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?
’90s Space Buns
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Set your style.
To help your funky space buns last well into the night, give them a good allover spritz with hairspray.
And there you have it, fabulous party-worthy space buns in a matter of minutes!
Low Space Buns
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.
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.
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.
Braided 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.
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
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!
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!
Space Buns Inspiration
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
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
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
Sleek 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
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 pastel–ombre 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
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
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