21 New Ways to Breathe Life Into a Basic Bun
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We get it—buns can be basic. Though they may conjure less than pleasant memories of your hair being yanked back, or can seem like a schmutever option, there’s no argument—buns are always classic and yes, they can even be edgy. TBH, buns aren’t given the versatility cred they deserve, which is why we set out to find some of the most glam, cool and unique versions of the staple style out there. This inspo is all that’s needed to erase any ballet class trauma so you can revisit your new fav, always timeless, style.
Stylist Christian Wood gets Rosie Huntington Whiteley ready for Oscar night with a classic inner twisted bun using products by Wella.
Another powerful collab between Wood and Whiteley, this hypnotic, circular bun was worn at the Met Gala.
The best way to modernize a timeless bun is by letting your hair down. Stylist Christian Wood updates Dove Cameron’s Emmy look with carefully selected face-framing pieces.
A bun is all the more regal when framed by a crown, created by one of our fave stylists, Britt Sully.
A high bun sits pretty on its own, but this wavy side bang hack will take your look to celeb levels of gorgeous, via stylist Britt Sully.
Jen Atkin slayed Em Rata’s hair for the Vanity Fair Oscars Party by lifting and pulling her tresses back instead of locking hair down to subtly build volume.
Stylist Ruslan Nureev has our (and this bun’s) attention. By securing it straight up and wrapping the strands to create texture, the high bun top knot has never been more geometric.
Stylist Ruslan Nureev creates a low bun with a bonus wet look on IG qween Olivia Culpo during NYFW, proving a bun done right really is the most fashionable option, ever.
The Film Star
Make a diagonal part and a ton of gel your best friends, in order to stun in a no-flyaways, timeless and sleek bun like this one by stylist Kathleen Riley.
Grown Top Knot
The top knot has graduated from dorm room fave to a wear-it-anywhere style, whether on the red carpet or brunch, the higher the hair… Stylist Kathleen Riley places her bun in a not so perfect circle to emphasize texture.
Bling your bun, like this look created by stylist Jawaraw for Area at NYFW, because jewels are best when worn everywhere.
Square Peg in a Round Hole
A bun doesn’t have to be circular—playing with shape adds dimension, especially for a style this individual and intricate, created by Brian Buenaventura backstage at Cong Tri.
Supersonic Ballerina Bun
To get this blooming bun backstage at Brandon Maxwell, legendary stylist Bob Recine twisted quarter-inch sections, pinning down each coil to create a unique shape.
Laying your edges takes on a whole new meaning backstage at Burberry by stylist Guido Palau, who molds hair into sculptural spheres.
Stylist Naeemah LaFond creates a multi-layered cobra braid bun with so many moving parts, it slithers.
Curls Run the World
Don’t hide your curls behind your bun—let your ringlets create the shape of your style in a true celebration of texture, like this look courtesy of stylist Naeemah LaFond.
There is over 3 feet of hair hidden inside this trisected bun by stylist Irinel de León, because if you don’t got it, head to the local beauty supply.
Treat your bun as an extension of your fringe, overlapping layers for a piece-y feel everywhere, like stylist Irinel de León does.
Thread the Needle
The devil is in the details, especially with this intricate bun created by stylist Irinel de León for Camila Coelho. To create this unique look, pull strands of hair through the base of your bun to add depth at different levels.
Stress texture and create depth by twisting, swirling and coiling your bun.