Make Your Bun Less Basic: Cosmopolitan Feature


By Calrly Cardellino

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11 Ways to Make Your Bun Less Basic

Face it: Buns are basic. But there are days when you don’t want to wash or do your hair, so some dry shampoo and a top knot or low bun seem like the obvious (and only!) choice. It’s time to switch things up. asked hair wizard Sunnie Brook Jones to create 11 new styles for days when only a bun will do.

1. Twice-Twisted Bun.

Part your hair in line with the arch in your left eyebrow. Diagonally part down the back of your head to the right side of the nape of your neck. Starting with the hair to the left of your part, take two 2-inch sections and cross them over one another. As you continue to move down your hairline toward the nape of your neck, add more hair to the section every time you crisscross it to the right. Secure it with an elastic band when you get to the left side of the nape of your neck and repeat on the other side. When both sides are done, tie them together in a knot, tuck the ends underneath, and pin.

2. Half-Up Baby Top Knot.

Section your hair from your temples up toward the crown of your head. Pull your hair through a hair elastic twice, and then on the third time, don’t pull it through the entire way to create a looped bun. Lastly, pull some strands of hair in front of your ears and flatten the hair behind your ears (reducing volume) so the bits of hair in front pop.

 3. Chic Looped Bun.
Create a side part in line with the arch in your left eyebrow and sleekly pull your hair back. “This works perfectly if your hair is already dirty, just add hair oil to help slick it back,” says Jones. “It’s also a great wash-and-go style, if you don’t have time to blow your hair dry.” Either way, pull your hair into a low ponytail and pull it through a hair tie at least once and on the second time, don’t pull your hair all the way through to create a looped bun. Pro trick: If you’re going out with wet hair, apply a hydrating hair mask before you style it, so your strands can soak up the moisture all day long. Then, wash it out when you get home.

 4. Unpolished, Pretty Pinned Bun. 
If you don’t have the perfect texture of second-day dirty hair, create it using dry shampoo or texture spray to build up grip. Then, sweep your hair back and using one oversize, gorgeous pin, like the YS Park Gold 4″ Hair Pin used here, secure it into place. “Don’t spend more than a minute creating this undone bun, otherwise it will look too perfect,” Jones says. Finally, use a large-barrel curling iron to bend any flyaways to give your style separation along with that ethereal look.

 5. Braided Bun With a Touch of Frizz.
 If you find that you’re fighting your hair texture and it’s frizzing up on you, go with it! Embrace flyways by not smoothing the front frizz along your hairline so it looks intentional, and then pull your hair up into a high ponytail, braid it (you can choose to fishtail or three-strand braid it), and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Secure it with two bobby pins and you’re done!

Pull all the hair above your ears up into a ponytail at the crown of your head. Pull the hair through the elastic band twice but not fully through the third time, creating a loop. Then, pull the remainder of your hair into a ponytail and, using the same technique, create another looped bun directly underneath the top one. Finally, rub your hands back and forth over each bun to create flyaways and that dreamy, mussed finish.


7. Classic French Twist With a Cherry Bun on Top.

Whether you have short or long hair, pull your hair back at the base of your neck, twist it to the right, and lay it against your head with the ends facing up. Then, smooth the hair by spreading it from the bottom of the twist to the top to cover it and make it look polished. Finally, wrap the ends around themselves into a bun and pin them into place.

11. Off-Duty Ballerina Bun With Bangs.
Pull your hair into a tight, high ponytail and use the loop technique (where you don’t pull your ponytail through the elastic the entire way), so you have ends sticking out (this works best on long-haired girls, BTW). Then, turn the ends so they fall in front on your forehead. Slip on a cotton headband with the ends underneath. Boom: You’ve got bangs and a cool-girl bun.
  • I don’t often wear my hair in a bun but when I do it’s usually a messy one.