How to Create the Pretzel Bun Hairstyle

This simple, chic updo is equally as addictive.

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Okay, we are telling you this now, if you’re here for a food recipe, you’re in the wrong place. Not to say the pretzel bun hairstyle isn’t as satisfying as its namesake however (whoever came up with the name though—genius!).

Basically a twist on the regular low chignon—which is beloved by yogis and French girls everywhere—the pretzel bun hairstyle builds on the easy, chic wearability of a side bun, but then adds some fun texture into the mix with the help of some clever hair twists. And just like the addictive snack it’s named after, the pretzel bun hairstyle is simple, straightforward and a surefire crowd-pleaser. Read on to learn more about how you can master the Instagram-worthy pretzel bun hairstyle.

Tutorial: The Pretzel Bun Hairstyle

Step 1

Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Prep your hair for an updo with a wash and care system designed to strengthen your strands. We like the healthy look and feel (and luxurious shine!) we get from the Nexxus New York Salon Care Therappe Shampoo and Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Conditioner.

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Step 2

Apply some serum.

After towel-drying, apply a dime-sized amount of a lightweight serum to lengths and ends for shine and manageability.

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Step 3

Comb through evenly.

Distribute the product evenly throughout hair, making sure to detangle as you go.

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Step 4

Blow-dry your hair.

Blow-dry your hair until it’s 90% dry, using a flat brush.

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Step 5

Straighten with a flat iron.

If desired, carefully straighten hair with a flat iron to remove any kinks as you prep for a shiny bun.

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Step 6

Create a side pony.

Gather hair into a low ponytail off to one side. Secure with a hair-colored elastic and split the ponytail into two.

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Step 7

Twirl each section.

Begin twisting both sections until each ends up with a rope-like look.

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Step 8

Twist sections together.

Next, twist both sections into one giant rope, being careful not to unravel each section.

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Step 9

Continue till the ends.

Twist until you reach the ends of your hair.

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Step 10

Create your bun.

Coil your rope twist around its own base to form a sexy low chignon. Secure with some bobby pins.

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Step 11

Finish with hairspray.

Spritz on a light, even coating of hairspray, such as the TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra-Fine Mist Hairspray for control and hold.

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Step 12


Tuck more pins as necessary till your bun feels completely secure. You’re all set!

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Want more nifty hairstyle tutorials? Check out more of our hair hacks.

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