16 Clever Ways to Make a Hair Bun

How to make a hair bun? Let us count the ways! Check out 11 techniques on how to nail this updo.

When you have long hair and you want to get it out of the way, 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. A hair bun also works as a formal hairstyle to go with your floor-length gown and heels. Needless to say, 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: Finish your bun by spritzing TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray to give it a strong, weather-resistant hold make it last long.

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: Polished buns tend to be tight, so make sure your hair is strong enough to withstand all the pulling by using Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo regularly. 

4. 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!

5. 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. Wear it on weekends when you just want to chill or when you’re planning a leisurely stroll around the mall.

Editor’s tip: Enhance your hair’s natural bounce by using Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Shampoo and Dove Oxygen & Nourishment Conditioner. This duo can help boost your hair’s volume by up to 95 percent!

6. 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, and when your strands are misbehaving, better put them up! A top bun is perfect for that, and you can create it by putting your hair in a high ponytail, braiding your hair, and putting 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 Colour Shampoo. It’s not just for colored hair. It also suits curly hair because of its moisturizing properties, so you can say goodbye to dry and unruly kulot hair. s

7. 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.

8. 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. This hairstyle is perfect for parties, whether you’re attending a quaint garden wedding, a holiday dinner, or a formal evening party.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 also 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 with bobby pins. You can wear a banana clip bun on both casual and dressy occasions. What’s not to love about it?

12. 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 low twin space bun hairstyle and look stylish at every angle. It’s good on both straight and curly hair. And with a few strands left to frame your face, you’ll look more relaxed and gentle.

13. Double 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

Bring out a quirky Asian vibe as you channel a cute Japanese girl in this hairstyle. The two space buns and the bangs complement each other and together make a great look. You can also opt to leave long strands at the sides near your ears for more style. This looks really perfect with thick full bangs.

Editor’s tip: Make sure your hair bun lasts all day by spraying it with some VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. It protects your hair from frizz and dries up really fast so you won’t have to worry about smudges and stray strands.

14. 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

Whether you’re at work or heading out to a formal evening affair, you’ll definitely love this elegant low hair bun. At work, it exudes power and independence but at an evening affair, it exudes confidence and classic elegance. Just pair it with the right earrings and you’ll definitely leave everyone in awe.

15. 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

Certainly, 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.

16. 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

To do this hairstyle, just gather your hair in a low ponytail and position it on one side for a classic look. Secure with hairpins and make sure everything is tucked neatly. If you don’t like to accentuate with earrings, put a flower or a pearly accessory on your hair instead. Easy, right?

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 and not get damaged.

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