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

Eunice Lucero | 02 March 2018

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?

16 Side Bun Hairstyles to Win You Over

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The last word in day-to-night glam.

1. Ballerina Bun

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.

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Try with a French braid for more visual interest.

2. Gym Bun

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

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Look closely and peep that fabulously fat hairline braid!

3. Curly Braided Bun

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.

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

4. Fishtail Bun

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

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

5. Waterfall Bun

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.

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

6. Low Ballerina

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

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Keep your bangs touching your brow for maximum flirt appeal.

7. Fringed

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

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

8. Couture Twist

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 Hairspray.

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

9. Double Bun

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

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

10. Formal and Wavy

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

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

11. Low Knot

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.

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Affix behind each ear for more accuracy!

12. Low Space Buns

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.

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

13. Messy Low Bun

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.

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Tie on a scarf to accessorize this fierce look.

14. Off-Center Top Knot

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

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Leave a few tendrils loose for a softer feel.

15. Shiny Side Bun

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

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For the unorthodox bunners out there! Photo credit:

16. Half-Up Space Buns

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.

Loved these side bun hairstyles and looking for more fresh new updates for the new season? Check out our street style roundups from Fashion Month.

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