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A really smooth and tight bun is a classic look. It’s 70s mod like Bre is beautifully channeling, 80s retro (if you dare brave a scrunchie) and millennial sleek. A look that is always a constant on runways and top models (see what we did there?). Like a pair of Levis, the bun is a classic hairstyle that is beyond ageless. The art to a smooth bun is the right rubber band and the right smoothing products. We’ve tested a lot and these are the ones that give us the most beautiful buns every time.

Lots of products will say they work on all hair textures, and that may be true, but we like to work off the best results producing products overall for our individual hair textures so we’ve separated out our favorites by the best products to smooth natural hair based on our different type of curls.

FOR WAVY HAIR

Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. Infused with natural coconut & silk extracts this salon formula will keep you and your hair thinking straight all day long.

FOR WAVY TO CURLY HAIR

Kenra Platinum Texturizing Taffy #13. Though the name includes taffy, the product is not sticky. Instead, it gives you flexible styling without stiffness and has matte finish so you don’t have to worry about greasy looking hair. Oh, and it smells amazing.

Paul Mitchell Soft Style Foaming Pomade. This lightweight texture tamer works wonders. You only need about a nickel-sized amount to smooth your hair out and shine it up.

FOR CURLY TO KINKY HAIR

Giovanni Wicked Texture The Definition of Pomade. You’ll only need a tiny bit of this pomade and it plays well with other products so don’t worry about flakes. With glycerin, castor oil and panthenol, it won’t dry your hair out.

Biosilk Molding Silk. This pomade contains pure silk fibers that attach to your hair and allow it to be molded into any shape or style.

Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade. This pomade is lightweight and non greasy and gives you plenty of hold so you can work your hair into any style. Use it on wet or dry hair for molded, slicked, waved, sculpted, or spiked looks.

FOR ALL CURL TYPES

As I Am Smoothing Gel. Unlike the average gel, there’s no harsh ingredients to dry out, harden and roughen your hair. Instead, it’s made with choice organics to hydrate as it smoothes. Your hold will be secure, yet shiny, sleek and moisturized.

Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother. It’s a gel-wax hair pomade for smooth, flake-free hold without stickiness. Made with macadamia oil and honey extract, it’s one of our favorites for the smell, moisture sealing and flexibility it gives our hair.

Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste. A great sculpting and shine paste, you can check out our review here.

Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Control Edge Gel. Blended with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, this formula will not dry your hair out, create build up, flakes, stickiness or greasiness.

Here are a few more great frizz smoothing options to choose from.

And while you’re doing your own bun, watch Misty Copeland do both her bun she wears for rehearsal days and the one she wear for performances in under 90 seconds.

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