199 Bun Hairstyles for Women in 2018 (Low, Braided, High etc.)

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The bun hairstyle is a classic for women and men. There are all kinds you can do such as low, high, braided, double and others.  They help keep hair out of your face while being a little more elegant than a simple ponytail.

Below is a large and growing photo collection of many different types of bun hairstyles for women.  Enjoy.

Kelly Ripa with hair bun arrives at the 84th Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA
 
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“JDivas Duo” - two of my most requested styles combined. ❤️🖤

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Arreglo para ella 😘

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Bun hairstyle added by metallic silver and purple is a party-favorite!
 
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• Hoppas ni får en fin söndag vänner ❤• #elinjohanson #elinmetromode

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This bun hairstyle added by a shade of ash blonde color looks gorgeous on heart-shaped faces.

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Long and straight, emerald green hair with blunt bangs arranged into this creative hairstyle with twin buns.

Long and black hair arranged into a messy bun. The tousled look is incorporated with straight, blunt bangs to balance out the overall finish.

Felicity Jones looking so fine and elegant with her neat updo

Felicity Jones looking so fine and elegant with her neat updo worn at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Shantel VanSanten attends a party with this neat high bun.

Shantel vanSanten looking glamorous with this neat, high bun and nude-toned dress. This photo was taken last April 14, 2011 at the OK magazine 'Sexy Singles Party'.

Two-toned cornrows arranged into a chunky, high bun and enhanced with decorative beads and cuffs. This look is creative yet appropriate for formal get-ups.

Sophia Bush looking like a charming princess with her gorgeous upstyle incorporated with straight bangs. This look was worn at the White House Correspondents Dinner held last April 27, 2013.

Sophia Bush looking like a charming princess with her gorgeous upstyle incorporated with straight bangs. This look was worn at the White House Correspondents Dinner held last April 27, 2013.

Thick and curly hair in medium length, arranged into a gorgeous high bun where the silver highlights are highly emphasized.

Sophia Bush looking all classy and stylish at the LA premiere of 'The Green Hornet'. She wore this neat bun and dazzling dress that complemented each other pretty well.

Sophia Bush looking all classy and stylish at the LA premiere of 'The Green Hornet'. She wore this neat bun and dazzling dress that complemented each other pretty well.

Medium-length hair can also achieve a beautiful updo. This fancy roll is enhanced with some highlights that creatively emphasize the flow of the strands.

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A typical low bun made extra special by adding in some twisted details and a decorative hair pin.

Last Janury 5, 2017, Michelle Monaghan indeed slayed at the premiere of "Sleepless" with a tight, high bun and a dazzling dress that screams haute couture.

Last Janury 5, 2017, the American actress indeed slayed at the premiere of "Sleepless" with a tight, high bun and a dazzling dress that screams haute couture.

During the LA premiere of "The Best of Me" last October 7, 2014, the actress paired her detailed red dress with a simple and messy low bun with tendrils.

During the LA premiere of "The Best of Me" last October 7, 2014, the actress paired her detailed red dress with a simple and messy low bun with tendrils.

A massive, messy bun secured with a bandana for extra style. Although this element is not that exraordinary, it still gives this look a chic finish.

How popular are bun hairstyles?

They’re quite popular these days when you look at search trends online.  Here’s a chart of the term “bun hairstyles” from Google:

As you can see this style is trending upward quite nicely and has been for some time.

Types of Hair Buns

Chart setting out the different types of hair buns for women

Ballerina

Ballerinas need to be able to keep their hair out of their face while they are dancing, which is why this is such a popular hairstyle, but it isn’t only worn by dancers. If you want to look like a ballerina and enjoy the same hairstyle, then you need to make a very ordered and tight chignon that is in the shape of a donut and located either at the top or the side of the head. This is a great option if you want to make sure that your hair is kept out of your face and looks nice and neat. One key to making sure that your bun looks like a true ballerina bun is to keep any flyaways smoothed down and pinned in place. It can be very difficult for people who have shorter hair to achieve this type of bun.

Low

Low buns are worn at the nape of the neck and are generally not very fancy, although you can use flowers or hairpins to make them look a little bit more decorative. While most types of bun look best when there is plenty of long hair to style and to form into the bun, this type of bun is a good option for people who have shorter hair and still want to be able to put their hair into a bun. People with shorter hair will need to use hair pins or bobby pins to help keep their strands in place, while people who have longer hair can hide the pins inside the bun where they won’t be as obvious.

Messy

If you want to get your hair up and off of your neck, but you don’t want to look like you have tried too hard, then a messy bun may be a great option for you. This type of bun is typically worn high on the back of the head or even on the top of the head, and all strands of hair are tucked up into it. Part of the appeal of this type of bun is that it doesn’t matter whether the strands hang out or if the bun is perfectly smooth. While some people like to wear this type of bun out and about, others rely on it as a quick and easy way to get their hair out of their face when they are in a hurry.

