An Abundance of Buns

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An Abundance of Buns
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Say "sayonara" to your standard ponytail and embrace a hair style that's just as easy, but makes a far bigger impact: the bun. Buns can add volume to thin hair, reduce the weightiness of thick hair, embrace modernity or nod to times gone by. The best part about buns? You don't have to be a schooled hair stylist to achieve a gorgeous finished product. Anyone with enough hair--and a hair brush, of course--can master the art of buns.

Sock Bun
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Sock Bun

Sock buns, worn here by actress Reese Witherspoon, are as sophisticated as they are simple and add mega volume without much product. "For this look, brush your hair, smooth it into a high ponytail, and secure it with an elastic," advises Philip B., hair stylist and founder of Philip B. Botanical Products. Next, create a "donut" with a sock by cutting the toes off and rolling the sock into itself. Continue rolling the sock into itself until it looks like a round donut, then slide the sock halfway up the ponytail. "Wrap the ends of your hair around the sides of the donut, roll the donut up toward the base of your ponytail and use a few bobby pins to lock it in place."

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Bejeweled Bun
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Bejeweled Bun

To instantly glam up your hair, add a sparkling something to a pretty bun like Louise Roe does here. Philip B. says to curl hair, make a low side part and gently brush hair out to create a soft wave. "Anchor your hair in a ponytail just behind your ear and loop the ends of the pony around, twisting as you go, to create a soft bun with a slightly retro feel. A swirly rhinestone clip adds the perfect amount of femininity and polish."

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Braided Bun
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Braided Bun

Braids often yield a romantic vibe, as demonstrated by Berenice Bejo. To create this look, make a low part and French braid your hair on each side. "Fasten the two braids at the nape of your neck with a hair elastic and leave the ends hanging," explains Philip B. "Brush out your ponytail, tie it in a knot and pin it in place."

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Bun and Bangs
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Bun and Bangs

Nicole Richie's top knot bun paired with eye-dusting fringe can go both formal and casual. After brushing hair smooth and securing a high ponytail, Philip B. says to twist the ponytail around the elastic and pin it in place. "The effect should be a little haphazard, so don't worry about trying to make it look perfect," he says. Use a blow dryer to give your bangs a slight bend at the ends and apply a serum to keep them shiny and smooth.

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Voluminous Bun with Headband
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Voluminous Bun with Headband

"Great for evening, this is an elegant, dramatic look that's still sexy," says Philip B. To achieve maximum volume a la Marion Cotillard, you'll need a large hair donut or bun form. Start by securing hair into a ponytail and then place the hair form on top. Next, fan the hair out, wrapping it around the hair form, and pin it in place with as many bobby pins as necessary. "To finish the look, add a sparkly headband and mist on some spray shine for extra glossiness."

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High, Messy Bun
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High, Messy Bun

"I love the juxtaposition of a messy updo with lots of height and fullness," noted Philip B. To achieve Gemma Arterton's loose and effortless bun, use hot rollers to create a romantic, wavy texture. "Sweep the hair up, twist it into a soft bun, and anchor it with hair pins. Let a few pieces hang loose and finish with spray shine."

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Low, Effortless Bun
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Low, Effortless Bun

Kate Beckinsale's de-constructed updo is messy, flirty and sensual. To create a similar texture, use a beach spray and tousle. Then, back comb a few tiny sections to amp of the volume. Next, Philip B. says to "pull your hair back with your fingers, fasten it in a low ponytail and then twist up large, random sections of the ponytail and pin them in place." To accentuate your cheekbones, let a few random pieces hang loose around your face.

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Sleek Top Bun
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Sleek Top Bun

Christina Milian looks elegant and refined in this super sleek topknot bun. To keep the look as smooth as hers, straighten hair first. Next, smooth hair into a high, tight ponytail and wrap the ends around a hair donut. "Pin everything securely and to keep the effect glossy and frizz-free, blend a drop of shine serum between your palms and smooth it over the surface," advises Philip B.

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Carefree, High Bun
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Carefree, High Bun

Vanessa Hudgens looks fresh and fabulous in this Pebbles Flintstone-inspired updo. To create the same style, Philip B. says to flip your head upside down, brush out hair and fasten it into a high (but not too tight) ponytail. "Wind the ends around the base of the pony and pin them in place," he said. "To soften the effect, let a few pieces fall around your face."

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Tiny Bun for Short Hair
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Tiny Bun for Short Hair

Even women with hair as short as Eva Amurri Martino's can rock a bun. Begin by teasing small sections of hair to create volume, suggests Philip B. "Fasten your hair into a low ponytail and pin the ends in place." Follow up with a flexible hold hairspray.

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Tousled Side Bun
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Tousled Side Bun

Romance meets freshness with this tousled side bun, worn here by Carrie-Ann Inaba. To create the same look, work a volumizing product through your hair, sweep it into a low side ponytail and anchor it around the nape of your neck. "Loop the ponytail around the elastic so the bun really sticks out and pin it in place," suggests Philip B. "Keep the effect soft and loose with long, side-swept bangs."

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Quirky Bun
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Quirky Bun

Marsha Thomason isn't afraid to stand out in a crowd of flowing hair and you shouldn't be either. To create this "puff of smoke" type bun, smooth your hair with a flat iron and secure it in a ponytail at the top of your head. "Braid or twist the pony into the desired shape," says Philip B.

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