9 Knot Bun Hairstyles to Try Next

Make a knot bun hairstyle your new must-have accessory.

Here at All Things Hair, we’re big fans of the knot bun hairstyle. Its style credentials speak for itself but it’s also one of the most versatile hairstyles you can wear (and if you’ve been a runway regular you’ll have noticed that they have been a firm fave at fashion week).

So, if you’re you’ve been looking for a does-it-all hairstyle that ticks all the right style boxes, carry on scrolling.

9 fashion-approved knot bun hairstyles you need to try

Knot bun hairstyle: Close-up backstage shot of a model with dark hair in a high slicked back ballerina bun with bun net
This bun means business. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Ballerina bun

Ballerina buns are a hair staple that we’re forever finding ourselves going back to. Perfect for transitioning from work to play, they open up your face in the most elegant way and always look classy.

Editor’s tip: Struggle with flyaways? Taming them is easier than you think with the VO5 Flyaway Touch-Up Wand. We just keep a tube in our bag and use the wand to smooth down any stray hairs as and when they appear.

Knot bun hairstyle: Close-up shot of a blonde model with a braided high bun hairstyle with coloured streaks
If a regular bun doesn’t excite you, this will. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. High braided bun

Like your knot bun hairstyle to have a bit more to it? A braided bun is the easiest way to spice up a regular updo.

It works especially well if you’ve got highlights – like this model’s bubblegum pink streaks – as the contrasting colours help show off the braid.

Knot bun hairstyle: Runway picture of a woman with a tight slicked back ninja bun top knot hairstyle
Twisted to perfection. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Twisted bun

Take your bun to new levels by working it into a statement twist and no one will ever be able to say your bun is basic.

Knot bun hairstyle: Runway picture of a woman with light brunette hair in a loose messy top knot
A lot goes into the perfect messy bun. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Messy bun

There’s a real art to creating the messy bun and this look has it all covered. Loose, oversized and totally effortless, it’s the epitome of cool girl hair.

Knot bun hairstyle: Runway picture of a woman with dark brown shoulder length wavy hair in a half-up half-down top knot hairsyle
Textured lengths and dishevelled buns make this a cute weekend look. Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Half-up bun

If you’re not totally confident wearing your hair in an updo, try this more casual half-up knot bun hairstyle variation. You can use a curling wand to add some gentle waves through your lengths and it’ll give you a soft and casual look perfect for brunching.

Knot bun hairstyle: Brunette model at Thakoon with a wet look top knot hairstyle
This wet look bun is a winner. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Wet look

Wet look hair is a huge trend on the runways but as we’re sure you’ll agree, it’s not always the most wearable IRL. That’s why we love this less intimidating wet look knot bun hairstyle, which is giving us major Bella Hadid vibes.

Editor’s tip: Want to give the wet look trend a try? You can emulate the effect by using a wet look gel, such as the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel. This will help to give your hair a super shiny finish that looks wet even after it’s set.

Knot bun hairstyle: Close-up shot from behind of a brunette model with a messy braided bun with wispy strands
This look has second-day hair written all over it. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Loose braided bun

Wear your hair in a loosely braided bun for a textured look that’s full of volume. Don’t worry if you have layers that start to spill out of the bun, as this is one of the few times when messier is actually better!

Knot bun hairstyle: Close-up shot from behind of a blonde model at Christian Dior SS17 with a braided bun
For an edgier look, try working cornrows into the style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Braided knots

Mix the classic with the new with this braided knot bun. The extra braided detail is subtle on first glance but will really wow when people see it from behind!

Editor’s tip: Braid lovers, if you haven’t tried the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm, you’re missing out. A light, flexible hold balm, it helps add structure to the hair prior to braiding to make it easier to style.

Knot bun hairstyle: Close up shot of a woman with a dark low knot bun wearing checked jacket with white top, wearing belt bag and posing on the street
What’s knot to love? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Low knot

The best thing about knot bun hairstyles? When you get tired of wearing them up, you can switch things up and wear them low, like this street style star.


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