How to: use a hair doughnut (long, thick hair)

Saturday, April 12, 2014
I was kindly sent a few hair accessories (that I chose) from Xtras last week and I have been playing around with them - honesty as always, for more information on my disclaimer, click here. One item I chose is a hair doughnut, I have wanted to try them for a while and here is what I came up with - it is not easy!
Apologies for the poor photo quality 
I have the *Xtras Hair Doughnut (brown, 100mm, £1.99). The colour does match my own hair colour quite well and it is super cheap! Also you can buy from the Xtras website. Firstly, my hair is quite long and thick so it is difficult to tie up anyway and this was a bit difficult for me to do but I think I have the hang of it now. 

Step 1: Brush your hair well, making sure there are no knots/tangles and tie up in a high ponytail - tie it tight!

Step 2: Place the hair doughnut/ring around your ponytail and get a few hair coloured bobbles

Step 3: Tip your head forward and fan the hair over the hair doughnut/bun so the hair covers it all. Then place a bobble/hair tie around that bun with the hair covering it. 

Step 4: You will have excess hair especially if your hair is as long as mine is - bring the excess hair to the base of the bun and split it into two sections. With the first section wrap it around the base of the bun and then use another bobble or hair pins to secure it.

Step 5: Wrap the second section of hair around the bun again but in the opposite direction to cover the rest of the base of the bun.

Step 6: There you have your hair bun using the hair doughnut and four bobbles - depending on your hair length and thickness you may need more or less bobbles and pins. I used some hair spray to tame any flyaways. My hair bun turned out massive as I have a lot of hair but it stayed in well and it didn't pull on my hair. 

This is my first spring hairstyles post, there will be one other post while my hair is long. I am getting it cut into a bob in a couple of weeks time so I might have some short hairstyles posts then. 

Have you used a hair doughnut before? Do you have any tips? 


  1. This is so helpful I've been wanting to try these for ages but had no idea how to use them!
    Laura x

  2. I have really long hair and donuts don't work for me, but will try out this one..

  3. Ahh I can't wait until my hair is long again - I miss being able to use hair donuts! Great tips!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. I have actually created my own donut with a sock and have done a DIY and tutorial post on that! I personally think I don't look very good with buns using a donut; however, they're a great way to get a big bun!


  5. I love my hair doughnut at the moment as I've been trying not to straighten my hair so it's great for just shoving it up out of the way :) x

  6. You have a very lovely blog :) looks old school but oh so fresh : ) love it :) and I always loved these buns didnt know how to make a wonderful bun like yours my hair always stick out and if I had a chiffon scarf on they would stick out of that lol but will try this soon :)


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