Hair buns have been a classic and timeless hairstyle for women for many years. A hair bun consists of a circular coil wrapped around itself. It can be plaited or twisted depending on your preferences. Hair buns are often put on the nape, back of the head or at the top. This type of hairstyle ranges from chic and romantic to casual and flirty. It provides a versatile look perfect for work, prom, gym or bridal parties. Hair buns can be paired with different hair accessories to create a more refreshing finish. Below are 35 inspirational ideas for hair buns.
# 1 Creative Bun for Wavy Hair
Give your locks some texture and use a flat iron to style your hair into long, flawless waves. Pull it back starting from the front. Ensure to leave a few loose strands at the front for a flirty look. Draw the locks to the center of the back of the head to create a professional look. Using a ribbon, secure the locks at the base to create a wavy ponytail. Wrap the ponytail into a loose spiral and secure with bobby pins for a cool wavy finish.
This style works great for those with long hair. Give the locks a dark brown tone staring from the roots. About 2 inches out, add balayage highlights of blonde to create a nice balayage ombre. Give the hair a center part letting it fall naturally to the sides. Wrap the locks around a flat iron starting from the base up to the chin level to create a wavy look. Pull up the hair at the back to the center of the back of the head to create a ponytail. Wrap the ponytail into a bun and use the ends to secure it for a classic finish.
# 3 Messy Silhouette Bun
Prep your hair by brushing it. Pull it to the top of the head starting from the front. Ensure to leave some loose strands at the sides and below the nape. Style the pulled up locks into a ponytail and wrap around at the base to create a high bun. Secure with bobby pins and let the loose end slip out. Pull out some strands to create a messy yet cool finish.
# 4 Pigtail Buns
Brush your brunette hair and color it blonde at the bottom to create a cool ombre. Part the hair at the center using a comb. Pull the two sections to create two ponytails that sit high on each side. Hold the ponytail at the base and wrap around into a spiral. Tuck the end underneath the bun and secure with bobby pins. The result is a super sweet flawless look.
# 5 Rolled-Up Low Bun with Braids
Brush your hair to remove any tangles and knots. Style it into light, loose waves. Pull the locks back starting from the front to create a low bouffant at the crown. Leave a few loose strands to hang down from the temple. Separate the sides and the top into three sections. Braid the sectioned sides and merge them at the nape. Braid the top halfway down to merge with the braided sides. Roll up the loose end, tuck it into the braid and secure with pins to create a low rolled-up bun.
# 6 Multi-Braided Bridal Bun
This style is suitable for medium or long locks. Give the hair a dark brown tone and create a center part. Starting from the front, braid the sides along the midsection and ensure to leave the top front loose. Pin the braided sides at the nape and use the extra length to create a braided ponytail at the center of the back of the head. Wrap the ponytail at the base to form a braided bun. Pull the loose front back and secure it to the bun using pins. Add a bridal hair clip, and you’re good to go.
# 7 Bantu Knot Buns
This is a hairstyle that works great on short to medium locks. Start by texturing your dark brown hair. Create a comb part at the front to leave loose textured strands along the edges of the forehead and temple. Pull up the top into a ponytail and twist it in one direction. Secure at the base and start wrapping the ponytail around the lower length. Tuck the end and secure with pins to create a twisted bun. Repeat the process at the sides and back to create multiple buns.
# 8 Flower Accented Low Braided Bun
Brush your blonde hair and curl it at the ends. Give it a center part and part each side into three sections. Style that parted sections into a three-strand braid leaving it loose at the curled end. Pull back the rest of the locks so that the braided sides wrap around it. Clip the braids at the point where they meet and wrap the extra length at the base to create a low, curly bun. Add some flower accessories to create a perfect bridal hairdo.
# 9 Three-Strand Braided Top Bun
Add balayage highlights of blonde to your dark brown locks. Brush and pull the hair back to create a ponytail at the top. Leave some loose strands to hang down from the temple. Secure the base of the ponytail and section it into three parts. Weave the three parts together to form a three-strand braid. Wrap the braided ponytail into a spiral around the base. Tuck the ends and secure with pins to create a cute, sweet finish.
# 10 Double Side Buns with Bangs
Prep your long hair to get that sleek look. Dye it in a vibrant pink color. Create a “V” part line that separates the front from the rest of the locks. Flip the sectioned hair forward to overlap the forehead. Chop it at the eye level to create a flirty, side swept bang. Ensure to leave longer loose strand at the sides for a more dramatic look. Create a center part line at the top and grab the locks to create two ponytails at the sides. Secure the sleek ponytails and wrap then around the base to create pigtail buns.
