The bun is a style chameleon capable of looking romantic, casual, or avant garde. It’s perfect for keeping you cool, more stylish than a ponytail, and so easy that literally anyone can master the technique. Click the notes for step-by-step instructions to creating each of the looks pictured above and you’ll have a bun repertoire to envy. –– Laura Martin
High Fashion Bun: Start with clean, dry hair. Spray roots lightly with Hydro Mist and massage in a quarter of Hair Gel. Comb through with a wide tooth comp and pull into a high, tight ponytail that sits at the top of the crown. Working in 1” thick horizontal sections, tease tail using long, gentle strokes of a round paddle brush to create an airy texture. Gently smooth top surface and fold ends around the base of tail in a loop. Secure with bobby pins. Finish with Fierce.
Casual Low Bun: Starting on 1st or 2nd day, air-dried hair, part slightly off-center and shake front hairline loose. Pull all remaining hair into a moderately tight ponytail at the nape, leaving some slack over the ears. Pull a 1” section loose and wrap around base of ponytail. Fold remainder of tail up and under creating a looped shape. Pin in place, finish with Primp.
Fancy Waved Bun: Begin by curling all hair with a 1” wand, twisting hair once at roots, then wrapping to ends. Mist complete set with Holding Spray and allow to cool, then brush through gently, creating waves. Tease lightly to unify, then brush hair straight back from hairline with minimal tension, to back of head. push forward slightly, encouraging waves, then fold ends under and pin in place, creating a soft, undulating shape at the nape. Slide a headband or two into the natural valleys at the top of the head and below the crown (optional). Finish with Holding Spray.
Casual Eclectic Bun: Begin with clean, dry hair. Use fingers to pull all strands into a high ponytail, leaving natural texture visible in roots. Tease tail lightly to expand texture, adding Refinish Dry Shampoo if more grip or volume is desired. Fold ends around base, tucking tips inside to make a wide even shape. Pin 4-6 mismatched decorative clips or pins along one side. Finish with Holding Spray.
Images: HJI.co.uk, Glamor & Getty
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle