7 magical mini bouffant hairstyle ideas you can totally slay this season

If you've ever considered rocking a mini bouffant hairstyle, now's the perfect time to give it a go!  

No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, an updo hairstyle is always a good choice. Whether it’s a fancy soiree, a weekend wedding, or even a regular day in the office, updos will have you tressed to impress – but which to choose? For a fail-safe option, our new go-to look is a mini bouffant hairstyle.

But what is it, you ask? It’s basically a toned down version of a ‘60s-inspired beehive and is a fuss-free way to give your mane a sexy boost (without looking OTT and outdated). Yep, everyone from Audrey Hepburn to superstar songstress Adele has rocked the look – and now it’s your turn to take the spotlight!

7 mini bouffant hairstyle ideas that are easy to DIY


close up shot of model on the chanel runway with mini bouffant hairstyle with headband hair accessory, wearing smart suit outfit
If it’s good enough for Brigitte Bardot… Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Casual mini bouffant hairstyle

With a little backcombing, strategic bobby-pin placement and a headband hair accessory, you too can turn second day hair into something that Brigitte Bardot would be happy to call her own.

As this model demonstrates, this romantic and casual style pairs perfectly with a power suit and will easily convince those around you that you’ve spent ages on your mane. Ooh la la!

Editor’s tip: Want to create the perfect mini bouffant hairstyle? You’ll need the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo, which’ll help give you the texture and grip needed to get the bouffant shape.

For more pointers, just watch our mini bouffant hair tutorial, here.

close up shot of model on the d and g runway with sleek mini bouffant hairstyle, wearing red dress and drop earrings
Heading out to fancy event? You’ll want to give sleek bouffant style a go! Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Sleek mini bouffant bun

Need a style that screams high-fashion vibes? Then it’s time for you to get acquainted with the style that’ll help you slay your day: the sleek mini bouffant bun.

This chic and sophisticated hairstyle is fitting for any formal occasion, and is certain to take your mane game to a whole other level.

Psst! For extra style points, pair the look with some dramatic drop or tassel earrings and you’ll look like you’ve stepped right off the runway.

close up shot of model with messy bouffant hairstyle, wearing pink dress on the runway
Take your mini bouffant to modern heights by rocking it messy! Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Messy mini bouffant bun

Whether you’re blessed with natural volume (or achieve it with the help of a texturising spray), you’ll be looking for any excuse to rock this romantically modern mini bouffant hairstyle.

This pumped up look is perfect for ladies who are looking to discreetly evoke retro vibes on their next daytime adventure and will seamlessly take you through to the evening in style, too.

back shot of model on the runway with sleek bouffant ponytail hairstyle, wearing checked dress and earrings
You can work this mini bouffant ponytail hairstyle to work and #slay! Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Mini bouffant + ponytail hairstyle

Can’t shake off your love for ponytail hairstyles? Neither can we! So, when we saw this model rocking this mini bouffant and wavy ponytail hybrid, we couldn’t help but include it in our edit.

Despite looking professionally put together, this sexed-up ponytail hairstyle is a quick and easy style to achieve (with our helpful tutorial, here). So the only thing left to decide is, what outfit you should rock with it?

back shot of woman with blonde hair styled into a bouffant hairstyle
This mini bouffant bun is made for lazy days! Credit: Instagram.com/brittsully

5. Mini bouffant + blogger bun

Now, we’ve already given you 4 amazing reasons why you should try out a bouffant hairstyle this season, but we’re not done yet! The best thing about these styles, is that you can easily switch it up and turn your pumped up pony into a low, on-trend blogger bun.

Yep it’s the gift that keeps on giving; so when in doubt, just fashion your mane into this Instagram-worthy ‘do and call it a day — a good hair day! Credit: @brittsully

Editor’s tip: Finish up with a quick all-over spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, to ensure your mini bouffant hairstyle lasts all day.

back shot of model on instagram with volumised updo hairstyle at a salon
Another wedding-perfect ‘do? This one! Credit: Instagram.com/natalieannehair

6. Wavy mini bouffant updo

If it’s simple sophistication you’re seeking to convey for your walk down the aisle, a wavy bouffant updo certainly won’t disappoint.

Complete this goddess-inspired look by weaving some tiny flowers into your ‘do, and you’ll be set to make the most memorable of entrances. Credit: @natalieannehair

close up shot of model with half up mini bouffant hairstyle at anna sui, wearing floral dress
Get the both of best worlds with this mini bouffant half-up, half down ‘do. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Half-up mini bouffant hairstyle

While this isn’t technically an updo, it’s hard not to mention it! Half-up hairstyles have been ruling the roost as of late, with their universal appeal and ability to shake up your style in jiffy – whether you have long or short tresses!

Opting for this retro style will allow you show off your mane, all while ensuring your strands are kept off your face. But the best thing about it? You can easily tress up this half updo by wrapping it with a velvet ribbon (AKA the accessory of the season).


Can’t get enough of these retro mini bouffant hairstyle ideas? Then be sure to check out our Vintage Hairstyles page to find the era that’s right for you and your hair!

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