Chignon

This is the simplest of all types of bun and is the basis of many different types of buns, including low and ballerina. A chignon bun is very functional as it will trap all of the hair on your head and keep it off of your neck and from falling in your face. Additionally, this type of bun is a classic bun that can be dressed up for a fancy event or quickly put into place with a simple hair elastic. While some people think that a chignon tends to be very plain, they are often worn in weddings as the hair can be wrapped intricately around the bun for a fancy and impressive look.

Braided

Braided buns are made in the same way that chignon buns are, but instead of relying on loose hair to make the bun, you first need to put your hair into a braid. Make sure that you secure the end of your braid with a rubber band so that the hair will not come loose after you have formed the bun, which will cause you to have to start from the beginning again. You then coil the braid around itself to form a bun on the back of your head. While it may be tempting to secure the bun using a rubber band, this will cause the bun to compress and look misshapen. Rather, rely on bobby pins so that you can pin the bun into place to keep it from unwinding.

Floral

This type of bun is very popular for use in a wedding or at a fancy dance, such as prom. While it is very similar to a chignon bun, the floral bun has a few differences. To make this type of bun you first need to coil some of the hair into the correct bun shape. Once this is secured to the back of the head, pieces of hair are twisted around and then attached over the bun, which creates a 3D floral look that is very attractive and interesting. If you really want to make this bun live up to its name, then it is a good idea to include a flower pinned near the bun.

Big Fancy

This is a very high chignon that is allowed to remain messy and bloated, which makes it look like the person wearing the bun has a lot more hair than they actually do. When worn high up on the back of the head or even on the top of the head, it is very easy to embellish this bun with hair accessories to draw attention to it and make it look even more impressive. This bun is often embellished with flowers, bows, and ribbons to complete the look. Because it is not as imperative for the hair to lay flat with this type of bun, it is a great option for people in a hurry who want to style their hair and get out the door.

Bohemian

If you want to elevate your messy bun a little bit to really complete your outfit or make it look like you put a little more effort into your style, then you will want to consider a bohemian bun. Before forming the bun, you first need to take some hair and braid a long braid, leaving it out of the bun when you secure it on the back of your head. This braid is then wrapped around the base of the bun and secured so that it will remain in place throughout the day. The braid is a great way to hide any pins or bands that are used to hold the bun in place and will help to make this bun look a little bit more impressive.

Bow

This type of bun is a great way to enjoy the benefits of having your hair in a bun and out of your face, while adding a little personal style to your hair. Rather than forming the hair into a round bun on the back of your head, you first need to secure your hair into a high ponytail. Leave out a strand of hair that you will use once the bun is formed and then form a loose, yet sleek bun. Any stray strands of hair will prevent this bun from looking its best, so it’s important to take your time during this step. When the bun is secure, then the loose pieces of hair need to be twisted together and used to divide the bun into the shape of a bow. Secure the strands so that they won’t come loose, and make sure to pull them tight enough to make sure that the bow’s shape is obvious.

Easy Twisty

This bun looks a lot more complicated than it actually is and is a great way to make a fancy updo for an event without spending a lot of time on your hair. By forming two braids at the same height on the back of your head and then twisting them together, you can easily form this bun. There are a few things to take into consideration when you opt for an easy twisty bun. The first is that you want to use clear rubber bands to secure your braids so that they won’t be obvious when you twist your braids together. You also need to make sure that the ends of your braids are secured inside the bun, not left hanging out, as otherwise the bun will look very messy and unkempt.

Braid Bun

This type of bun is almost exactly like the bohemian bun, except that it is not as messy as the bohemian bun. While the bohemian bun is formed in a messy chignon with loose strands of hair that are allowed to hang down from the bun all around the head and even around the face, a braid bun is much more ordered, shaped like a donut, and is slicked so that there aren’t any stray hairs that are trying to escape the bun. Once the bun is in shape, then a small braid is coiled around the base and pinned into place so that it can’t move. Both the braid and the bun need to be very neat and styled so that there isn’t any loose hair.

Milkmaid

A milkmaid bun is a fun way to elevate a regular low bun with a braid. Begin by separating the hair at the back of the head to be used in the bun from some hair that you can use to make the braid. The bun is generally neat and tight, not left to be messy, as the messiness of a bun will compete with the attractive form of the braid. The braid then needs to start on one side of the head and surround the entire head, framing the face, before it is pinned in place underneath the bun. One problem that some people experience with this type of bun is that the braid doesn’t always want to stay in place. You can combat this by using some strategically placed bobby pins to keep the braid from slipping.

Hot Crossed

To really update your braided bun and make a splash with something that will not only keep your hair out of your face but ensure that you look great, opt for a combination of braids that start at the face and a bun. A low bun that is tight and free of flyaways looks great with paired with braids. Begin by braiding two sections of hair, one from each side of the face, and pulling them towards the back of your head. Once you have secured your bun tightly and securely to your head then you can wrap the braids around the bun and secure them at the base. This is just a little more fancy than other, more basic, types of braids and looks great for any occasion.

