There’s No Wrong Way To Wear This Celebrity-Favorite Updo

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Eva Longoria messy bun at Jacquemus Fashion Show

It’s a debate old as time: when it comes to a major party or event, do you go for hair up or hair down? Sure, there’s something to be said for a sleek center part or a bouncy blowout, but if you’ve been leaning towards the hair-down camp, one look at Hollywood’s favorite updo might just have you switching sides. Bun hairstyles of every type are enjoying a serious moment, likely thanks to their classic shapes but endless versatility. Few looks are this customizable, which means a stylish star can wear a month’s worth of red carpet buns and still manage to look totally different and distinct each time.

Despite their aesthetic differences, buns are suited for all sorts of styles. There’s the tried-and-true method of mixing edgier hair with a more polished ensemble (and vise versa) to allow for attention-grabbing contrast, like Kristen Stewart’s headline-making bow-bun aptly demonstrates. Then, of course, you can align the vibes — Tessa Thompson’s sculpted, romantic bun, for example, is a perfect match for her storybook gown — to emphasize them even further.Af

Regardless of what sort of bun you go for, there’s no denying the style’s timeless appeal. Get inspired for your next updo with helpful demonstration by your favorite celebrities.

Tessa Thompson’s Retro Bun

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For an award show, Thompson looked so regal in dramatic, Cinderella-esque ball gown with matching patent leather evening glove and a full, sculpted bun anchored by a glossy side part. The effect is one-part fairytale and one-part Audrey Hepburn, the latter of which was acknowledged by hairstylist Lacy Redway as one of the look’s references.

Eva Longoria’s Messy Ballerina Bun

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Perfectly on-theme for a Jacquemus show full of ballet-inspired garments, Longoria’s strategically messy bun feels like a classic ballerina updo with some fashionable deconstruction. Notably, the bun’s high positioning keeps it feeling so polished still.

Kerry Washington’s Half-Up Bun


Washington often does a half-up moment for the red carpet, photoshoots, and chill days at home, but this bun version is among her best. The wrapped nature of the bun itself feels so elevated, but her free-flowing, blonde-streaked braids adds some casual glamour.

Selena Gomez’s Italian-Inspired Bun

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Gomez trotted out a series of themed hairstyles for a Rare Beauty trip to Europe, and her Italian stop was next-level. For the occasion, Gomez had her long, highlighted hair pulled back into a sleek bun with a wreath of curls spread out above and below. The effect is more than a little La Dolce Vita — exactly how she planned it.

Taylor Swift’s Low Cottagecore Buns

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To complement the homespun aesthetic of Folklore, Swift showed up at the 2021 Grammys with two low, braided buns that echoed the pair she wore in the album photoshoot. Upon closer inspection, the buns are actually two-strand twists gathered up and looped around for an appropriately DIY feel.

Gemma Chan’s Bun With Bangs

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Clip-in bangs are having a serious moment in Hollywood, and Chan’s incredible updo from Cannes is all the endorsement the trend needs. Paired with her elegant, mid-height bun, it adds an extra element to her entire look.

Lizzo’s Sculptural Bun

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Buns aren’t just for the demure. Their versatile nature means they can make a serious structural statement, as evidenced by Lizzo’s towering version. Vertically positioned and framed by curly tendrils, it’s both dramatic and darling.

Hailey Bieber’s Slicked Bun


Bieber helped popularize the 2020s edition of a classic slicked bun, but she’s been experimenting with accessories and hair parts for the better part of a year. For a Tiffany & Co. celebration, she went for a dramatic diagonal part and a tiny black hair bow wrapped around the bun.

Kristen Stewart’s Bow Bun

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For her artfully-mussed bow bun, Stewart turned to her longtime hairstylist, Adir Abergel, who has masterminded all of star’s buzzed-about hair moments of the year — remember that Met Gala pin-up ponytail?

Yara Shahidi’s Space Buns

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The only thing better than one bun? A perfect-shaped pair of ‘em. Shahidi’s playful space buns are trendy and still so sleek. With her collared dress shirt, the buns add some youthful flair.

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