How to Perfect a Sleek Bun for Every Hair Type

How to Perfect a Sleek Bun for Every Hair Type

Obsessed with the slick back bun style? We are too! This hairstyle is elegant and effortlessly chic. It's a quick and easy way to add an elevated look to your go-to outfits or for any special occasion. 

However, every hair type is different. This means: If you have curly hair, you may need to take a different approach than someone with straight hair. 

We're here to walk you through how to master the slick back bun for your hair type, so you can start rocking the style everywhere you go. 

Let's take a closer look:

Straight Hair 

Fine, straight, or thin hair is easy to slick back into a bun. What you’ll want to worry about is having enough hair to have a full-looking bun you can secure in the back. 

  • Comb and part your hair down the middle
  • With a comb, pull your hair back into a ponytail and use an elastic to secure the pony 
  • Twist your ponytail into a knot and use an elastic to secure it. 
  • Use a serum like Well Behaved to eliminate flyaways and imperfections
  • If you have ultra fine hair, consider trying the 90s spiky bun style for extra body and volume. 

The spiky bun is a mix between a messy bun and a slick back bun. It's a great added touch for an effortlessly chic style. 

Well Behaved is our anti-frizz serum that can be used as a finisher on dry hair and for a sleek back bun to combat frizz and fortify hair for a polished finish. Don't forget - a little bit goes a long way! 

Wavy Hair

Wavy hair can be wild and untamed! If you want to achieve a sleek bun, you'll want to focus on gelling down all those loose flyaways, frizz, and extra curls that are harder to tame.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Start by parting your hair down the middle
  • Slick back your hair using a toothbrush or a small comb and use hair gel
  • Put your hair into a high ponytail
  • To achieve a messy bun look full with extra bouncy curls: clip your hair back using clips or Bobbi pins and pull extra curls out
  • Go around your head one last time with gel and a touch brush or comb
  • Make sure all edges of your hair are expertly pulled back
  • Give your head a quick spritz of hair spray, and you're good to go!

To maintain and combat the frizz - use our Magnifying Glass. This intensive repair serum adds a protective layer to prevent frizz and add shine to your sleek back bun!

Curly Hair

If you have a head full of beautiful curls, you'll want to maintain the mane and pull back all your curls to the best of your ability. Don't worry - you can show them off in the bun later.

  • Start by sectioning off your bangs in a triangle in the middle
  • Use a coarse brush or brush with gel to pull your hair back around your head
  • Put your hair into a ponytail 
  • Unclip your bangs and spray them with water and apply gel
  • Work them into the rest of your hair and brush them back into the bun 
  • Let some of your natural curls hang loose and show off!
  • Give your head a quick spritz of Max Capacity Hairspray for added texture & hold, and you're good to go!

Coily Hair 

Coily hair has a zig-zag hair shape full of tight curls and a gorgeous refined pattern. This hair type has tons of body and volume - which is never a bad thing! However, you'll need to take the extra steps to maintain the mane and get the finished look you desire. 

Here's how:


  • Start with washed, clean hair. If you haven't washed it in a few days, spray it down with a spray bottle
  • Part your hair down the middle or to the side
  • Start smoothing it out on each side with The Great Inflate Styling Foam and brush your hair back into a bun
  • Apply edge control to the edges and create face-framing pieces
  • Use a bristle brush to smooth out any flyaways
  • If you have shorter hair pieces, you'll want to use a Bobby pin or a clip to pull them back

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At Orlando Pita Play, we have a variety of high-quality serums that will help you master the art of the sleek bun and achieve a more refined finished look every time you get ready to style your hair. 

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