17 Cool-Looking (And Easy) Buns for Long Hair

Updated 04/24/19

Those of us with long hair have a love/hate relationship with it. On good hair days, we love showing it off (there's really nothing like a good hair flip). On bad hair days, all we want to do is hide it from the world. Our go-to hairstyle for those bad days? A bun.

A bun is just easy. It keeps our hair out of our faces in a secure way that a ponytail just doesn't. It's also relatively low-maintenance and pretty much goes with everything. The best part: There are so many ways to wear one. We scoured the world (aka Instagram and Google) and rounded up the buns that our favorite celebrities have been wearing. From structured knots to mini buns, we've got it all covered—and for different hair textures too.

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If you're running around doing errands, take a cue from Gigi Hadid and slick back your hair into a low, tight bun. All you have to do is gather all your hair, pull it tight so that no strands are loose, twist it in a circle, and secure with a ponytail. 

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Dress up a high bun with some hair accessories. Here, Janelle Monáe wore pearls all over her high bun to match her dress. 

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We're really digging the whole '90s style revival that's going on right now. Khloé Kardashian called her look "Spice Girls buns," giving us major throwback feels. Part your hair down the middle, gather one side, bring all strands up to the top of your head, twist, and secure with a ponytail and bobby pins. Repeat on the other side. 

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Buns don't necessarily mean you're using all your hair. If you want to keep your hair down, do what Joan Smalls did and style mini buns near the top of the hairline.

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Zendaya gathered her natural hair directly on top of her head in a loose bun. One move and you're done!

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Model Liu Wen wore a structured bun at this year's Met Gala. To make yours look clean and completely slicked back, use the right hair spray

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Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan said she was getting "knotty" with Kerry Washington when describing this bun, which fell at an angle on the head.

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Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin showed us how a clean, knotted bun can look really refined. 

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We love the way Kelly Rowland styled her braids in a half-up, half-down style. 

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The easiest way to dress up a "can't be bothered" topknot? Add a sleek black ribbon and embrace your flyaways. Instant upgrade. 

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Leave it to Yara Shahidi to prove that double buns (or space buns) aren't strictly reserved for General Leia's princess days.

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Kendall Jenner proved that a casual sky-high topknot can be sophisticated and red carpet–worthy when paired with wispy bangs and statement earrings. Fortunately, we know exactly how to re-create Kendall Jenner's iconic topknot

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We love how Joy Bryant styled her cornrow braids with a makeshift high bun—easy and effortless. 

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A side-swept braided bun is easy to execute and makes you look instantly polished, as proven by Charlize Theron. 

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A little glitter never hurt nobody. If you're feeling daring, slick your strands down into a deep side part, gather into a low bun at the nape of your neck, then sprinkle golden glitter down your part à la Gaultier's fall 2017 runway.

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Imaxtree

Time to test gravity's limits. Flip your head over and gather your strands into a topknot close to your forehead like Justine Marjan did with models at Cushnie et Ochs' spring 2018 show. 

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Leave it to Rihanna to show us how chic a relaxed bun looks. When you gather and twist hair at the top of your head, just keep it loose rather than wrapping around super tight, and leave some front strands drooping by your face. 

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