Classic with a Twist: 16 Side Bun Hairstyles to Freshen Up Your Vibe

We'll have our style on the side, please.

Even the best hairstyles can do with an upgrade now and again, even if it’s just as small as a change in perspective. What that means for foolproof looks like the ponytail, the braid or our fave staple, the bun? Switching up directions, literally: Side bun hairstyles are a great way to spiff up that classic chignon, while still playing within the lines or practicality and functionality. Just as an off-center part can totes change the way your hair lies on your head, a side-lying bun can also keep things a bit interesting and shake up that workweek rut we’ve all found ourselves in.

Check out a list of the best side bun hairstyles that can help elevate and quirk up your everyday look. New look for the new season, amirite?

1. Ballerina Bun

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The last word in day-to-night glam.

Update this G.O.A.T. hairstyle by fashioning your bun behind one ear instead of the traditional center of your head. We love the look of parting your hair where your bun lies—i.e. if your partline is on the left, the bun is behind your left ear.

2. Gym Bun

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Try with a French braid for more visual interest.

Equally fetching with or without a braid attached, this look is the ultimate in form and function.

3. Curly Braided Bun

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Look closely and peep that fabulously fat hairline braid!

Boho up your game with this look that has texture written all over it. Perfect for garden weddings, rooftop soirées or sunny brunches with the girls. Make sure hair is totally bodified beforehand by styling with TRESemmé Thick & Full Balm before curling.

4. Fishtail Bun

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Anchor your ponytail first by tying it with an elastic for easier braiding.

An update within an update! That telltale herringbone plait totally elevates any basic chignon, side-lying or not.

5. Waterfall Bun

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In love with the basket-bottom feel we get from this partline braid. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

One of our fave side bun hairstyles is the waterfall braided bun, which starts off with a partline braid and ends in a low chignon at your nape. So folksy, so awesome.

6. Low Ballerina

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Have a lob? Never fear: Create a bun at your nape for the same effect.

This look is similar to the ballerina bun but friendlier to shorter lengths, like lobs.

7. Fringed

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Keep your bangs touching your brow for maximum flirt appeal.

Can you say “Indie Queen?” A full bang is totally charming when paired with a quirky side bun.

8. Couture Twist

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Part hair to one side before affixing your twisted buns. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For when you’re feeling extra, there’s always a high-fashion version of side bun hairstyles you can get in on, and this is it. Keep your style budge-free (but not crunchy!) with a hairspray, like Suave Professionals Natural Smooth Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray.

9. Double Bun

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Coil your plait around itself, being careful not to overlap, for that cinnamon-roll look.

We can’t get enough of this adorable chameleon-tail braided bun.

10. Formal and Wavy

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Pair with your most attention-grabbing earrings for a truly elegant look.

Polished enough for a night on the town, but still trendy enough to feel fresh.

11. Low Knot

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Leave hair to cover the ears for a folksier feel. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Busy ladies everywhere, rejoice: This version of the side bun can be achieved by either bunning or knotting, and both take less than a minute.

12. Low Space Buns

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Affix behind each ear for more accuracy!

A little bit milkmaid and a little bit futuristic, these work best with a bit of shine serum. Apply a smidge of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum from root to tip for the ultimate in smoothness.

13. Messy Low Bun

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The key: using pins in lieu of an elastic. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Can’t knock a great one down! Take this classic to new levels by scooching it over to one side and fashioning it in place with pins instead of a hair tie, for a softer, looser feel.

14. Off-Center Top Knot

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Tie on a scarf to accessorize this fierce look.

Ladies rocking some braids can partake in the side bun hairstyles wave too, simply by urging their top knots slightly forward and off-center instead of atop your natural crown.

15. Shiny Side Bun

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Leave a few tendrils loose for a softer feel.

Blow hair out beforehand to maximize shine and smoothness. Then use fingers to rake hair into a loose ponytail, using pins to secure.

16. Half-Up Space Buns

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For the unorthodox bunners out there! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Why limit yourself to a full-on updo, where you can have just as much fun with a half-up style? This look is fun for both festival season and for strutting your stuff on the concrete runways.