How to Make a Donut Bun for Prom and Parties

Learn how to use a hair donut to create elegant donut bun hairstyles for various occasions.

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Asian woman with a donut bun hairstyle wearing a pink blouse

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Your hair is so amazing—you can do almost anything with it! And with prom season coming up, you have the perfect excuse to try out different hairstyles. If you’re planning to put your hair in a bun, let us help you make your life easier by showing you how to use a donut bun. Ready? Here is a simple tutorial on how to make a hair bun donut hairstyle in minutes!

Easy Steps in Creating a Donut Bun


Wash your hair

Never forget the most essential step in creating beautiful hairstyles like the hair bun donut which is washing your hair and making sure it is healthy. For this hair donut hairstyle, you can wash with Dove Nourishing Secrets Hair Boost Ritual Shampoo and Dove Nourishing Secrets Hair Boost Ritual Conditioner


Asian girl is showing her shampoo for her donut bun hairstyle

Brush your hair

When your hair has dried, use a flat brush you smoothen your hair and get rid of tangles.

Donut bun: Asian girl is brushing her hair

Tie your hair

Gather your hair using a flat brush and bring them all together to one side, letting them fall over your shoulder. Then, tie your hair with an elastic band to form a low side ponytail.

Asian girl is holding out an elastic while holding her hair for her donut bun

Put the hair bun donut

Insert your side ponytail into the hair bun donut until the hair donut reaches the elastic. Secure the hair donut in place using one or two bobby pins.


Asian girl is putting her donut bun onto her hair

Hide the hair bun donut

Take a small section of your hair and wrap it around the donut. Repeat this step until all of your hair has covered the hair bun donut. Make sure to secure each section with bobby pins to keep your hair in place. 



Asian girl is hiding her hair donut with sections of her hair

Apply hairspray

Instead of directly spritzing TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray on your hair, spray it on a new toothbrush and gently brush it on your hair. This helps tame the frizz and this hair hack gives your hairstyle a smoother finish.

Asian girl is holding and showing her hairspray


That was quick! You’ve now created a round side bun using a hair donut. You can try this hairstyling technique when creating buns and updos for your prom. It will make your prom preparation smooth and easy and you’ll be done in no time.


Girl is showing off her donut bun hair with dangling earrings

Bun Hairstyles You Can Create Using a Hair Donut

1. Top Bun with Side Bangs

Asian woman with a donut bun haristyle wearing a white shirt
Maintain your bun’s round shape with the help of a hair donut. Credit: Hariono Halim

Buns and side bangs are a good combination. If you have a broad forehead, your side bangs can help make it less prominent. All you need to do is put on your prom dress and walk like a queen with this elegant ‘do.

2. Top Bun with Braid

Asian woman with a braided donut bun hairstyle wearing a yellow dress
Look elegant on your prom with a top bun with braid. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This variation to a simple donut bun hairstyle will surely make you look elegant but comfortable on your prom. With a top bun with braid, you wouldn’t feel hot and sweaty while you show off your moves on the dance floor. No more tiis-ganda! 

3. Bun with Accessories

Asian woman with a bun hairstyle with accessories wearing a white dress
A pearl hair band makes for a good accessory around your bun. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Copy this hairstyle when you want to jazz up a simple bun. And with the hair donut, your bun and the hair accessory around it will stay in place all night.

4. Neat Top Bun for Short Hair

Asian woman with a bun hairstyle wearing a white shir
Even short and medium-length hair can be styled into a bun. Credit: Hariono Halim

Got a lob or shoulder-length hair? No problem! You can still put your hair up using a hair donut. Then, complete your prom look with statement earrings and you’re ready to party!

5. Sleek Side-part Bun

Asian woman with a side bun hairstyle wearing a pink dress
A side bun looks dainty and romantic. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you don’t like a top bun, you can create an elegant and sleek side bun. It’s a classy hairstyle that suits any prom dress style—whether it’s knee-length, floor-length, with sleeves, or off-shoulder!

Now that you know how to make a donut bun, you can have the time of your life in style with an elegant updo. And of course, even after your prom has ended, you can use this hairstyling technique whenever you want to put your hair up. Have fun!

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