If “tuck” has you scratching your head, add to it, subcategories—which are surely being added to, even as this tutorial is being written. With the basic Tuck, all you need is a headband that wraps around the entire head, some patience, bobby pins and your hands. Once you get the basic Tuck down, you can then move on to discover the wonderful world of hair tucks that are out there, and perhaps even come up with a few of your own!
The Basic Tuck and Roll
- Starting out–Step 1. To begin this really romantic do, you’ll need that headband mentioned above. The final product will get a good deal of its ambiance from the size and style of headband you choose. You might attach an antique broach to the front of a rather nondescript headband to provide an elegant style of days gone by, or find a really cool looking headband that requires no further attention to please you. Try purchasing some faux hair or an extension that matches or blends with your hair color (or two) long enough to wind around a plain looking headband. In this hairstyle procedure, rather than wearing it in the conventional manner, you will place the headband on top of your head, pulling it down over all your hair, kind of as if it were a hat.
- Step 2: Now, gather all the ends of your hair at the back, and gather them all together, and tuck them into the headband from its top side. Next, begin taking all the rest of the hair (belonging to the ends you initially tucked,) and proceed to roll all of this hair into the headband, along with the ends. You will want this rolled hair to be tight, and going around the headband as you move toward the front. Don’t worry about loose or shorter hair in the front, as you will have an opportunity to roll those strands in, as you work your way around closer to the front. This style improves with at least a few unrolled, loose sexy strands, as the intent is to achieve more of a tousled look.
- Step 3: There is no step 3. You’re done! At this point, however, once you’ve mastered the basics, get creative. Here is a fun variation for you to try:
The Dutch Tuck
Flirty and romantic, this style of tuck is distinguished by a braided headband made from your natural hair, the rest of your hair is tucked in and rolled along, as detailed above. The braid can be two braids, each beginning from a middle part, a separate matching color, long extension, or one braid that begins from a deep part on one side of the hair. What is visible of the braid will indicate its proper placement, as the braid itself will form the headband. This tutorial will create a single braid for the tuck.
- Step 1: Section off an appropriate front section of your hair next to your forehead, at your hairline, that goes down to just in front of each ear. Twist this, and secure out of the way.
- Step 2: Begin your Dutch (aka French) braid with the hair directly next to the hair you sectioned off in step 1. Begin with the hair at one ear, and work your way around to the last of the rooted hair above the opposite ear, after which you will continue to braid the hair in the traditional process.
- Step 3: Cross this braid over the hair on the back section of the head, securing the end with bobby pins, right behind the opposite ear.
- Step 4: Proceed with the same tuck for the ends of unbraided hair as directed above in the basic tuck, pinning as you go.
- Step 5: Perform the rolling, tightly securing and pinning liberally to secure as you go.
- Step 6: Part the front section initially separated up front and about 3-5 inches from the part, begin rolling each side in the direction of the other hair, continuing to roll as you move back, and when you reach the larger roll, tuck these new ends into the roll to conceal, and secure with pins.