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Second Day Hairstyle Tutorial: Bantu Bun

If you hate washing your hair everyday, here are two styles to help your hair look great the second and even third day after washing it. Here's how to do a bantu bun and bantu curl ponytail.

"Not only are these styles a little easier than they look, you really don't need very many tools or products for them. In fact, you probably have everything you need right now. Bobby pins, a brush, some hair spray, hair elastics and you're good to go," says Rachel Gower, owner of the Upper Hand Salon.

Here's how to go three days without washing your hair and look amazing the whole time!

Day One: Wear your freshly-washed hair down.

Day Two: The Bantu Bun

1. Comb through your hair and make sure there are no tangles.

2. Pull it into a low ponytail. Use a hair elastic to make sure it's secure.

3. Use a brush and product to smooth the pulled-back hair. Rachel uses Kerastase hair spray, applying it to the crown area, smoothing it with a brush, and applying a little heat with a hair dryer.

4. Next, separate your ponytail into three horizontal sections. Pull the top two sections aside and clip them out of your way.

5. Grab an even smaller section  about half an inch - from the bottom section you left out and apply a smoothing product. Rachel uses Hair Gloss by Shu Uemura.

6. Keep twisting the hair tightly all the way to the end until it starts to wind up toward the scalp.

7. Secure with a small elastic at the end and pin it close to the scalp.

8. Do the same thing to the rest of the hair in that section.

9. Then start working on your second section of hair. Keep twisting the hair until it naturally coils up against the head. Again, secure it with an elastic, then secure it with a bobby pin.

10. When that section is finished, do the same thing to the last section of your ponytail.

11. Once you finish all of the sections, spray the style with hairspray.

Day Three: Bantu Curled Ponytail

1. Sleep on the bantu bun style overnight.

2. The next morning, uncoil all of your bantu twists, leaving the hair in a low ponytail.

3. Brush or finger-comb the unraveled twists.

4. Wrap a small piece of hair around the ponytail holder to cover it.

5. Re-shape, hair spray, and scrunch your ponytail until it looks the way you want!

For more from Rachel, visit theupperhand.com.
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