Space buns how-to: Find out how to create this party-perfect style with Rio Fredrika

Jeanette | 11 October 2017
redhead model wearing a blue fur jacket with her hair in space buns
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Boring hair will be a thing of the past once you give these playful space buns a try!


Festival season may be over for the year (boo!) but we’re not quite ready to give up our space buns just yet.

Never tried them before? Loved by stars from Miley Cyrus to Ariana Grande, they’re the perfect way to inject a little carefree fun into your style. Whether you’re looking for a fun Halloween style or you’re already looking ahead to the festive season, this easy-peasy party style is perfect whatever the celebration.

So, we won’t make you wait any longer, keep on scrolling now to find out how you can #beathairboredom with a little help from influencer/ presenter Rio Fredrika and our step-by-step space buns tutorial, below.

Rio Fredrika’s party space buns tutorial

back shot of a redhead model with her hair in a zig zag parting

Create a zigzag parting.

Ready to learn how to do space buns? Start by taking a comb and using it to create a zig-zag parting from the front of your hair right down to the nape of your neck.

redhead model tying her hair into 2 high ponytails

Create 2 high ponytails.

Tie your hair into 2 high ponytails, securing them with a thin hair tie.

Editor’s tip: Remember to leave some hair loose around your face, as this will give you a more face-flattering finish.

redhead model braiding her hair

Create a small braid in each ponytail.

To give your space buns a more unique, textured look, take a small section of hair from the underneath of one of your ponytails. Braid this section into a regular 3-strand braid right down to the ends – don’t worry about securing it, as we’ll do this later.

redhead model scrunching her hair in her hands

Plump up the volume.

Spritz your strands with the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray  and then use your hands to gently tease your hair back towards the roots, scrunching the product into the hair. This will give your space buns the extra texture and sass they need!

redhead model wrapping her hair into space buns

Wrap your hair into space buns.

Wrap each ponytail around on itself to form a bun shape, making sure to leave the braided section of your hair free for now. Use bobby pins to secure your buns into your desired position.

redhead model pinning braids into her space buns

Wrap the plaits around the buns.

Wrap your braids around your newly-formed buns, and use both bobby pins and clear hair elastics to make sure your look stays put.

redhead model with a space bun hairstyle using hairspray to set the style

Set your style.

To help your funky space buns last well into the night, give them a good allover spritz with hairspray.

The TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray is ideal for creating this style, as it will stop your volume falling flat.

redhead model wearing a blue fur jacket with her hair in space buns

Final look.

And there you have it, fabulous party-worthy space buns in a matter of minutes!

To really take your look to the next level, though, why not try curling or crimping the front pieces of your hair for a truly ’90s-inspired look?!

Braided space bun hair tutorial


Looking for another super cute way to wear your hair? Then these braided space buns could be the answer to all your hair prayers! Inspired by the ‘90s, these retro-looking double buns are just as good for lazy, casual weekends, as they are for the upcoming party season.


Braided half-up, half-down space buns

In need of a hairstyle which will withstand any occasion and carry you through the season? If so, look no further than the half-up, half-down space buns hairstyle.

Click below to find out what happened when vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t showed us how to create this awesome half-up hybrid style and then give it a try yourself!


Classic half-up, half-down space buns

If you’re new to the world of styling, we’ve got you. This hairstyle is a simpler version of N1kk1sSecr3t’s braided ‘do and can be created with straight, wavy or curly hair.

So first off, decide how you want your finished style to look and then either straighten or curl your mane to prep it, or embrace your natural texture – you do you!

Gif: Final look of the half space buns on long brown hair
Half-up space buns are easy and fun to do when you know how. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

How to create half space buns:

1. Using a comb, divide your hair down the centre.

2. Working on one side of your hair at a time, gather a 3 to 4 inch-wide portion of hair from near the front into a half-up, half-down high ponytail and secure it with a clear elastic. This pony should sit in the middle of the top of your head.

3. Spray your ponytails with the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray and then gently tease your hair to create more body and volume.

4. Working on one ponytail at a time, take the tail and wrap it around the base to create a space bun. Secure this in place with some bobby pins.

5. To help set your half space buns in place, give them a spritz with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray. Now, go forth and show off your funky buns!


Get rave-ready with 7 of our favourite space buns

Now that you’ve gotten the basics of this style down pat, it’s time to learn all the other incredible ways you can style it…

space buns pink hair glitter festival
Pink glitter space buns. Credit:

1. Glittery pastel space buns

Glitter and festivals go hand-in-hand, didn’t you know?

A simple and fun way to jazz up your space buns (or any hairstyle for that matter!) is to add some glitter and sparkle! This Instagrammer’s giving us some serious festival hair envy with her zig-zag parted buns, and glitter and sequin-sprinkled roots. Credit: @fxhairstudioltd

space buns glitter half-up, half-down
Half-up, half-down glitter space buns. Credit:

2. Half-up, half-down glitter space buns for short hair

If your hair is a little on the short side, then a half-up, half-down style is perfect if you want to create space buns for short hair. Leave your fringe free and gather the remaining top half of your hair into 2 mini buns.

Sprinkle some glitter and throw on your favourite pair of sunnies, before you head out to the fields for major glam vibes. Credit: @populationsalon

voluminous afro space buns
Voluminous afro space buns. Credit:

3. Voluminous afro space buns

Got afro or curly hair? Lucky you: these hair types look uber cute and stylish when styled into big buns. Because if you ask us, bigger is always better! Credit: @futura_cacheada

glitter scalp space buns
Glittery space buns. Credit:

4. Glittery space buns

If you’re anything like us, and are obsessed with all things glitter, then why not be generous with the sparkle and sprinkle it on to your entire scalp. Don’t forget to create 2 messy buns to complete the look. You’ll be rave-ready in no time! Credit: @hairbyjaxx

multi-coloured space buns festival hair
Rainbow half-up, half-down space buns. Credit:

5. Rainbow half-up, half-down space buns

Everything just looks so much better on multi-coloured hair, right? So whether you have mermaid, watermelon or pastelombre tresses, why not show them off with a cute half-up, half-down space bun hairstyle. You’ll be sure to have heads turning wherever you go! Credit: @nealmhair

starry space buns for festivals
Starry space buns. Credit:

6. Starry space buns

Feeling starry eyed? For a ‘do that’s totally out of this world, look to incorporate moon or star-shaped sequins into your space buns hairstyle! You could even spritz your buns with some coloured hairspray to complete the look (we recommend a blue, green or purple hue to tie in with the galaxy theme). Credit: @_nicquelxoxo

ombre hair space buns festival hairstyles
Ombre space buns. Credit:

7. Ombre space buns

If you’re not into all the sparkle, rest assured that regular ombre space buns are still on trend, too. Both messy and polished-looking space buns work a treat with ombre hair. Try experimenting with different bun sizes to see what works best with your hair! Credit: @prettyinpattern


Love our all our space buns? Why not head on over to our Updos page for more quirky hair tutorials and styling ideas?

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