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Nice Buns: A Simple Hairstyle for Every Occasion

  • Nice Buns: A Simple Hairstyle for Every Occasion
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  • The Tucked-In Chignon
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    The Tucked-In Chignon
    Wear it to a Monday morning meeting.

    Get the Look:
    Brush your hair, and then gather it into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Wrap the ponytail into a bun, and tuck the tail underneath the chignon (kind of like you’re making a knot). Pull out a few small pieces of hair out of the bun to achieve that model-off-duty vibe. Then just tackle any obvious flyaways with a spritz of hairspray, and you’re out the door.

     

  • The Big Bun
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    The Big Bun
    Wear it to GNO.

    Get the Look:
    When you’re going for this much fullness, you’ll want second-day dirty hair and a little help from your trusty dry shampoo. Start by pulling your hair into ponytail, and texturize it with a healthy dose of dry shampoo or volumizing spray. Then, simply build the look by looping small or medium-sized sections of your hair into a bun, and pinning them into place.

     

  • The Super Smooth Sock Bun
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    The Super Smooth Sock Bun
    Wear it to a black tie affair.

    Get the Look:
    First things first: you need an extra large sock bun or bun form to make this look. Brush your hair into a sky-high, super smooth ponytail. Insert your ponytail through the center of your bun form and roll it down. Smooth the hair over the donut and secure with an elastic around the entire bun. Leave one section out. Twist that section around the base of the bun to cover the elastic, and pin into place.

     

  • The Upside-Down Top Knot
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    The Upside-Down Top Knot
    Wear it on a Saturday morning.

    Get the Look:
    Pull your hair into a low ponytail. Tease the top section of your ponytail until you’ve made a little ball of volume. Flip the ponytail’s smoother bottom section over the teased area, haphazardly wrap the ends around the base of the ponytail, and pin in place. Muss it all up with your fingers and enjoy the finished look.

  • The Impossibly Messy Sock Bun
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    The Impossibly Messy Sock Bun
    Wear it to brunch with the girls.

    Get the Look:
    Again, you’re going to need a sock bun or bun form for this. First, add texture to your hair with a volumizing spray or dry shampoo. Then flip your head over, gather your hair into a high ponytail, and roll your bun form down, pulling out as many pieces as you please—the messier, the better.

     

  • The Baby Braided Bun
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    The Baby Braided Bun
    Wear it Wednesday.

    Get the Look:
    Loosely tie your hair in a low ponytail, lifting a few sections here and there around the crown of your head to soften the look. Create ½-inch braids from the ponytail. Secure each one with a clear elastic, leaving about an inch-long tail on each. Wind the braids into a bun and pin in place.

  • The Loosely Tied Loop
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    The Loosely Tied Loop
    Wear it to date night.

    Get the Look:
    Start with clean, straight hair. Smooth hair gloss over the ends of your hair, or spritz it with shine spray, and pull it into a loose ponytail at the nape of your neck. Flip the ponytail up once, letting an inch or so hang out at the top. Pull a piece or two out of the loop and tie it off. Take a small section of hair from the back and wrap it around the elastic.

  • The Sleek Chignon
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    The Sleek Chignon
    Wear it to dinner to meet his parents.

    Get the Look:
    The sleek chignon only works if your hair can accurately be described as sleek—although a flatiron can also help. Run some shine serum through your hair from root to tip, and then slick your shiny locks back into a low ponytail. Separate the ponytail into two sections. Wrap the first one into a bun, and then do the same with the second section, wrapping it around the first bun. Secure with bobby pins underneath the chignon.

  • The Undone Side Bun
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    The Undone Side Bun
    Wear it to an afternoon wedding or bridal shower.

    Get the Look:
    Pick a side for your part, and then sweep your strands over just behind the opposite ear. Gather your hair into a relaxed ponytail in your hands. Once you’re satisfied with the placement, twist the ponytail into a bun. Pin the sides all the way around, and lock it in place with generous coat of hairspray.

  • The Half Bun
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    The Half Bun
    Wear it to Happy Hour.

    Get the Look:
    Separate the top section of your hair. Smooth it back, creating a ponytail at the top of your head. Twist the hair into a bun and pin it in place with bobby pins. Rough up the sides that are down and reapply your lipstick, just for good measure.

Back in the day, we hated when our ballet teacher would single us out in class if we forgot to hairnet our bun. In those days, a bun was a very strict style, to be worn at the barre and the barre only. Now we have quite a different relationship with the prim look, thanks to the bun’s evolution into an inspiring, modern style. To prove our point, we’ve found a bun for every occasion, and best of all: hairnets aren’t required! 

Click through the above slideshow to see 10 stunning styles that won’t make you look like a bunhead.

 

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