As updos go, buns are always a firm favorite with, well, just about everybody. When you have long hair, there isn't really a better way to put it up than a bun, with the exception of the humble ponytail, but that' about it. From topknots to romantic braided donuts, there are so many ways to style a bun, it's impossible to get bored with this look! Check out some of the best buns we know in the list below.
1. Sleek, low knot
When practicality is key, a tight, low knot is the perfect way to keep both long and medium-length hair under control. With a sleek finish, this bun is polished yet understated due to its chic minimalism.
To create a glossy sheen, spritz your hair with a shine promoting finishing spray to complete the look. To tack down any flyaways, mist your hands with water, then smooth down the sides of your head.
2. Big, high bun
When you need to put your hair up, like really up, a big, high bun is a tried and true classic. As go-to hairstyles go, it's easy, it's chic, and it shows humidity who's boss! You can rock it with a bun maker or without, and it does a great job of hiding dirty roots.
When applying dry shampoo, make sure you leave it on your roots for five to ten minutes so it has enough time to do its job.
3. Messy bun
If lazy girl chic is kind of your thing, this messy bun might be right up your alley. It's sort of windswept, sort of disheveled, making it perfect for second day hair!
Apply a volumizing hairspray to the lengths of your hair, then gently backcomb to create an airy, full-bodied texture to create your bun with.
4. Eva Longoria's romantic bun
Not all red carpet beauty is polished to perfection, as proven by Eva Longoria when she rocked this gorgeous disheveled bun at the Cannes Film Festival! With loose tendrils to frame her face and a subtly mussed finish at the back, this bun was romantic and effortlessly pretty.
Add texture to your finished hairstyle by gently teasing it with an old toothbrush, or one you never actually planned to brush your teeth with. Mist the bristles with hairspray, then get texturizing!
5. Low side chignon
Understated elegance isn't nearly as difficult to achieve as it looks. All you need to do is part your hair on one side, gather your hair into a low side pony, then twist and pin it into a bun. Hey presto, you're good to go!
When parting your hair, use a tail comb for the most accurate line.
6. Classic high topknot
Out of sight, out of mind isn't always true when it comes to our hair, but throwing it all up in a classic topknot is as close as we ever seem to get to forgetting all about it! Plus, it's the perfect excuse to experiment with cute new makeup looks as there is nothing left to hide behind with this hairstyle!
Mist your completed topknot generously with hairspray to prevent any unwanted frizz and flyaways from springing up throughout the day.
7. Embellished braided bun
To give your hair some added sparkle, try weaving a chain or metallic ribbon into a braid bun! You just need to secure your hair into a pony, then attach your chosen embellishment to the hair tie before braiding it along with the rest of your tresses. When the braid is complete, tie the ends and pin the pony into a bun, then finish with hairspray.
For a sleek finish that really shows off the added detail this braided bun has to offer, straighten your hair before styling, just don't forget to use a heat protectant!
8. Low floral knot
If you want your hairstyle to get noticed, try adding a pop of color with a floral accessory. Buns make it really easy to attach all kinds of blooming ornamentation, but make sure you don't spritz a fresh flower with hairspray.
Leave some loose ends poking out of the bun to soften the overall finish.
9. Jennifer Lopez's half-up topknot
Do you love buns but also love how long and amazingly full of movement your hair is? No problem. Simply make like JLo and try a half-up topknot! It's literally the best of both worlds!
Smooth some hair oil through the lengths and ends of your hair to keep them well nourished, and to add shine.
10. French braided bun
If you're into braids, this French braided bun could be just the updo you need. It may require some practice for those of you who feel their braiding skills are a little rusty, but the super pretty results are totally worth the effort!
You can braid on only one side of your head to make it easier, or go for both to get a more symmetrical look.
11. Voluminous chignon
With a mini bun at the back, this voluminous updo is perfect for anyone who likes to cut a striking silhouette with their hair! Simply tease the hair on top into a classic pomp, then secure the lengths into a tight, low bun.
Get the most voluminous finish by applying a volume enhancing mousse to damp hair, then rough dry your mane upside down.
12. Braided bun
With cute braids along the sides leading back into a low bun, this romantic updo is as pretty as it is intricate. The texture of the bun helps to soften the overall look, but doesn't make it appear too messy.
Fake the French braids by plaiting two pieces of hair on each side of your face, then pin them flat against your head afterwards.
13. Low chignon with braids
This loose, textured chignon with adorable braided details on each side is super romantic and perfect for any brides-to-be who haven't yet chosen their hairstyle for the big day! It's also understated enough to double as the perfect wedding guest hairstyle, too!
Create some loose waves with a texturizing heat protectant and a 1" curling iron before putting your hair up to get a natural, beachy texture.
14. Wispy, windswept bun
With a delicately windswept, almost mohair-like finish, this regular bun is transformed into a subtly undone, fashion forward look. It's a little softer than a traditional bun updo, making it slightly less intimidating than tighter, sleeker looks.
To recreate the texture of this hairstyle, spritz your hair with a strong hold hairspray, then lightly run your hands back and forth over the sides and top until it's looking a little fuzzy.
15. Ombré knot
If you want to show off a multidimensional ombre hair color, a messy knot is a great style to highlight the different tones. The two major colors are separated by the bun at the back, while the loose pieces in front keep the style effortless.
Keep the knot fairly loose for a romantic, boho look.