Hair Bun Ideas for Pinays: 35 Styles We Love

How to make a hair bun? Let us count the ways! Check out various tricks in creating 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 immediately 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 to 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.

Clever Ways to Make a Hair Bun

1. Hair Bun With 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.

2. Side Donut Hair Bun

Asian woman with a low side bun hairstyle
Make your side bun stay in shape with the help of the hair donut. Credit: Dennie Ramon

You can also place use a hair donut when creating a low side bun. To do this, tie your hair in a low side ponytail first. Then, insert the hair donut, and hide it by wrapping your hair around it one section at a time. Secure your hair bobby pins.

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Editor’s tip: Create a sleek-looking bun by keeping your hair smooth to begin with. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo every day to give your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. These include making your hair smooth, soft, and shiny, keeping frizz under control, strengthening, detangling, and giving your hair long-lasting fragrance. 

3. Sock Bun Hairstyle

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.

4. Ballerina Hair 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.

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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.

5. Hair Bun With 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 this clean bun hairstyle by adding a ribbon or a bejeweled scrunchie around its base. Then, wear your favorite dress to complete your elegant, romantic look.

6. Messy Hair 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!

7. Low and Loose Hair Bun

Asian woman with a low and messy bun
Spell chic and relaxed with this loose hairstyle. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Go for a low messy bun if you want a more laidback hairstyle that you can style quickly. Just gather your hair on your nape and tie it without pulling your hair all the way through. Or, you can also tie your hair into a loose ponytail, twist it around the ponytail base to form a bun, and secure it with bobby pins. When there are sections of your hair that don’t get caught in the bun, leave them be.

8. Big Top Knot Hair Bun

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.

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Editor’s tip: Your daily interactions with your hair, including brushing and styling, can make your hair fibers weak and prone to breakage. Use Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner, which has revolutionary fiber actives that penetrate up to a cellular level to strengthen your hair. This way, you’re able to treat and prevent hair fall and breakage. 

9. 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. This clean bun hairstyle is so easy!

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10. Top Bun With Headband

Asian woman with a hair scarf hairstyle
No need to restyle your hair in the middle of the day when you wear a headband with your bun. Credit: Hariono Halim

If you want to make sure that all strands are off your face, you can add a headband or a folded headscarf to your top bun hairstyle. Use a patterned headscarf to create a colorful, summer look!

11. Baby Bun Hairstyle

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.

12. Top Bun Hairstyle 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 clean bun hairstyle by putting two braids around its base. It’s a romantic hairstyle you can wear on virtual dates!

13. Half-Up Top Knot Hair Bun

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.

14. Half-Up Bun With Braid

Asian woman with a half up hairstyle
If you love braids and buns, include this ‘do in your list of favorite hairstyles. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This half updo is a simple but romantic hairstyle that you can wear to garden weddings or lunch meet-ups with your friends. If you’re curious about how to make a hair bun like this, divide your hair into two horizontal sections and gather the upper half at the back of your head. Tie this section with an elastic, but don’t pull your hair all the way through to create a bun shape. Then, braid the section of hair that you didn’t pull through and wrap it around your elastic. Secure it with bobby pins, and that’s it!

15. Space Hair 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.

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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.

16. Half-Up Space Buns

Asian woman with short curly hair in space buns
Try this cute bun hairstyle for short curly hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

For shorter haircuts like bobs and lobs, you can just put the upper half section of your hair into these cute buns. It’s also a great hairstyle for short curly hair, as you get to showcase your hair’s natural shape and bounce.

17. Banana Clip Bun Hairstyle

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 clean bun hairstyle, and secure it with bobby pins.

18. Mini Ponytail Loose Bun Hairstyle

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

Create this double low bun hairstyle by tying your hair into low pigtails, making a gap between your head and the elastics, and flipping and inserting your hair into these gaps. Leave some strands loose and let them frame your face for a dainty and romantic look.

19. Space Ponytail 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.

20. 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 ponytail buns.

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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.

