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October 11, 2023
Here's an easy dango hair tutorial with step-by-step photos if you need to tie your hair into dangos like Sailor Moon or Chun Li!
I came up with this tutorial when I needed to tie my hair for a Tifa Lockhart photoshoot. Most existing tutorials demonstrate how to tie dangos by teasing the hair to fluff it into a ball before tying it down. It can work, but this tutorial does not use hairspray or teasing. Instead we will be using bobby pins and bun nets, yielding a much cleaner, rounder bun seen in most video games and anime.
Will this work for layered hair?
Yes! My hair is very layered and shaggy and I was able to to tie it into neat dangos.
What materials do I need? Where do I buy bun covers?
Hairbands, bobby pins, and small hair bun covers. I found bun covers at Daiso, they call them "chignon" nets but I think bun covers are the common name. If you don't have a local Daiso, search "hair bun cover" on Amazon.
You will need:
Step by step photos:
1. Part hair evenly to two sides.
2. Tie up one end into a side ponytail and secure with a hairband.
3. Use both hands, start twirling the ponytail forwards and keep twisting it into a ball. As the ponytail twists into a ball, wrap it around the base.
4. Use a bobby pin to secure the end (bumpy side of bobby pin against the head). Move across from the first bobby pin, feel where it feels most secure by holding down different parts of the bun, and insert a second one to secure the bun to the head. Make sure the bun is secured to to the head and not just holding the bun shape! Usually I find two bobby pins are enough to hold the bun in place, but use more if you feel the bun needs it.
5. Wrap the hair net over your fingers. Carefully enclose the hair net over the bun, and tuck in any stray hairs. Adjust the bun as needed. Add a bow for flair!
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