Tutorial: How to Create Modern Braided Space Buns

Miriam Herst | 09 October 2016
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10min Style Medium

An everyday look you’ll love or a Sci-Fi inspired Halloween style.

You may remember those cool braided space buns from the early ’80s, like a certain brunette princess of a terrestrial planet. Well, braided space buns are making a comeback and this updated take on the classic style will have you pulling out your three-strand braid and bun wrapping skills for this fun remake. A braided look that includes minimal finessing while still managing to look intricate is always a winner in our book. Another bonus to this look? It’s the perfect time of year to be nailing hairstyles inspired by your favorite movie characters. With Halloween quickly approaching an on-point hairstyle is the first step to every great costume. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to recreating these modern braided space buns, and if you’re reading this with Halloween in mind…you should probably get your brown robes ready, too.

How to Make Modern Braided Space Buns


Start with clean hair.

Clean hair is happy hair and happy hair is visible to even the undiscerning eye. Start by washing and conditioning your hair with one of our favorite duos, the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Shampoo and TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Conditioner. This formula works to cleanse and condition your hair, without making it feel weighed down.

Modern Braided Space Buns

Prep your hair.

Spray some of the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish and Replenish Mist to help smooth out your hair and prep it for styling. This lightweight mist contains aloe vera, coconut oil and coconut milk that works to soften your hair while simultaneously working as a killer detangler.

Modern Braided Space Buns

Blow-dry your hair.

Work your way through your hair as you focus on getting your hair at least 90% dry. Since the still is focused on braids, you don’t need to go for the sleek blowout throughout your hair. However, you should focus on smoothening out the front of your hair, which will be front and center for this look.

Modern Braided Space Buns

Comb and separate your hair.

Comb through your dry hair. Then, create a middle part that starts at your forehead and goes all the way down to the nape of your neck, separating your hair into two even sections.

Modern Braided Space Buns

Create your pigtails.

Create two low ponytails that sit right behind the tops of your ears. Be sure to tie them securely. These ponytails will serve as the foundation of your style and will each be holding a braided bun up by itself.

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Braid your hair.

Braid each ponytail into a three-strand braid and hold it together with a clear hair tie. You’re almost there!

Modern Braided Space Buns

Coil your hair.

Coil each braid around itself until a bun is formed and secure both buns with some bobby pins around the edges. These will keep the sides down and create the perfect coil shape that you’re aiming for.

Modern braided space buns

Take care of flyaways.

Use a small amount of the Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment to smooth out the hair as you tame pesky flyaways. This is key for achieving the sleek and modern vibe of this hairstyle.

Modern Braided Space Buns

Lock in your style.

Lock in this awesome hairstyle by using some of the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Hairspray. This will serve as an extra barrier between you and any humidity that comes your way.

Modern braided space buns


A modern take on the classic style perfect for everyday life…or as the finishing touch to your most epic Halloween costume yet.

Looking for more everyday styles that double as Halloween costume inspiration? Check out our roundup of Halloween hair color ideas that you can rock long after October ends.

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