Hot Crossed Bun Hairdo

0 Posted by - April 12, 2013 - Hair & Beauty

I finally found a hairdo that works on short hair. Look look! Her hair is shorter than mine!

I’ll prove it. Here’s mine:


I began by making a bun.


And then I sat there and tried to remember how to do a reverse French braid for like a really long time. I used to make French braids on myself regularly. Like, I would do them while walking to class. I was good.

But apparently now that I am old, my hand-eye coordination is not what it once was. Because I sat there and twisted random pieces of hair around each other to no avail for a really long time. I finally managed to trick myself into doing a regular French braid by not looking in the mirror while doing it.

I still never re-learned the reverse French braid thing, which I was never that good at anyway, even at the height of my braiding fitness.

It did not go well.


Abusing the other side of my head in the same manner did not produce results that were any more appealing.


(I think this face could possibly be the next Grumpy Cat style meme.)


Really, the back didn’t look significantly better.

So, sigh, another hair fail. I think the only ones of these I ever do alright at are the ones that I make up myself.



  • ChickieD April 12, 2013 - 2:47 pm Reply

    Maybe you need some hair gel? I saw Something About Mary and they had a good hair product in there.

  • Hotpasta April 12, 2013 - 3:34 pm Reply

    1) What pretty eyes you have! (Which makes me sound like a psycho stalker or someone out of Little Red Riding Hood)
    2) Something about the hair style (as pinned) is very Hipster Heidi to me. Which isn’t a compliment.

  • Sunrea Linnae Clayborn April 12, 2013 - 4:09 pm Reply

    I think you did pretty good, all things considered. I still don’t know how to do a regular french braid properly, though I can managed a semi-passable one given copious amounts of time to do it.

    On a side note, these fancy braid hairstyles always look better on blondes anyways. I’m a brunette and, even if I totally nail a pinterest hairstyle, it still doesn’t manage to look as good as the one in the picture. The hair in the picture is ALWAYS blonde. With my dark brown hair you just can’t see my hour’s worth of work like you could if I was blonde. Poo.

    • Michelle April 12, 2013 - 4:42 pm Reply

      That is so unfortunately true…. I get on a braiding kick like once every two months and forget even it optimal conditions it’s going to look like, well, nothing special

  • Kathleen April 12, 2013 - 4:34 pm Reply

    My hair looks to be about the same length as yours. I’ve given up on Pinterest hair pins. I am uncoordinated and apparently lazy. I’ll stick with my hair clip or a pony tail. Neither a really good look for a mature woman. But here is where the laziness comes into play.

  • Ethne @ April 12, 2013 - 4:53 pm Reply

    ‘height of my braiding fitness’ You’re too clever, Pintester. Sunrea is right that the Pinterest styles are often modeled on blondes, but trust me, I’m blonde and when I try them, they look equally atrocious on me. And I, too, could braid while walking [in college]. Pinterest lies.

    • Katherine Horejsi April 12, 2013 - 5:55 pm Reply

      Now there’s the t-shirt of the week: Pinterest Lies. I’d wear it! 😉

  • Melis April 12, 2013 - 5:01 pm Reply

    it doesn’t look all that bad! I find it harder to reverse french braid my own hair then the regular way… and maybe she used one of those mesh donut bun things? I say play with it and do it a few more times and see if you can nail it.

    and, just as an aside, I hate the tutorials that only show one angle of a style, and you don’t see how it looks like from, say– the side, the front, or anything. kinda like the clothing models who pose in pretzel configurations, because that’s how the outfit best looks (and would be really crappy-looking it was on someone standing normally).

  • EmmaBeEmma April 12, 2013 - 11:46 pm Reply

    Your scoffing eyebrow is so very, very judgy (in a good way). I should affix that photo to my laptop, to discourage me in case I start feeling Pintestesq.

  • Kristen Morris April 13, 2013 - 8:04 am Reply

    In a reverse french braid everything goes under. With the starting braid..braid the three pieces under eachother not over… takes a few to train your hands tho.

  • Megan DeForest April 13, 2013 - 9:49 am Reply

    The reverse French braid is also called a Dutch braid, all you do is cross the strands under the middle strand instead of over. Just learned to do that one myself.

  • kellcah16 April 13, 2013 - 11:26 am Reply

    Doesn’t look so bad to me.

  • Carlye Shaw April 14, 2013 - 12:48 am Reply

    Why would you need to curl your hair if you’re just going to put it up? that’s silly.

    • Carlye Shaw April 14, 2013 - 12:49 am Reply

      and by you I mean the hair tutorial, not you Sonja.

    • Andrea Fouste April 19, 2013 - 8:44 pm Reply

      Because it can add body/volume. I think it’s dumb too.

  • Joy Lu Vasquez April 15, 2013 - 12:39 pm Reply

    at the sake of making myself look like a fool…. what is a reverse french braid? is that like reverse cowgirl? because it sounds like it could be

  • Sarah McMullin April 16, 2013 - 6:40 pm Reply

    I think it’s not bad, actually! Considering I always do “long straight and ironed to hell and back” or “messy bun,” anything more complicated than that is worthy a Royal Family Wedding to me.

  • Supertiff April 17, 2013 - 10:38 pm Reply

    Um, did you see that crazy ass girl? Did you? She curled her hair! Before she bunned and braided it! Curled people. She has way, way too much time on her hands.

  • Ashley April 25, 2013 - 4:25 pm Reply

    I’ve got longer hair and it didn’t work on me either. I couldn’t figure out where to start the braid and how thick it should be.

  • Arina Levinschi June 17, 2013 - 6:51 am Reply

    I love this hairdo! I leave just a bit of hair in front (like for a generous fringe) which I part unevenly and braid regular braids, and I don’t pull them wider. I don’t know if you can get them long enough with your short hair, but it’s worth a try? Also use a lot of pins (I need like 20). My hair is actually too long for this, so I have the opposite problem of tucking in the ends after I wrap them twice around the bun.

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