8 Celeb-Approved Ways to Upgrade a Bun
While many hair trends and styles come and go, the bun has truly stood the test of time. Dating back to ancient Greece (though probably much earlier—we bet the Neanderthals whipped their hair up into a knot with a bone or something), the bun has seen centuries of wear in various eye-catching forms. The best part about a bun is that it's difficult to mess up—even if some rogue hairs spring loose from your topknot, it'll still be en vogue, and people will probably think you intended for it to look that way. Do your own bun skills go past a quick messy bun? If not, not to worry—we pulled together some of our favorite celebrity styles to inspire your next 'do. Keep scrolling for some bun inspiration!
Ever the queen of buns (we're talking hair here, people), J.Lo's thick, textured topknot is only made better by the messy, parted-down-the-middle crown area preceding it. Spray some of Ouai's Texturizing Hair Spray ($26) from roots to ends and rough up your strands with your fingers to provide just the right amount of volume and gritty texture to create the style.
Growing out your bangs? Instead of trying to hide them, integrate them into your style like Sienna Miller did above. Part your hair to the side, give bangs a gentle twist, and pin them back so the ends hang loose. Then, pull hair into a low chignon, et voilà!
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's looped bun can be made by slicking back hair into a ponytail, lifting the end of the pony, tucking it up and underneath so that it forms a loop (being sure to leave some length out), and twisting the remaining hair up around the hair tie, finally pinning it underneath the loop. To get that high-gloss shine, try sliding some TO112 Serum ($21) throughout your strands before pulling your hair back.
Olivia Culpo's messy knotted bun is a great day-to-night option. Should it face a little wear and tear throughout the day, no worries—the misplaced pieces only add to its charm.
Similar to Rosie's sleek, low bun, we're crazy for Chrissy Teigen's oversize chignon. Add a few tracks of extensions (we promise they're not as scary as they sound) to bump up the volume and make a fatter bun.
Gigi Hadid's plaited bun is the perfect Saturday-night hairstyle. Pull hair taught into a tight ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Next, braid the ponytail down to the ends, then wrap it around the hair tie. Finally, pancake the braid (pull it apart so that it gets wider) as you see fit.
Ciara's bun is the perfect example of how a messy 'do can somehow work seamlessly on the red carpet. We love how she's parted some face-framing fringe down the center of her crown and let it hang outside of the loose updo. To add a little wave to your fringe like Ciara, spritz on a little Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($25) and scrunch.
Above, Emmy Rossum's chic, twisted bun is accessorized with an interlocking Eva Fehren bracelet. Dress up your own bun with barrettes or another rhinestone accessory to add a little glitz to your 'do.
What's your favorite way to wear a bun? Tell us below!