One of the most popular updo hairstyles is the bun! Buns are awesome because they are extremely versatile and easy to style. Bun hairstyles can look very casual and perfect for running errands or they can be styled to look incredibly elegant and perfect for special events. Buns are also a great way to show off statement earrings and draw attention to your gorgeous face! Keep reading to see our top 25 picks for the best high bun and low bun hairstyles this year!
11 Big high bun with swept back bangs
Big high buns are very popular at the moment because they are incredibly flattering and easy to create! Maria’s bun hairstyle looks glamorous and elegant, but you actually only need to take a couple easy steps to style your hair in this way. First, start by brushing your hair into a high ponytail. Unless you have very long and thick hair, you will probably need to enlist the help of a “hair donut” in order to make your bun look big and bountiful. Tuck your hair into the sock bun or hair donut, but leave a small section of hair loose and wrap it around the bun. If you have bangs, you can either let them fall on your face naturally, or you can sweep them back like Maria! If you don’t like the look of hair slicked back straight from your forehead, pinning your bangs back can be a great way to add some root volume and visual interest to your high bun hairstyle!
1. Big high bun with swept back bangs
22 Big high bun with slicked back hair
Although Lauren’s big high bun hairstyle is simple, it makes a gorgeous statement. In order to create a large high bun like Lauren’s, select a large-sized hair donut. Hair donuts come in a variety of sizes so you have to make sure you choose one that is approximately the size of the bun you wish to create. All you need to do is brush your hair upward to create a high ponytail. Then feed your ponytail through the hair donut center and tuck your hair around the donut sides. To ensure that this bun hairstyle remains sleek all day, spray hairspray on top to finish your look!
2. Big high bun with slicked back hair
33 Super-size bun with center part
Paris usually hits the red carpet with hair cascading down her back, but she looks amazing with this super-size high bun hairstyle! To recreate this look, start by parting your hair in the center and creating a medium-high ponytail. Use a very large hair donut and thread your ponytail through the center. Next, just tuck your hair around the sides of the hair donut! Since this look requires your hair to be sleekly side-parted, fasten a couple bobby pins in the back of your hair to ensure the sides stay tight and neat!
3. Super-size bun with center part
44 Casual high bun
Although hair donuts are a great way to create a neat and dramatic look, you don’t need a hair donut if you prefer a more casual look. Katie’s high bun is slightly messy, but she has a lot of volume at the roots, which helps to add a bit of elegance. This is the perfect updo for running errands, but it also looks great for parties!
4. Casual high bun
55 Simple ballerina bun
Miranda’s sleek ballerina bun is stunningly simple and draws attention to her flawless facial features. The most important part about recreating this look is ensuring that your hair is super smooth and has no bumps. For this look, you do not want to have any root volume, so avoid adding any volumizing products to your hair before styling. Start by combing your hair back into a high ponytail. If your hair is not naturally sleek, you can straighten your hair first and comb a straightening gel through your hair. Next, wrap your hair tightly around your ponytail fastener and secure the ends with a few bobby pins. This super easy bun hairstyle is very versatile and can take you from day to night easily!
5. Simple ballerina bun
66 Casual, wavy high bun with face framing layers
Vanessa’s high bun is super casual and has a distinctive bohemian vibe. Unlike a lot of popular high bun hairstyles which tend to have sleek elements, this style is entirely wavy and loose. Since this style is relaxed, you don’t need to worry about blow drying or straightening your hair to prep, all you need to do is let it air dry! With your air-dried hair, just pull it up into a high ponytail and then wrap the remaining hair around the ponytail fastener. Since this look is casual, don’t worry about fly away hairs or any loose tendrils. In fact, the more loose pieces, the better!
6. Casual, wavy high bun with face framing layers
77 Huge bun with wraparound braid
Huge buns are super popular, so a great way to make your bun hairstyle stand out is to add a braid! Like all big buns styles, your best bet to creating a neat bun is to use a hair donut. Since you will need hair to create your braid, leave a section free when you are creating your bun. After your bun is in place, braid the loose section of hair and simply wrap it around your bun! Adding a braid is a super easy way to add extra glamour to a high bun hairstyle and it will definitely get you a lot of compliments!
7. Huge bun with wraparound braid
88 Messy high top knot bun
Top knots are one of the most popular high bun hairstyles because they are flattering and look effortlessly chic. Luckily for you, they not only look effortless, but they take barely any effort to create! A very easy way to create a top knot is to flip your head upside down and gather your hair into a messy bun. This will ensure that you are able to get your hair super high on your scalp. If you want to add a bit of visual interest to this style, you can add a few bobby pins to create a bump of volume in the front of your hair like Julianne!
8. Messy high top knot bun
99 Big, very high bun with center part and face-framing bangs
Whitney’s big high bun is gorgeous and looks a little bit bohemian with her face framing tendrils. As Whitney demonstrates, big buns look awesome with ombre hair because the contrast between darker roots and a lighter colored bun is striking!
9. Big, very high bun with center part and face-framing bangs
1010 High ballerina bun with center split bangs
Ballerina buns look amazing with slicked back hair, but they also look super cute with bangs! To create a bun like Dianna’s, you should start by combing your hair back into a high ponytail. Your bangs will naturally fall forward and you can perfect them after you finish creating your bun. If you want to create a very neat bun, you can use a small hair donut, or you can just wrap your hair around the ponytail fastener. With your bun in place, straighten your bangs to ensure that they are sleek and smooth!