Chic

While braids can be very simple and messy for a relaxed look, they can also look very refined and classy. A chic bun that is very low on the neck and rolled into shape rather than wrapped into a doughnut looks amazing. The elongated shape of this bun is not only very attractive, it’s just a little bit different from typical buns, which is sure to attract the attention of anyone who sees it. The most important thing to remember when you opt for this type of bun is that you want to make sure that your pins are all hidden so that they do not stick out and ruin the classy effect that you desire.

Knots

You can upgrade your normal low bun into something a little bit different by taking a section of hair, twisting it, and then wrapping it around the base of the bun. This clearly defines the bun. Instead of pulling the bun tight to the head and forming it into a doughnut, allow part of the bun to hang down in a loop. This creates a more relaxed appearance without allowing the bun to look messy. Because of this, you can easily wear this bun to most any function without worrying about looking out of place.

French Twist

This is easily one of the classiest of all buns that you can do, and it looks great no matter whether you are going to work or are in a wedding. When you are going to style a French twist, you will want to wash your hair the day before, but not the day of, as the oils in your hair will help to hold the style in place. To make sure that your French twist looks the best that it can, you will want to make sure that you carefully smooth any loose hairs into place and keep them from coming loose, which will make the whole hairdo look a lot more casual. If you struggle with doing a French twist and want a little additional help, then there are some great combs on the market that will make this process a lot easier, especially when you are working on your own head.

Tendril

For a more relaxed look that works perfectly both day and night, opt for a bun that has some tendrils of hair that have escaped and are gently resting around your face. These tendrils soften the look and will prevent the bun from looking harsh and unnatural. The best way to make sure that your tendrils add to the beauty of your bun and don’t make it look haphazard is to pull your hair into a bun and secure it before gently pulling out a few tendrils. The tendrils can then rest around your face and will fall naturally. You can use this style no matter what type of bun you opt for, as they will soften the look and make it look more natural.

Half

A half bun is when the top part of your hair is pulled back into a bun near the top of your head while the rest of the hair is allowed to hang loose around your shoulders. This is a great option if you want to enjoy a casual look that still looks a bit nicer than having all of your hair loose or if you are worried about hair getting into your face, as you can keep everything pulled away from your eyes. This type of bun is ideal no matter how long your hair is, as you can easily adjust the bun’s location on your hair to ensure that your hair looks the best that it can. It’s a great option for people who have thinner hair, as you can easily curl the rest of your hair and make it look more voluminous.

Ponybun

Unlike other types of buns that hold the hair securely, the pony bun is a cross between a bun and a ponytail and allows for a lot more movement from the hair. Once the hair has been pulled into a ponytail, instead of pulling the hair all of the way through the rubber band on the final pass, it is left pulled only halfway through. This keeps the hair off of the neck in the way that you are accustomed to with a full bun, but allows for more movement and is easy to take in and out of your hair. Some of the hair is left dangling out of the bun.

Decorated

If you want to make sure that your hair bun looks the nicest that it can, then you need to make sure that you use jewels or flowers to decorate your bun. These are a wonderful way to quickly make your hair appear much nicer and fancier without a lot of effort. No matter whether you have opted for a loose bun or one that is more secure and doesn’t have any flyaways, when you decorate your bun you are sure to love the way that it looks. Decorations can match the rest of your outfit if you want something that will fit with your style, or they can be a different color if you want something that adds interest without matching.

Twin

Two buns up on the side or top of the head are very cute and are a fun and easy style to do. These buns look great of people of all ages and are a great way to keep hair out of your face and off your neck. Because the hair doesn’t all have to reach a center point on the back of the head, these buns are ideal if your hair is a little short. You can, with the help of some bobby pins or other clips, easily control your hair and ensure that it goes where you want it to. Twin buns are going to be a lot smaller than other types of buns, but that is part of the charm and appeal.

Lace Braided

This type of bun is much more intricate than other braided buns, but the end result is worth it. When you have a lace braided bun, then the hair of the bun is actually included in the braid itself. The result is a bun that looks like it was braided onto the head. This is not an easy bun to learn how to do, but with a little practice and patience you can easily accomplish it. This style is perfect if you want an updo that will work for both day and night looks, as it is perfect for an evening out but still looks great at work.

Ladder Braided

This type of bun stars with a ladder braid down the length of a ponytail and then the bun is carefully twisted into place, making sure that the braid is always visible on the outside of the bun. If you are not careful to place the ladder braid where it can be seen, then you will not get the full effect from this great braid. It’s generally one that you will perform on another person, as it can be very difficult to see what you are doing and have the patience to hold your arms up long enough to finish the ladder braid.

Sock

A sock bun is a great way to add a lot of volume to your hair quickly and easily. By using part of an old sock to roll up your bun and give it definition, you can quickly create a bun that looks much thicker than it would if you were to only use your natural hair. This type of bun is generally a little bit messy, but not as messy or loose as a bohemian bun.


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