People with long hair often enjoy wearing their hair down and flowing loosely. But there are times when wearing long hair in an updo is desired, either for a formal occasion or because the hair needs to be out of the way. A bun is one way to wear long hair when it must be pulled back.

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Spritz your hair with a light spray of water to help it brush smoothly. Brush through the hair completely from the roots to the ends to make sure it is tangle-free.

Pull the hair into a ponytail and secure it with the elastic band. The height of the ponytail is your choice. It can be high at the crown of the head, in the center back of the head or at the nape of the neck. Each position would make an attractive, yet distinctly different, bun. Make sure the hair is brushed smoothly into the ponytail and that the elastic band is tight.

Grasp the hair in the ponytail and twist it. As you twist it, the hair will coil around the elastic band. Wrap it into a tight bun and hold the coiled hair with one hand.

Insert bobby pins into the coiled hair. Place the bobby pins or small hair clips every couple of inches around the entire outer edge of the coiled circle of hair to secure the bun.

Spray a light mist of hairspray over the bun to tame any loose hairs. Place a hair net over the bun to keep the hair secured neatly, if desired.

Clip a hair bow or hair ribbon either on top of the bun or on the underside of the bun for additional decor.