When I was a kid, I took ballet for nearly five years, and those two hour-long classes were always the highlight of my week.
But it wasn’t my love for dance that had me so excited to take my turn at the barre — because, in all honesty, I’m not exactly the world’s most graceful dancer. It was how I got to dress up: there was just something about the leotard, tights, little chiffon skirt, and pink ballet shoes that made me feel so pretty.
My favorite part of the whole look, though, was definitely the bun.
Because with my hair pulled up in a top knot, I always felt just a little bit more elegant.
So even now, years later, the bun is still one of my go-to hairstyles for days when I want to look a little more sophisticated – or my hair is seriously misbehaving. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for any occasion, so what’s not to love?
If you’re a fan of the bun too but are a little bored with the same old top knot, here are a few new twists on the same old style to keep your look fresh.
An easy way to make your bun look a little more special is to incorporate a braid. The look works best with long hair, though, so if you have shorter locks, clip in some extensions to give you added length. Pull all of your hair to one side of your head and braid it – you can do a standard braid or really take your look up a notch by going for a fishtail style. Twist the braid up and around itself, using bobby pins to secure it in place. For a soft, romantic look, pull a few pieces of hair loose to frame your face. Spray your tresses with a flexible hold hairspray such as the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray to keep the bun in place all day.
Keep It Low
A high top knot isn’t the only way to wear a bun. For a more casual, relaxed look, try a low side bun. Start with damp hair and apply a smoothing serum like the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum. Blow dry your locks and then use a curling iron with at least a 1 ½ inch barrel to create some loose curls for extra volume. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and twist it into a bun. You can use bobby pins to secure the bun or a hair elastic – just leave a strand of hair free so you can wrap it around the elastic to hide it.
Mess It Up
A traditional ballerina bun is all about being neat and polished, but if prefer a more low-key look, a messy, Bohemian-inspired bun is the perfect alternative. Pull your hair into a fairly high ponytail at the back of your head and secure it with an elastic. Take small sections of the pony and wrap them around the base and secure them with bobby pins until all of your hair is up. You can twist the sections for added texture, but don’t worry about the bun being perfect — a messy, haphazard look is what you’re going for, so let loose ends fall out naturally.
Give a simple low bun major style by going for a criss-cross look. Start by gathering your locks in a low pony just above the nape of the neck, leaving a section of hair free on either side of your face. Secure the pony with an elastic and pin it up into a bun. Take one of the sections of loose hair and pull it over the back of your head to twist it into the bun, securing it in place with bobby pins. Pull the section from the opposite side across the back of your head so it criss-crosses the first section. Secure it in place in the bun with pins and apply a little shine spray like the Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray to finish off the look.