Let’s talk buns! Not the ones you work on in the gym but the ones you work on at the hairdressers - or at home - because in the style stakes nothing wins over an elegant up-do or a sexy top knot. We've got 8 bun styles to share with you!
One of the reasons buns are so popular is that there’s so many variations on them. Nape buns, space buns, high buns, even wet buns – that’s right you don’t even have to have to completely dry your hair to create a bun – and a wet bun is a great trick if you’re late for work. Note though, to minimise breakage when pulling up wet hair make sure you towel dry or rough dry it first.
So let’s look at these different types of bun hairstyles and importantly give you the low –down on how to make them happen at home with the help of VS Sassoon Stylist Rob Reeves. Read on to find out how to create our 8 fave bun styles.
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Nape buns scream sophistication and nobody does a nape bun better than Cate Blanchett who often sports this style during awards season. Pictured at Cannes - and hugging it out with Angelina Jolie - Cate’s bun here is making us very jealous.
It’s simple to create yet a glamourous, perfect red carpet look. “This is a gorgeous style,” agrees Rob Reeves. “You don’t even have to have long hair to recreate it as you can just add a hair piece. I’m betting that’s what Cate has done here and she’s also added a hair broach which is so on-trend right now.” To get this look all you have to do is:
While Cate’s look is high glam no doubt about it, you don’t have to wait for a formal event to get your bun on. More relaxed options on the classic bun can work any time. Space buns are a good example. Cute and whimsical they brighten up any day and work well for off-duty occasions.
This is such a favorite of mine,” says Rob. “People often ask me - how do you do two space buns? And really it couldn’t be easier. It works best on day old hair”.
Another great take on the casual bun is a half-up top knot. Often seen at music festivals from Coachella to Splendour, this look benefits from a few added waves and/or braids. “Braided buns and top knots are very popular and I personally love them as they add interest and texture. I actually did a tutorial on how to get a 90s-inspired Top Knot so check out how easy this hairstyle is to do yourself at home” says Rob.
“The main thing to remember is that you don’t have to have super long hair for this look but it does need to be shoulder length or slightly above shoulder length to work best.
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So we’ve touched on how braids can add interest to a top knot but they also add interest to a more formal bun as well, giving them a slight edge. You don’t have to go for a straight braid or plait – you can go for a fishtail braid as Amber Heard has done here. “She looks totally sensational,” says Rob.
To get this look:
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Messy Buns are another go-to fave look for celebs and we’re a fan of them too! Gigi Hadid has done a great take in this picture. “The secret to Gigi’s bun is the curls,” explains Rob. “If you have natural curls, then half the work is done for you. Otherwise you’ll need to use your 25mm Ceramic Curler to create smoothness, shine and softness before you create this bun. We’ve also created a tutorial that shows you how to achieve a similar soft, side bun using this curler.
If you’re not confident at creating curls, I suggest using an auto-curler like the Curl Secret Optimum – it creates a range of curls all perfect for creating messy buns! You can also achieve body for your bun by creating waves instead of curls. Use a straightener for this – try the VS Sassoon Straight & Curl Brilliance.
We can’t fit all our favourite bun hairstyles into a detailed step-by-step guide, but we have to give an honorable mention to a few more of our favourite styles here;
Towel and air dry hair then “Comb hair through to the ends - use a wide tooth comb not a brush as hair is more fragile when it’s wet,” advises Rob. “Then comb it up into a high pony and secure hair with an elastic. Then divide your pony into two and tie a knot with it in the same way as you would knot your shoelaces as part of a bow. Pull tight and wrap each end around the knot and secure with bobby pins leaving the very ends down and there you have it.”
Rob explains, “If you want to create a wet look that lasts and doesn’t become fluffy when dry, apply a good amount of styling gel mixed with serum then follow the above steps.
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J Sister, Pryankra Chopra, goes undercover as a librarian – minus the glasses!
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How to do a high bun? According to Rob, you just brush your hair up into a high pony and secure with an elastic. Then you have to twist the ponytail a few times then wrap it around the pony and pin into a bun. Easy!
So there you have it - some great bun inspo and step by step guides. You’re welcome.
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