5 Chic, No-Stress Low Buns for Thanksgiving Weekend (and Beyond!)

The best virtual 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 this long weekend is not that simple, either. Our suggestion: low buns for Thanksgiving weekend, when done right, offer up just the right amount of both chill and chic! Also, we’re of the perennial belief that no matter how much time you have left to style your hair before it’s time to hit the door (or Zoom party!), low buns are always sure to have you low-key stylish in seconds.

Don’t believe us? Here are our fave low bun hairstyles you can do on freshly washed or second-day hair, perfect for those after-Thanksgiving chill moments:

low buns for thanksgiving braided
A braid gives a traditional low bun a folksy update. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Braided Low Buns for Thanksgiving

Time to spare: 20 minutes

Perfect for: Thanksgiving dinner with the family

There’s always something to be grateful for, and for this look, it’s dry shampoo! This style looks best on hair that has a tousled, airy texture—so yes, you can explain to Dad that this woke-up-like-this look is, in fact, all the rage these days. To recreate, rough-dry hair after washing. If you’re creating the look on second or third-day hair, use a dry shampoo that adds volume and soaks up excess grease, like Dove Style+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo

Create 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 your low bun. Wrap your braids around the base of your knot and pin the look in place.

low buns for thanksgiving messy chignon
A wispy textured bun is an even more chill take on your everyday chignon. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Disheveled Low Buns for Thanksgiving

Time to spare: 15 minutes

Perfect for: virtual Friendsgiving hang

It’s been a crazy year, and “Friendsgiving” might have taken a whole other level of hectic or last-minute (and that’s okay!). Enter: the super easy bun, which, as far as low buns for Thanksgiving goes, is probs one of the quickest to recreate. Taking cues from the ’80s when big, voluminous hair was the hairdo to have, this low bun has a messy 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.

low buns for thanksgiving greek-inspired
Try a Greek-inspired bun for some collegiate fall charm.

3. Grecian Low Buns for Thanksgiving

Time to spare: 25 minutes

Perfect for: actual Friendsgiving quaranteam hang

If you’re responsible enough to choose a safe, sanctioned, socially distanced hang with your equally vigilant lockdown pod this year, then there’s no reason to skimp on the style. This season, opt for a look that’s polished and cool, like an academe-chic Greek-inspired 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.

low buns for thanksgiving fishtail
A fishtail braid provides a touch of Pinterest-worthy appeal.

4. Fishtail Low Side Buns for Thanksgiving

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

Perfect for: outdoor dining date

A sweet gratitude-filled night out with your honey calls for an equally charming plait. Fair 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 with a twist. 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.

low buns for thanksgiving low ballerina chignon
A perfectly crisp ballerina bun gets updated with a lower placement.

5. Slick Low Ballerina Chignon for Post-Thanksgiving

Time to spare: 10 minutes

Perfect for: Black Friday shopping/morning-after couch-surfing

Whether braving those sales (safely masked, of course) or simply doing so from the comfort of your own couch calls for a no-nonsense hairstyle, like a slicked-back low ballerina chignon! We love this iconic yet foolproof hairstyle because it’s clean and easy to create, but it also adds a level of polish to any outfit (yes, including those sweats, because #teamcozy).

However way you wish to 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.

There you have it! Now get ready to rock your long (socially-distanced!) Thanksgiving weekend in style.

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