21. Elegant Low Ponytail Bun

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

Leave a good first impression on your clients with this elegant low bun. Finish it with a few spritzes of hairspray to keep it smooth and frizz-free. Go for this hairstyle when you’re gunning for a polished, corporate-chic look.

22. Center-Parted Sleek Low Bun

Asian woman with hair in a sleek low bun
Nail this classic by keeping frizz at bay. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Whether you’re working from home or at the office, this hair bun will make you look stylishly smart. The hairspray gives it a slightly casual touch, so you can wear it in and out of the boardroom, so feel free to wear this hairstyle from day ’til night!

23. Messy Rope Braided Loose Bun Hairstyle

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.

24. Side Formal Bun Hairstyle

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?

25. 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.

26. Stacked Buns for Short Hair

Asian woman with a half top knot hairstyle for short hair
Spice up your regular half updo for short hair by creating stacked buns. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Just like the stacked buns for long hair, you create two buns on top of each other in this hairstyle. And since it’s for short hair, you style just the upper half section of your hair, creating a half updo.

27. Curly Loose Bun Hairstyle

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.

28. Scarf Bun Hairstyle

Back shot of an Asian woman with a scarf on hairstyle
The colorful scarf serves as an accent. Credit: Hariono Halim

Add some color to your bun by adding a colorful scarf to your ‘do! To do this, tie your hair into a low ponytail first and divide your hair into three vertical sections. Tie your scarf into one of them. Then, braid your hair and tie the ends with an elastic. Wrap the braid around the base of your low ponytail to form a low bun, and secure it in place with bobby pins.

29. High Scarf Bun Hairstyle

Back of an Asian woman with a scarf hair bun
Use a bandana that contrasts with the color of your hair to create a striking look. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Jazz up a high bun or a ballerina bun by including a scarf or bandana in it. To do this, tie your hair in a high ponytail and attach your bandana to your hair tie. Then, create a three-strand braid, weaving sections of your hair and the bandana together. Once our bandana braid is done, form a bun on our crown and secure it with bobby pins.

30. French Braid Hair Bun

Asian woman with a French braid bun
With this hairstyle, all your strands are neatly kept in place. Credit: Hariono Halim

Jazz up your hair bun adding a French braid. First, gather a section a small section of your hair near your hairline and braid it. Add more strands of hair as you go along. When your braid reaches the spot just before your crown, secure it with an elastic.

When you’re done putting your braid in place, tie the rest of your hair into a high ponytail and position it on your crown. Twist your hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail to create a bun and secure with bobby pins.

31. Top Knot With Bangs

Asian woman with a top knot with bangs smiling
You can style your hair this way whether you’re working from home or chilling out on a weekend. Credit: Hariono Halim

This cute and laidback hairstyle gives you major Korean hair bun vibes. Don’t worry if you can’t perfect your bun—it’s all part of the charm. Then, style your bangs with your fingers to make them wispy.

32. Low Hair Bun Hairstyle With Bandana

Woman with a low knot and bandana headband
Love bandana hairstyles? Try this ‘do. Credit: Moa Kiraly from Unsplash

Got a big bandana? Tie it around your head as a headband and wrap it around your low bun. How’s that for a chic and relaxed look for the weekend?

33. Low Bun With Tendrils

Asian woman with a low hairstyle and tendrils
Want an easy day-to-night hairstyle? This hair bun is a great choice. Credit:

After putting your hair in a low bun, leave some strands loose and curl them to create delicate-looking tendrils. The result is a simple hairstyle that boasts an understated elegance.

34. Double Bun With Hair Clips

Asian woman with a double hairbun
Have fun combining different colors of bobby pins and hair clips. Credit:

Wear colorful hair clips to make our double bun hairstyle look quirkier. Feel free to mix and match hair clips and bring out your personality.

35. Sleek Low Bun With Hair Clips

Asian woman with a low hairstyle with clips
Looking for an easy party hairstyle? Try this hair bun. Credit: Jakarta Fashion Week

A low formal bun hairstyle is a classic, but it wouldn’t hurt to jazz it up with your favorite hair clips. Add small ones to keep your bun elegant.

Now, you’re equipped with all the clever ways 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.