# 11 Simple Twisted Low Bun
Color the top layers of your dark brown hair into rustic blonde tone. Brush and pull it back leaving some loose face-framing strands at the front. Secure the hair into a low ponytail. Part the ponytail into different sections, intertwine them and secure with pins to create a low bun.
# 12 Messy Highlighted Hair Bun
Style your dark brown hair into light waves and give it a blonde highlight at the top layers. Pull the sides back and let the top slip through. Merge the hair into a messy ponytail. Secure it and wrap around the base to create a loose, messy bun that sits low at the nape.
# 13 Classy Rolled-Up Bun
Introduce some golden streaks into your dark hair to create some glow. Style the hair into light waves and pull it back into a ponytail at the nape. Leave some loose strands to create a cool, messy look. Starting from the end, roll up the ponytail towards the nape. Secure it with lemniscate hair pins to create a low rolled-up bun.
# 14 Top Knot
This style suits girls with long straight locks. To achieve it, highlight your brunette hair in platinum blonde leaving the dark roots. Brush the hair and pull it up into a ponytail positioned at the center of the back of the head. Secure the ponytail and start wrapping it on itself around the base. Finish by tying it into a knot to create a traditional aura fit for the weekend parties.
# 15 Bun Vibes
Highlight your brunette locks in blonde and ensure to retain the dark shade on the layers underneath. Pull it back starting from the front and hold it into a ponytail at the nape. Secure the ponytail using the length at the ends. Hold the loose pieces together with pins to create a messy yet cool low bun.
# 16 Sky High Bun with Braids
Add a silvery tone to the bottom half of your brunette locks to create a classic ombre. Weave the dark part of the hair into cornrows starting from the back to the front. Merge the braids at the front and use the loose silvery part to create a ponytail. Secure it at the base and start wrapping around itself and use pins to secure the pieces together. Pull out some loose strands to create a messy, silvery bun that sits high on the head. Finish by adding gypsy gold plated rings on the braided part.
# 17 Top Bun with Floral Crown
This style is suitable for those with long and dark Indian, Asian or just thick brunette locks. Start by prepping the locks and then pull them back beginning from the front. Hold it into a ponytail positioned at the crown. Secure the ponytail and wrap around the base to create a doughnut bun. Tuck the end underneath and secure with pins. Wrap a floral crown around the base of the bun to create that sweet, fresh finish.
# 18 Jewel Accented Triple Buns
Tone your locks to achieve that freckled look. Pull back the top starting from the front and leave long flyaways at the edges of the forehead for that flirty look. Hold the pulled back hair into a ponytail positioned at the top. Secure the base and wrap around to create a high bun that is held together with pins. Add jewel accents at the base. Next, pull back the sides and hold them into two ponytails just above the nape. Wrap them into loose buns that sag down to create a chic finish.
# 19 Sky High Top Knot
Pull up your brunette hair allowing shorter loose strands to slip through for a messy look. Hold the hair into a ponytail positioned at the crown. Secure the base and twist the ponytail in one direction. Pull it up and fold down a few inches up. Tuck the extra length and use the ends to secure the base.
# 20 Sleek Ginger Bun
Go for ginger hair color and add some texture to it. Pull it into a slick back. Hold the hair into a ponytail positioned at the center of the back of the head. Make sure to secure the base and then start wrapping the ponytail into a ring. Tuck the end and secure with pins to create a cool, low ginger bun.
# 21 Classic Side Bun
Rock the world of hair buns with a classic side bun. To achieve that, give your blonde hair a side part. Brush it to create that sleek, smooth look. Pull back the two sections and hold them into a ponytail. Position to ponytail on one side. After securing the base, wrap it round and finish by securing the loose ends with pins. What you get is a style that adds a retro elegance to your look.
# 22 Funky Top Knot
Give your dark brown hair some glow with blonde highlights. Leave that shadow look at the roots and pull the hair up. Hold it into a ponytail positioned at the top of the head. Secured the base with a hair ribbon and wrap the ponytail around. Finish by tucking the ends underneath the bun to create a funky yet cool street style bun.
# 23 Braided Ballerina Bun
Brush your blonde hair to remove any tangles. In case it’s frizzy, mist with water to slightly dampen it. Comb the hair back into a ponytail positioned near the top of the head. Ensure the hair is totally smooth before adding an elastic band to secure the base of the ponytail. Add another elastic band mid-length. Part the bottom half of the ponytail into three sections and weave them into a tight, three-strand braid. Tightly wrap the ponytail into a spiral around the base. Secure it with pins when you reach the braided part. Use the braided section to wrap around the base of the bun. Add hairspray and smooth out all strands.
