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Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles

/ 04.03.2014
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  • Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles
  • Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles
  • Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles
  • Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles
  • Mastering that bun: A brief guide to 5 top bun styles

Today's iconic hairstyle is definitely the bun. Let's crack this topic open by catching a glimpse of five of the top bun styles out there: top knot, messy top bun, ballerina bun, and braided bun.

The top knot

Top Knot (the clean version): The top knot is elegant, because it doesn't involve a lot of frizz, flow or funk. This style says that you're prepared, in control, and, above all: chic.

To create this look, start with a high pony tail and twist the hair. Wrap the pony tail around the base of the elastic (firmly), and secure with numerous bobby pins. This isn't a ballerina bun, so pull the hair over the top of your bun before securing. It's a knot, and that's just what it will remain.

Messy top bun

Now, let's take a look at the messy top bun. It's time to embrace a little chaos and get our hands a little dirty. The great thing is, you can't ruin this look by being somewhat sloppy, because it is more about vision than it is about technique.

To create this look, you don't necessarily need to start with a pony tail. Try just wrapping your hair up in whatever form of bun you can, and as high up as you can go. For thicker hair: try two elastics to secure. Next, pull out loose loops and stray pieces. Additional tip: if you do use a pony tail to start, tease the ends and then wrap and pin. Once it's ready, pin it to secure that wild thing! We don't want to get... too crazy.

Ballerina bun

This one's definitely a pretty and tidy choice. This one is compact and composed. Hint: if you want this bun to perform well, think pins, pins, pins.

Pull your hair to the back of your head and secure tightly with an elastic. For this look, tidiness is quintessential. Twist the hair firmly and wrap around the elastic. For this particular look try your best to pin it securely against the head. Securing the pins in an equidistant fashion should help the bun stick.

Braided Bun

This look is textured and elaborate. This bun is heavy-duty and worthy of awe. Once again, get out your army of pins.

To create this look, simply get braiding (French braiding or regular), and then twist your way into a bun formation. You'll probably want to create just a few braids throughout your hair and mix them in with your bun. Secure with those pins and smooth any fly-aways.

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