20 Clever Ways to Make a Hair Bun

How to make a hair bun? Let us count the ways! Check out 16 techniques on how to nail this updo.

When you have long hair and you want to make sure it stays in place, a hair bun is one of the updos you think of. And for good reason. When your hair is up in a bun, you keep it off your face and neck. It makes you feel presko on a hot day without compromising your style. And like a ponytail, a hair bun is also a versatile hairstyle that can suit any occasion and activity.

There are many ways on how you can make a bun hairstyle, and today, we’re going to show them to you. Feel free to explore these ideas and hair tricks and find the technique that works best for you.

1. Hair Donut

Asian woman with a hair donut wearing a white shirt carrying a black leather backpack
Perfect your hair bun using a hair donut. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you’re after the perfect hair bun shape, use a hair donut. This tool makes your bun perfectly round while giving it volume. It also holds your bun tightly and keeps it in place.

Editor’s tip: If you like putting your hair in tight hairstyles like hair buns, make sure it is strong. Wash it with Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo every day. This shampoo has biotin that helps make your hair stronger as it grows and aloe vera that nourishes and promotes hair growth.

2. Sock Bun

Happy Asian woman with a hair bun wearing a pink shirt
Even an old sock can be repurposed as a hairstyling tool. Credit: Hariono Halim

Don’t have a hair donut? Use an old, clean sock as a tool. Just cut the toe part of your sock and roll the rest to make your improvised hair donut. It works just as well as a hair donut in giving your bun shape and volume.

3. Ballerina Bun

Asian woman with a ballerina bun wearing a long-sleeved shirt in a park
Look neat and stylish with a ballerina bun. Credit: Hariono Halim

You can also create a bun with just a hair tie and bobby pins. The ballerina bun is the perfect ‘do to create if you only have these tools, and the result is just as stylish. You can wear a ballerina bun for a variety of activities like doing yoga or working out.

Editor’s tip: Frequent styling can cause hair damage. Use Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner, which has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair to repair damage and nourish it from within. It leaves your hair recovered, beautiful, and resilient to future damage.

4. Bun with Hair Accessory

Asian woman with a hair bun wearing a white dress
You can match your hair accessory with your dress to create a cohesive look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Jazz up a ballerina bun by adding a ribbon or a bejeweled scrunchie around its base. Then, wear your favorite dress to complete your elegant, romantic look.

5. Messy Bun

Smiling Asian woman with a messy updo hairstyle wearing a striped shirt
Embrace the mess and rock a messy-chic bun. Credit: Hariono Halim

Messy hairstyles are all the rage because they look relaxed yet stylish at the same time. Put your hair in a messy bun when you’re having a bad hair day and look effortlessly chic!

6. Big Top Knot

Asian woman with a big top knot hairstyle wearing a green polo and white shirt outdoors
Stay chic even on weekends with a big top knot hairstyle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Look like a model-off-duty with a big top knot. Putting your hair in this type of hair bun is also a clever trick in making it look thicker.

Editor’s tip: Start with clean and fresh hair by using Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Shampoo. It has five flower essences that help make your hair five times more fragrant. It also helps make your hair smoother so you can style it more easily.

7. Top Bun for Curly Hair

Asian woman with top knot hairstyle wearing a white blouse and striped skirt
Style your curly hair this way if you want to keep all strands in place. Credit: Hariono Halim

Curly hair can be a challenge to style, but don’t worry! A top bun is an easy updo for curly hair. Just put your hair in a high ponytail, braid your hair, and wrap the braid around the ponytail base. So easy!

Editor’s tip: Looking for a shampoo for curly hair? Try Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Shampoo. It’s not just for colored hair. It also suits curly hair because of its moisturizing properties, so you can keep your curls from getting dry. 

8. Baby Bun

Asian woman with baby bun hairstyle wearing a long-sleeved striped shirt and denim skirt
Even short and medium-length hair can be styled into a bun. Credit: Hariono Halim

Got medium-length or shoulder-length hair? A baby bun is perfect for you. When you’re done creating your bun, pull out some strands near your face for that messy-chic look.

