How to do a pretzel side bun hairstyle: A step-by-step video tutorial

Arianna | 19 October 2016
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7 min Style Easy

An elegant updo that looks as delicious as it sounds! 

Stuck for ideas on how to give your go-to bun hairstyle a fun and stylish twist? Then sit back, relax, and meet your new hair BFF: the gorgeous pretzel bun. Not only is this stunning hairdo chic, elegant and oh-so-on-trend, but it’s also super simple to achieve. So, watch our quick video tutorial above, or read the step-by-step guide below, and let this side bun hairstyle take you to new hair heights. Go on – runway-worthy hair is just 8 steps away!

A step-by-step guide to the pretzel side bun hairstyle


Apply cream.

To begin, make sure your tresses are fully prepped and ready for styling. Do this by applying a small amount of the VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme to damp hair, to help smooth down any frizz and flyaways.



Blow-dry your hair.

Next, blowdry your hair using a hair dryer with a concentrated nozzel attachment, as this will help to give your strands a sleek finish. We recommend aiming the hair dryer downwards when drying to encourage your strands to dry smooth and shiny.


Apply dry shampoo and create a side ponytail.

Spritz some Toni&Guy Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo into your mane – concentrating on the mid-lengths – to help add texture and grip. This will make it easier to twist your hair into a pretzel side bun hairstyle.

Once you’ve done this, brush through your hair to remove any knots and tangles, and gather it into a low side ponytail.


Split your ponytail in half.

Now you’ve created your ponytail, split it down the middle to create 2 equal sections.


Twist the two sections.

Take each section of hair in your hands and twist them until you reach the end.


Wrap the twisted sections around each other.

Now that you’ve twisted both sections of hair from your ponytail, twist them around each other to create one large twist, and secure with a clear elastic.


Create your pretzel bun and set.

Tightly wrap your twisted hair around the base of your ponytail to create a pretzel shape. Then, pin it in place with some bobby pins. Finally, set your pretzel side bun hairstyle with some TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairpray to ensure your ‘do stays in place all day long!


Final look.

And there you have it: a simple, yet elegant pretzel side bun hairstyle. Now you’ll be ready for any winter festivities that come your way this season!

If you loved this chic hairstyle (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?!), why not check out Zoella’s 3 easy updos video tutorial? And for loads more incredible buns, twists, and braided looks, take a whirl around our Updos page. Trust us, you’ll never leave the house without one of these stunning styles again!

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