5 Ways To Do Space Buns at Home With Inspo Looks

Boring hair will be a thing of the past once you give these playful space buns a try!  

Space buns were a hugely popular hairstyle from the ’90s that have recently come back into trend. The hairstyle is characterised by two buns worn on the top of the head with popular styles including braided buns or half-up, half-down variations. Loved by stars from Miley Cyrus to Ariana Grande, space buns are the perfect way to inject a little carefree fun into your style whether you’re heading to a summer festival or one last party before the year is out.

With 5 ways to style space buns, this easy-peasy party style is perfect whatever the celebration. Which tutorial will you pick?

Step 1

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.

back shot of a redhead model with her hair in a zig zag parting
Step 2

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 tying her hair into 2 high ponytails
Step 3

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 braiding her hair
Step 4

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 scrunching her hair in her hands
Step 5

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 wrapping her hair into space buns
Step 6

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 pinning braids into her space buns
Step 7

Set your style.

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

redhead model with a space bun hairstyle using hairspray to set the style
Step 8

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?!

redhead model wearing a blue fur jacket with her hair in space buns
Step 1

Divide Your Hair Into Two Sections.

Start by prepping your hair with the VO5 Express Primer Spray, which helps detangle your tresses and reduces pesky flyaways.

Using a comb or your fingers, equally divide your hair (down the middle) into 2 equal sections. Then using hairbands, secure each section into two low ponytails.

Woman styling her blue hair
Step 2

Tease and Twist Your Pigtail.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Take your first ponytail and loosely twist it all the way down to the end of your hair.

Woman styling he blue hair
Step 3

Create a Bun.

After you’ve teased and twisted your first ponytail, wrap your hair around the base of the ponytail, and keep on wrapping till you’ve created a bun shape.

Once you’ve got a shape you like, secure it with as many bobby pins as needed to hold the look in place.

Woman styling her blue hair in a space bun
Step 4

Create Your Second Bun.

Tease and twist your second pigtail to create your second bun.

Woman styling her blue hair into space buns
Step 5

And There You Have It!

Dazzling double low buns that’ll steal the spotlight at your next party!

Woman with blue hair in space buns

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.

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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!

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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 Shine Hold Hairspray. Now, go forth and show off your funky buns!

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

Glittery Zig-Zag Space Buns

Woman with dark brunette hair in space buns with a gold glitter zig zag parting
Credit: Instagram.com/leanneslaterstudios

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-sprinkled roots. Credit: @leanneslaterstudios

Half-Up, Half-Down Glitter Space Buns For Short Hair

space buns glitter half-up, half-down
Half-up, half-down glitter space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/populationsalon

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
Voluminous afro space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/futura_cacheada

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

Sleek Glittery Space Buns

glitter scalp space buns
Glittery space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyjaxx

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

Rainbow Half-Up, Half-Down Space Buns

multi-coloured space buns festival hair
Rainbow half-up, half-down space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/nealmhair

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

starry space buns for festivals
Starry space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/_nicquelxoxo

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 Space Buns

ombre hair space buns festival hairstyles
Ombre space buns. Credit: Instagram.com/prettyinpattern

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


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