As [it does] THEY DO every single day, TikTok users have come up with yet another beauty meme to keep us entertained for weeks to come. This time, it’s in the form of a hair challenge that’s downright hypnotizing to watch. Filmed from behind, people with really long hair are attempting to do updos with nothing but a single pencil. The challenge is based on a fan-favorite scene from the Spanish Netflix series Money Heist, but it’s become so popular that people who’ve never even seen the show just have to get in on the action.
Of course, you don’t absolutely need a pencil to copy this challenge at home. Some TikTok users have resorted to chopsticks, hairpins, and even porcupine quills to create their own versions of the pencil bun. Below, see our favorite takes on the meme before you get to practice it yourself.
User @naturaldeodorant proves that doing this meme on wet hair and letting it dry is actually a great way to get heatless curls.
Naturally, this meme has made way for countless dating jokes like this one. If you’re that person in your friend group who’s supernaturally good at finding people’s crushes online, you’ll get a chuckle out of this clip from @zara.howey.
User @lictroconis brings extra hacker flair to her Money Heist bun challenge with the addition of sunglasses and a laptop.
Even though @annabelrkk admittedly doesn’t watch Money Heist, she just had to do her own version of the meme with her porcupine quill.
Buns aren’t the only hairstyle you can achieve with a pencil or pin — @nattaylorrrr’s take on the Money Heist challenge is a cute side ponytail.
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