okay, this is going to require several posts i think, and there will be 9 images, so after 9 images you'll know i'm done and can respond if you have any questions. you'll need some styling cream and old-fashioned hair pins (not bobby pins) i wash and condition my hair and apply some leave-in conditioner and let it air dry entirely (any natural wave you can keep will help in holding the pins in). i like to wash my hair at night and then sleeping on damp or even newly-washed dry hair seems to take some of the frizz out - if you use a leave-in conditioner or styling cream, like fekkai's glossing cream. in the morning, or when hair is entirely and thoroughly dry, add a styling cream with a small amount of hold. i like fresh's Hair Cream. 1. take a small blob of hair cream and 2. really slather it on your hands so that it doesn't just clump on to sections of your hair. 3. run your hands over your hair and then through, lightly touching the top and sides, and the bulk of the hair - this will help it stay in the bun later. 4. let hair sit for a second while the cream settles.