# 24 Glitter Pigtail Buns
Dye your blonde hair in a vibrant purple at the base. Add balayage yellow tone at the ends. Style your hair into different alternating sections. Pull up the hair into two ponytails positioned at the sides. Secure the ponytails and fold them down about 2 inches up. Use the extra length to wrap around the base. Add some hair glitters for that sassy hairstyle.
# 25 Silver Braided Space Buns
Go for a dark to silver ombre. Brush the hair and part it at the center to create two equal sections on each side. Braid the hair starting from the back towards the front. Grab the extra unbraided length into ponytails once you reach the top of each side. Tie the base and wrap around. When you reach the ends, tuck underneath and secure with pins to create silvery space buns.
# 26 Textured Messy Bun
Go for a dark to brown ombre. Add a little texture to the hair and pull it back letting some loose strands to slip through. Hold the hair into a ponytail positioned at the crown. Secure the base with an elastic band and wrap the ponytail around in a circle. When you get to the end, tuck it underneath and hold with pins to create a messy yet chic hairstyle.
# 27 Voluptuous Silvery Bun
Add a platinum blonde tone to the ends of your blonde hair to create a soft ombre. Starting from the front, pull the hair back allowing loose strands to stray away. Hold the locks into a ponytail and position it at the crown. Make sure to secure the base before wrapping it around in a circular manner. Tuck the ends and secure with pins for that sparkling silvery bun.
# 28 Twisted Messy Bun
Comb back your blonde locks and hold them into a ponytail just below the crown. Twist the ponytail in one direction and tie the base. Start wrapping it around the base to create a big twisted bun. Tuck the ends underneath and use bobby pins to secure it. Clip a bun cage jewelry and pull out loose strand to create a messy finish.
# 29 Glossy Top Bun with Bangs
Texture your gingery locks and add some spray to achieve that smooth and glossy look. Pull up the locks and hold them into a smooth long ponytail at the crown. Secure the base and wrap around. When you reach the mid length of the ponytail, secure with a clip. Spread the remaining length towards the front and to the sides to double as flirty bangs. Style the ends into curvy waves for a sweet, chic finish.
# 30 Big Braided Bun
This style requires lots of length and volume. Color the bottom half of your brunette locks in ash blonde. Comb it and pull it up into an extra-long ponytail positioned at the crown. Secure the base of the ponytail. Add an elastic band at the mid length of the ponytail. Part the end into three parts and weave them into a three-strand braid. Wrap the unbraided length around the base. Secure with pins when you reach the braided section. Use the braided length to crown the base of the bun. Add a jewelry clip to create some sparkle.
# 31 Floral Accented Bun with Side Braids
Rachel McAdams goes classic in the world of hair buns. She divides her blonde locks into two braided sections that run diagonally from the top to the sides. She leaves some loose face-framing pieces and pulls back the rest of the locks into a ponytail positioned at the nape. She wraps it around the base to create a low messy bun using the two braids to tie around the bun. She finishes with red floral accents to upgrade her look.
# 32 Messy Bun for Short Hair
Emma Watson goes simple in the world of hair buns. She gives her locks a side comb part that stretches about two inches. She then pulls back her hair and holds it into a short ponytail at the crown. She secures the base and uses the short length to wrap around. She tucks the end and holds it with pins. The celeb finishes by pulling off some loose strands for that flirty finish.
# 33 Low Bun with Wavy Side Swept Bangs
Kate Winslet goes a little bit more creative in hair buns. She styles her short blonde hair into contoured waves and teases the front to create flirty side swept bangs. She pulls back the rest of the locks into a low ponytail. She wraps it around the base and secures the end with pins to create a low messy bun.
# 34 Chignon Twisted Side Bun
Nicole Kidman sports long golden blonde hair that is brushed to make it sleek. She makes a side part in the hair and pulls the two sections back into a ponytail. She then flips the ponytail to one side, secures the base and styles it into a twisted chignon. She leaves the end loose to create a messy finish.
# 35 Low Messy Bun with Braided Sides
Kate Middleton goes cool in dark brown hair that sports blonde highlights. She makes two side parts separating the hair into three sections; top and sides. She then pulls back the top into a low ponytail and wraps it around the base to create a low bun. She parts each side into different sections and weaves them into multi-strand braids. The last step is merging the braids at the back and securing them using bobby pins.
Hair buns are some of the most popular styles of all time. There are many different types to choose from and work great for long and medium locks. But this doesn’t mean that those with short locks can’t sport hair buns. They have the option of using hair extensions to enjoy the versatility that this style has to offer.