When you think of a bun, you might automatically categorize it as a one-trick kind of hairstyle, but actually, there are so many different ways to style it. And no, they’re not all casual lazy-girl options that are just good for when you need to pull your hair out of your face. Whether you’re looking for a style that’s easy enough to wear to the gym or a dressy option to pair with your wedding dress (oh yeah, we went there), here are the many faces of buns. Who knew it was so versatile? We did!
Perfect for warmer days (especially when paired with a bikini and back-from-the-beach texture), the half-up bun is playful as it is feminine. To pull off the look (sans beach day), add texture using a curling wand or texturizing spray on second-day hair. Then pull up a small section of hair, wrap it in a bun and secure with bobby pins.
What's better than one bun? Two. Part hair down the middle and create two messy buns on either side of your head. For an added cool-girl touch, pull out a few pieces of face-framing tendrils.
Perfect for every hair texture, the laissez-faire updo can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion and outfit. And the best part is, the messier, the better. Loosely wrap hair into a bun and let hair fall wherever it feels natural.
We love braids. We love buns. Here, two become one. Pull hair straight back and create a loose braid. Wrap into a loose bun and pin to secure. Embellish with flowers or crystals for a special night.
Perfect for everyone from the prima ballerina (or the regular gym rat) to the girl with a hot date, the donut bun is so versatile, it looks appropriate for everything from your morning barre class to after-work drinks at the bar. Use a foam donut to create the perfect shape and keep it tidy by brushing back flyaways.
By far the most popular of the bunch, the topknot looks edgy with the right outfit and keeps hair out of your face on busy days. And the best part—it has a certain I-woke-up-like-this vibe.