In hair care there are things that have become staples across the board. It takes time for something to become a staple, but once it does, the basics behind it are rarely covered. It’s probably because everyone thinks it’s a no-brainer.
Have you seen a tutorial lately on how to part your hair? Not likely. However, do you know someone who can’t place a straight part in their head to save their life? Highly likely. You may even be that someone.
Just because something has been around forever, it doesn’t automatically mean that everyone has mastered it. Even professionals practice the fundamentals. It shouldn’t be any different for other things, like hair care.
Knowing why something is done is also a great reason to revisit a staple. Often we may be familiar with a technique and even know how to do it, but the why gets lost in the proverbial shuffle when it comes to things we consider basic or standard.
With that in mind, the basics behind bunning hair is a good place for us to look into some of the whys behind a standard hairstyle that became a staple for so many.
My first introduction to buns came when I was obsessed with retaining length. There were countless video tutorials and blog posts on the benefits of bunning hair as a way to reach a desired length goal. On top of the tutorials that explained the benefits, the videos showing women doing the infamous bun drop would leave me drooling and longing for the same head of healthy hair I saw on my screen.
This left me in the place of knowing how, but not why. I quickly learned how to bun my hair and it became something I did quite often. It’s extremely easy and it does, indeed, work.
The one thing I never cared to learn was why bunning was good for my hair. Honestly, I didn’t care. My hair was growing and it was healthy. Those were the only check marks I needed for me to get on board and stay there. Later, I did look into the why and here is what I came up with.
Protecting the ends of your hair is essential for length retention.
Maintaining moisture throughout the day is a key factor in length retention.
Little to low manipulation cuts down on breakage and damage to the hair.
Low to no tension on the strands and edges of the hair make for a perfect environment for hair to thrive.
Wearable styles that offer all of the above are few and far between.
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