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How to Use Wet Bunning For Length Retention

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African woman sitting in the grass Last year my number one cause of breakage may have been the typical dry ends or relentless single strand knots.

With an active 8 month old in the house this year, my main cause of breakage and hair damage are his ten little fingers yanking and pulling at my nape or any sort of ponytail or braid.

As a result, my hair has not seen the light of day especially around him and my bun is my bestie for life, or just until my son decides my hair is no longer his personal jungle gym.

Wet bunning is not a new thing for me, I practiced the style really early in my hair journey simply because it was easy and honestly I was getting the best retention at that time.

I still do it from time to time, it is great for the hot weather and Jonross (my son) is less interested in it; winning!

Wet bunning is essentially washing your hair, drying it with your t-shirt or micro fiber cloth, adding product, detangling and wrapping you hair into a bun while still damp.

The process is really very simple but if you are not careful during the detangling and bun making process you could end up losing instead of gaining length.

How To Wet Bun Your Hair

The first step to a great wet bunning routine is a good shampoo, because if you add product daily at some point the buildup will need the strong arm of some shampoo to unclog those pores and cleanse your hair.

Once your hair is clean, deep condition or just quick condition it depending on what your regimen calls for at the time. Conditioning will help with detangling and sets a great foundation for your hair in its newly moisturized state.

Depending on your hair type or if you are relaxed, pick the best detangling method for you. For example if you are 4a with very coily hair, detangling in the shower under the shower stream is probably the best option for you. If you are 3a with a loose curl pattern you might be able to get away with detangling with just leave in conditioner, it all just depends on your head of hair.

Once your hair is detangled there are four types of wet buns that you can use for maximum retention.

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Emily CottonTop

About Emily CottonTop


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Born and raised in St. Andrew Jamaica, I first moved to the United States in the year 2000 in order to find a job after college. I spent one year living in New York before moving to Texas in 2001. I went natural in 2008 after a bad perm experience and have enjoyed my hair ever since. I am still learning and I like sharing my experiences with my cottontop :)




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5 Comments

  1. 1
    Four Natural Girls says:

    Great Article! Helpful info!

  2. 3

    Emily, how long do you leave your bun in before restyling?

    • 4

      Neisha, it depends – early in my journey I would redo my bun everyday, so I would cowaah and bun daily. Now that my hair is longer if I do wet bun – I will redo it every 2-3 days. My thing is even though there are options for keeping my crown neat I like it to look fresh so with that said I do not usually go past 5 days.

      • 5

        To add to what Emily said. I think Reniece (the hairstylist) had really good length retention with wet bunning her natural hair. I think she used to do her’s weekly.

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