5 Chic Low Buns for Thanksgiving (and Beyond)

The best holiday party-hopping (or couch-chilling, no judgment!) hairstyle. 

Just like narrowing your holiday shopping list to fit your budget isn’t an easy task, deciding which hairstyle to wear for every single festive occasion on your agenda is not that simple either. Our suggestion: Go with a hairstyle you can wear all season long, like low buns. No matter how much time you have left to style your hair before it’s time to hit the door, low buns are always sure to have you low-key chic in seconds. Don’t believe us? Here are five low bun hairstyles you can do on freshly washed or second-day hair, perfect for those after-Thanksgiving chill moments:

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Low Buns for Holiday: Chic braided bun hairstyle. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Braided Low Bun

Time to spare: 20 minutes

This style looks best on hair that has a rough and airy texture. To create the texture, rough-dry hair after washing. If you’re creating the look on second or third-day hair, use as dry shampoo that adds volume and soaks up excess grease. We like Dove Style+Care Volume and Fullness Dry ShampooCreate a braid on both sides of your hair, then pancake, or tug the links apart, to loosen. Backcomb the back section of your hair then gather your hair into low bun. Wrap your braids around the base of your knot and pin the look in place.

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Low Buns for Holiday: Wispy textured bun Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Disheveled Low Bun

Time to spare: 15 minutes

Wild hair is back! Taking cues from the ’80s when big, bushy hair was the hairdo to have, this low bun has a disheveled feel that’s still on-trend today. Using a hair wand, add a few wave-like curls to the lengths of your hair then brush through to separate. Gather your hair into a low chignon and add hairpins to secure the look together. Pull out a few wisps to round out the look.

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Low Buns for Holiday: Greek bun.

3. Grecian Low Bun

Time to spare: 25 minutes

This season, opt for a look that’s polished and cool, like an academe-chic Greek bun. Part hair down the center, then create a braid on each side. Gather the back of your hair into a wide bun (a croissant bun can work here too) and pin your hair to secure it all together. Criss-cross your braids over the bun and secure with hairpins. Set the look with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.

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Low Buns for Holiday: Chic fishtail braided bun

4. Fishtail Low Side Bun

Time to spare: 25 to 30 minutes, depending on skill level and hair length

Warning: This may take some practice if you don’t know how to fishtail braid, but it’s certainly worth the work! If you do and have up to 30 minutes to spare, try out this elegant low side bun hairstyle. To recreate the look, create a deep side part and secure hair into a low side ponytail. Fishtail braid the lengths of your hair and wrap around into a neat bun. Finish off the look by using Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray for some subtle sheen.

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Keep it clean and classy.

5. Slick Low Chignon

When in doubt, go for a slicked back low chignon style. We love this look because it’s clean and easy to create, but it adds a level of sophistication to any outfit. However you create your low bun, get the slick finish with some hair gel. Use a toothbrush or a boar bristle brush to comb through some TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel into the style to give it a sleek, frizz-free finish.