Hair bun how to: The bow bun

Upgrade your bun with this cute bow variation.

bow hair party styles



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We didn’t think we could love the classic hair bun any more, but the ultra cute bow bun has proved us wrong by perfectly blending a playful hairdo with a classically girly silhouette. So, if you have medium to long hair and want to refresh your basic updo, this bow upgrade is for you! And don’t worry if you’re not the most confident when it comes to hair styling – despite its appearance, it’s really simple to do.

So, whether you’re planning to meet the girls for drinks or looking for a new hairstyle for an alfresco gathering, you should consider this bow hair bun your new go-to ‘do. Learn how to create it with our easy step-by-step photo tutorial below.

Bow hair bun: A step-by-step guide


Add texture.

Remove dirt, oil and residue from your hair by washing it with TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Weightless Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.99 each*). Once your mane is clean and dry, spray the mid-lengths and ends of your tresses with Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.49*), which will boost casual texture and give a light hold – the ideal base for achieving your hair bun!

a long red hair woman spraying her hair

Create a looped ponytail.

Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair band, pulling your hair only half-way through. You should now have a looped ponytail with the ends of your hair lying on the top of your head.


Part the loop.

Now it’s time to create your beautiful bow bun. For that, gently divide your loop into two separate parts, using bobby pins on each side to hold your bow bun in place.


Create the bow.

And for the final step, flip the ends of your hair backwards between your two loops to create the centre knot of your bow hair bun. Tuck the ends under at the back, and fix in place using a couple of bobby pins.

a long red hair woman making a bun of her hair



Finish with hairspray.

Now that you’ve created your hair bun bow, it’s time to finish the look with hairspray. Use the TIGI Catwalk Work It Hairspray (£13.95*) to help give your style firm yet invisible hold.

a bun woman spraying her hair

Final look.

Et voila! Your bow hair bun is complete. And wasn’t it easy?!

a bow bun woman smiling on the pink background

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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