How to Do a Bun Hairstyle

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Style your hair into a bun that works with any outfit.
Style your hair into a bun that works with any outfit. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Bun hairstyles have been a staple in ladies’ hair fashion for centuries. Women of ancient Greece favored ornately arranged bun hairstyles, which later inspired ladies of the Renaissance and Regency era. Whether you prefer an ornate hairstyle or a simple one, buns are a versatile way to meet your fashion needs. They can be casual and messy or neat and conservative. Whip your hair into a bun for a hairstyle that goes with any look.

Things You'll Need

  • Straightening gel
  • Comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Paddle brush
  • Elastic band
  • Headbands
  • Aerosol hairspray
  • Control gel
  • Bobby pins

Loose Bun

Wash and towel-dry your hair. Apply a nickel-size amount of straightening gel to the damp hair. Comb your hair to work the gel through it.

Blow-dry your hair in small sections, using your dryer's medium heat setting. Use a paddle brush to smooth your hair as it is drying.

Comb your hair into a loose ponytail at your crown, and secure it with an elastic band.

Wrap and twist your hair into a loose, messy bun. Tuck the loose ends of the bun under the elastic band to secure. Run your fingers through the front of your hair to loosen the hair from the elastic band, without pulling hair out of the band.

Add a headband, pushed approximately 2 inches from your hairline, to keep loose hairs out of your eyes. Place a second headband approximately 3 inches behind the first. Spray your hair lightly with aerosol hair spray to keep everything in place.

Ballet Bun

Wash and towel-dry your hair. Apply a nickel-size amount of control gel to the damp hair. Comb your hair to work the gel through it.

Blow-dry your hair in small sections, using medium heat setting. Use a paddle brush to smooth your hair as it dries. Lightly apply hair spray.

Brush your hair into a tight ponytail at your crown and secure with an elastic band.

Twist the ponytail until it resembles a tight rope. Wrap the twisted ponytail around the elastic band.

Secure the coiled bun with bobby pins at the base of the bun, closest to the elastic band. Spray the bun with hair spray and check for any loose spots. Add bobby pins to any areas that feel loose.

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