10. High ballerina bun with center split bangs
1111 Messy high bun
Kim Kardashian’s messy high bun is the definition of casual chic! This popular bun hairstyle is so easy to create, all you have to do is gather your hair up into a bun and wrap an elastic band around it a few times. This look is intended to be casual and effortless, so don’t worry about any bumps or fly away hairs!
11. Messy high bun
1212 Messy high bun with headband
A great way to spice up a high bun hairstyle is to add a headband. While you can choose a thicker headband or one with adornments, we love the simplicity of this super skinny black headband!
12. Messy high bun with headband
1313 Top knot with heavy bangs
Nicole’s top knot is the perfect high bun hairstyle for girls with shorter hair. Her tiny top knot is super cute and delicate and looks amazing with her long, eyebrow sweeping bangs!
13. Top knot with heavy bangs
1414 High ballerina bun with dramatic side bangs
Rihanna is the queen of dramatic hairstyles, so it is no surprise that she put a bold twist on a classic ballerina bun hairstyle! To create this look for yourself, leave a large section of hair in the front loose and gather the rest into a high ponytail and create a bun. With your hair in the front, part it completely to one side and straighten it. Next, take the ends and curl them with a large barrel curler so that they gently curl away from your face!
14. High ballerina bun with dramatic side bangs
1515 Reverse braided top knot
Colbie’s reverse braided top knot bun hairstyle is super edgy and fresh! This is a great twist on a simple hairstyle and it is an amazing choice for any event. This hairstyle is difficult to create yourself, so don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend or a professional for help!
15. Reverse braided top knot
1616 Low side chignon
We love Lauren’s low side chignon bun hairstyle because it is sophisticated and cute at the same time! To create this look for yourself, start by straightening your hair to ensure that it is smooth and manageable. Next, part your hair so that it is heavier on one side and separate a two inch section of hair from the front of the heavier side. With the rest of your hair, create a low side ponytail on the heavier side. Wrap your hair loosely around the hairband and fasten your bun with a few pins. Now, using the separated section from the front, twist the hair and pin it so that it drapes gently into the top of your bun. This is the perfect low bun hairstyle for any event!
16. Low side chignon
1717 Low bun with twist
Nina’s gorgeous low bun is a gorgeous “twist” on a classic style! Although recreating this style exactly will probably require an extra pair of hands, here is an easy DIY way to replicate this look: First, start by creating a side part and separating out a two inch section of hair from the front of each side. Next, twist each side and pin it to the back of your hair. Now, gather the rest of your hair and create a simple low bun!
17. Low bun with twist
1818 Sleek chignon
Although this bun hairstyle is super elegant, it is so easy to duplicate! Create a side part, and comb your hair so that it is sleek and smooth against your scalp. Next, just wrap your hair a few times to create a low bun and fasten with bobby pins!
18. Sleek chignon
1919 Loose side chignon with side bangs
Chignons are often sleek and smooth, but Jennifer demonstrates how elegant they can look when they are loose! We especially love how she paired this casual chignon with elegant earrings!
19. Loose side chignon with side bangs
2020 Sleek side chignon with side bangs
Rachel’s sleek side chignon is understated, but it is the perfect low bun hairstyle to wear for any occasion! Though you wear this style with no bangs, we love how cute Rachel’s bangs look with the rest of her hair pulled back!
20. Sleek side chignon with side bangs
2121 Low bun with blunt bangs
Leona’s simple low bun looks amazing with her blunt bangs. Although bangs always look awesome with pulled back hair, the contrast between her dramatic bangs and the simplicity of her bun is beyond gorgeous!
21. Low bun with blunt bangs
2222 Messy low bun
The key to achieving Rebecca’s messy low bun look is prepping your hair before styling. You want to add a lot of volume to your roots and use a texturizing spray to create beachy waves. After you have created a voluminous wavy texture, just pull your hair back into a simple low bun!
22. Messy low bun
2323 Loose wavy low bun with headband
Charlize’s loose wavy bun is adorable on its own, but we think that her sparkly headband is to thank for why this has become one of her most famous hairstyle successes!
23. Loose wavy low bun with headband
2424 Low bun with side part and braids
Braids are a great way to spice up any bun hairstyle! To duplicate this look, create a side part and make a braid on one side. Gather the rest of your hair into a low ponytail. Using a section of hair from the ponytail, create another braid. Now, just wrap your ponytail (including the braid) around the ponytail fastener and secure your bun with bobby pins!
24. Low bun with side part and braids
2525 Low bun with side part and double front braids
This gorgeous low bun looks edgy and bohemian at the same time! The best part about this awesome bun hairstyle is how easy it is to recreate! Start by parting your hair in the middle. Next, create a front braid on each side and fasten it to the back of your scalp. Now, just gather the rest of your hair into a low bun!
As you can see from this list, buns are an incredibly gorgeous and flattering option if you want to wear your hair up. Whether you just want keep your hair out of the way in a stylish way or you want to wear a stunning updo for a fancy event, buns are always a great hairstyle choice!
25. Low bun with side part and double front braids
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