9. Top Bun with Braid

Closeup shot of an Asian woman with an updo wearing round dangling earrings and smiling
You can style your hair this way to showcase your statement earrings. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Jazz up your regular hair bun by putting two braids around its base. It’s a romantic hairstyle you can wear on virtual dates!

10. Half-up Top Knot

Asian woman with short hair in a half up top knot wearing a white blouse
You can make this your go-to hairstyle when you’ve skipped a hair wash. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Got a bob or lob? A half-up top knot can be your go-to hairstyle on a bad hair day. It also works great on second-day hair—the texture helps keep the hairstyle from looking flat.

11. Space Buns

Asian woman with hair in space buns wearing black top and plaid skirt
Wear this ‘do to school to spice up your college look. Credit: Hariono Halim

Twice the bun, twice the fun! Put your hair in space buns when you want to add personality to your look and unleash your inner galaxy heroine. You can also create space buns even if you have short hair.

12. Banana Clip Bun

Asian woman with hair in an updo wearing a red blouse outdoors
Who knew a banana clip can help you create an elegant hairstyle? Credit: Natasha Estelle

Fond of banana clips? You can use one to create a hair bun. After clipping your hair, just twist it, put it around the base of your banana clip hairstyle, and secure it with bobby pins.

13. Double Low Space Buns

hair bun: Model's back is turned to show her hairstyle
Low buns are also a great way to style your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Buns are usually worn high or at the top of your crown, but you can most certainly wear it low, too! Try this double low space bun hairstyle and look stylish at every angle. You can do this on both straight and curly hair. And with a few strands left to frame your face, you’ll look more relaxed and gentle.

14. Space Buns with Full Bangs

hair bun: Woman wearing a faux fur coat has her arms crossed over her chest
Look fab with bangs. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want a quirky hairstyle, wear full, blunt bangs together with your space buns. Don’t forget to blow-dry and iron your bangs straight so they stay in shape all day.

15. Space Buns with Braided Bangs

Asian woman with space buns wearing an off-shoulder top
Braided bangs keep hair off your face. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If your fringe is already starting to grow and you haven’t trimmed it yet, divide it into sections and braid it. Then, put the rest of your hair in space buns.

16. Elegant Low Bun

girl wearing a formal attire has an elegant low bun hairstyle
This low bun is perfect for an elegant look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Want a sleek and smart work-from-home hairstyle? Try this low bun. Finish it with a few spritzes of hairspray to keep it smooth and frizz-free. Go for this hairstyle when you want to look polished for your conference calls.

17. Messy Rope Braided Bun

hair bun: Girl's back is towards the camera to reveal her hairstyle
This messy hair bun looks relaxed. Credit: Natasha Estelle

There are days when you feel like your hair has a mind of its own and that styling is just out of the question. Don’t let bad hair days let you down and just do the messy rope braided bun. Put it low and don’t even perfect the braids for the “perfectly messy” look.

18. Side Bun with Hair Pins

hair bun: mode in a yellow top has nice earrings and hairstyle
The side bun hairstyle looks classic. Credit: Natasha

This is another elegant hair bun that you can do at home! Just gather your hair in a low ponytail and position it on one side. Then, form a bun. Secure with hairpins and make sure everything is tucked neatly. Easy, right?

19. Double Stacked Buns

Asian woman with double stacked buns wearing a printed top
You can add small hair ornaments on your stacked buns. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you want to add character to your hair bun, create two at the back of your head. Just divide your hair into two horizontal sections, and put each of them into a separate bun.

20. Bun with Loose Curls

Asian woman with an updo and loose curls wearing a red dress
Loose curls make your updo look dainty and sweet. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Glam up your bun hairstyle by leaving several sections loose and curling these with a curling iron.

Now, you’re equipped with all the clever ways on how to create a hair bun. Which one is your favorite? Whatever you pick, just make sure you have strong and healthy hair to begin with so you can nail any hairstyle. And don’t forget to undo your bun at the end of the day so your strands can relax.

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