One of my favorites is the braid “garland”. You just take a small chunk of hair near your forehead at the right side of your part and braid. Make sure you hold the braid in the direction you are going (behind your head) instead of braiding straight down – otherwise it will look weird. Do the same with the other side. Pin behind your head with bobby pins – I use four, one for each strand, and then an “X” where the two come together.
|From the front|
|From the back|
You can also just grab that same chunk of hair and twist and then pin back – and you can do that on both sides or just one side.
Since my hair is required to be up for holiday dinner (a fancy choir event), I got a lot of time to experiment with buns. My favorite bun is a bit hard to see in the picture, but it is my favorite way to wear a bun. You just put your hair in a pony tail, and then wrap the pony tail around itself, and secure with another ponytail. You can do this to the side a bit if you want as well. To give it a younger feel (instead of old-lady bun) you can add a flower clip to it.
The second way to make a bun is to first put it into a pony tail, but when pulling it through the last time, leave it in a loop. Then, pin down sections of it to create a donut-type shape. Wrap any extra strands around the base of the bun.
The last way I know how to make a bun is to put your hair into a ponytail, and then grab the end of the ponytail and twist until it twists upon itself multiple times. Then use another ponytail holder to secure this to your head. You may also need bobby pins.