de stap waar je je haar rond die donut moet doen. Mijn haar is daar eigenlijk te dun voor en met mijn rode haren zie je die donut er heel erg door. Zo jammer! x

    • Sté
      February 14, 2013 / 7:46 pm

      Heb je het al geprobeerd met een kleinere donut? Claire’s heeft verschillende maten.

  7. February 10, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Coole tutorial! Heb deze nog niet geprobeerd, gewone dotjes zijn zo veel rapper. Maar het ziet er zo mooi uit! Ga het echt snel eens uitproberen.

  8. February 14, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    I seriously love this hairstyle and should purchase a donut asap. I always seem to forget when I’m shopping until I see someone wearing their hair up like this. Got it on my shopping list now though 😉

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