8 Times Low Buns Were Way Cooler Than Topknots
Buns don’t fail us (ever). Time and again, they’re our go-to for adding an element of polish to an otherwise thrown-together look. Running late for work? Attending an event without any time to primp? A bun works every. single. time. Somehow, they keep us looking like the punctual, fully functioning adults we sometimes fail to be.
Here at Byrdie, we’ve noticed that the cool girls of the beauty world are bringing back an old favorite: low buns. Five years ago, they were noticeably missing from Pinterest boards, save for the odd wedding or prom post. For the longest time, they were outshone for the sky-high topknots.
Although we still love a good topknot on a lazy Sunday, we think it’s high time to switch things up with an easy, elegant neck-grazing style. Keep scrolling to see eight gorgeous low buns you’ll want to add to your repertoire immediately!
A few extra twists take this bun from average to gorgeous, without being so done up that it looks like you’re going to prom. Divide your hair into three sections: front left, front right, and back. Gather your hair in the back into a basic bun, and then loosely twist sections from the front back toward your bun. Use bobby pins to pin them in place. Finish by pulling out face-framing pieces at the front. If you want to go the extra mile, try curling them with Bed Head's Curlipops Tapered Curling Iron Wand ($30).
A slicked-back bun is sleek enough to wear to work and cool enough to last through the weekend. Spritz your tresses with a shine spray like L’Oréal’s Advanced Haircare Nutrigloss Shine Elixir ($6), which will add an otherworldly sheen to your strands. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a hair tie. Braid the ponytail and then twist it up and around into a perfect chignon. Yes, it’s decided: This is our new Friday hair uniform.
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Go figure—an effortless-looking bun that is actually effortless to create. Start by adding body near the crown of your head with Briogeo’s Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer Spray ($20). This will keep the style fresh and chic all day. Then, simply gather your hair into a low ponytail and pull it through a hair tie. Twist the tie and pull your hair through a second time, only bringing half of the ponytail through to form this easy bun.
A fishtail braid is the basis for this low, intricate bun. Start with a texturizing spray before braiding to ensure a grippy texture and all-day hold. We recommend Amika Un.Done Texture Spray ($24). After the prep is done, start a fishtail braid at the top of the ear on one side of the head. Braid all the way to the bottom and secure with an elastic. Take the rest of the hair that’s not braided, and twist into a bun at the nape of the neck. Then, take the braid and drape it over the top, securing with bobby pins. Voilà! A laid-back low bun, perfect for shopping and brunch.
This loose bun is unexpectedly polished, thanks to sleek strands and megawatt shine. Straighten your hair with a flatiron like DryBar's The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron ($150), and then gather it at shoulder height, leaving a one-inch piece of hair out. Fold it in half and wrap a hair tie around it. Use the leftover piece of hair to cover the elastic, and pin it underneath your bun. Since it’s tied loose, spritz with Living Proof’s Flex Shaping Hairspray ($25).
Make a center part in your hair, and then divide it into two sections. Twist both sections away from your face until they meet at the nape of your neck. Tie it off with a hair tie, and then twist your hair to form a bun. Use bobby pins to hold it in place, and don’t forget to mist your new ’do with a hair spray so it lasts all day. Try a strong hold finish like Bumble and Bumble’s Bb. Strong Finish Firm Hold Hairspray ($30).
If sleek buns are more your style, try this version. Part your hair down the middle, using a pomade to ensure your hair stays slick. We like Ouai’s Matte Pomade ($24). Before brushing your hair back into a low ponytail, smooth a shine serum like Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ($5) onto the ends of your hair. Secure it with a hair tie and wrap it around itself to form the simple yet sophisticated bun, and finish with a few pins.
If you’re looking for something outside the box, try these ultra-cool double-braided buns. They might look like they took you all day, but we promise they’re easier than what meets the eye. Part your hair down the middle and smooth in some Keranique Thickening and Texturizing Mousse ($20). This will add grip and volume to your strands. Twist your hair back on either side of your head and pin. You should have loose hair at the nape of your neck, reminiscent of pigtails. Simply fishtail-braid all the way down, secure with elastic, and then twist up into a bun on either side of your neck. Finish with hair spray.
Which of these low buns would you try? Or will you be sticking with your topknot? Let us know in the comments! Then, you have to see Hailey Baldwin’s major hair transformation.