6 ways to make a bun

6 ways to make a bun
6 ways to make a bun

The updo is a hairstyle that lends itself to many circumstances: it can effectively hold your hair when it's time for chores, when you go to class, or turn into a fancy item for a night out. Here are some basic techniques to make a bun that is sometimes combed-disheveled, ballerina, braided, in socks, in order to highlight your hair every day!


Method 1 of 6: the messy-styled bun

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Step 1. Prep your hair

Brush your hair to loosen the knots. You can start this type of bun by parting or pulling your hair back.

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Step 2. Pull your hair back

Without brushing it, gather all of your hair from the front of your head and form a ponytail. Place the ponytail in the exact spot where the bun will stand.

  • For a sophisticated and modern look, gather your hair at the very top of your head, near the crown of your head. For a more professional look, pull your hair back to the back of your head, right in the middle. Alternatively, for a messy-styled bun, gather your hair just above the nape of the neck.
  • You can do an off-center bun for a playful look.
  • Since this is a messy-styled updo, don't bother to brush or run your fingers all the way through your hair as you gather it towards the back of your head.
  • Take all of your hair.

Step 3. Make a ponytail

Tie your hair into a tight ponytail held in place by a rubber band. For this, count at least three turns of elastic. On the last turn, do not pass the ponytail completely through the elastic. Concretely, you will have to form a sort of loop with half or a third of the ponytail, the end of which will remain stuck in the elastic.

Step 4. Make a messy-styled bun

Now that you have a kind of big curl, use the part that hangs down to surround the base of the ponytail, at the level of the elastic. Secure the whole thing with two or three bobby pins. With that done, divide the loop into two equal parts and tie each resulting section to either side of the elastic. Hold the set with other pins.

  • You don't have to split the curl in half, the goal is only to pin it so that it forms a bun.
  • You can add a bit of whimsy by taking a few strands of hair from the bun that you let hang loose or pin in a way that emphasizes the tousled-styled character of your bun.
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Step 5. Polish your bun

Spray a little hairspray on your bun to keep its shape. You can also add an accessory: a pretty headband, a decorated barrette placed at the very base of your bun.

Method 2 of 6: the top knot bun

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Step 1. Prep your hair

Remove tangles by combing or brushing your hair. Since this bun is done on straight hair, you don't have to part it: bring it back with a brush for a neat look or with your hands for a slightly less polished look.

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Step 2. Gather your hair at the top of your head

Gather your hair, starting at the front, then working through the back of your head, to form a high ponytail. Make sure the set forms a compact ponytail with no loose strands.

Step 3. Roll up your hair

Wind the ponytail on itself to get a kind of spiral. This done, wrap this spiral around the elastic to create a bun.

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Step 4. Add a hair elastic

Wrap an elastic around the resulting bun, making sure to place the accessory at the base of the hairstyle: it must not end up in the middle or at the top of the bun!

  • You can take a few strands of hair from the bun for a slightly messy look or leave it as is.
  • If you are wearing really long hair, this updo can look a bit too high. In such a case, you can perfectly "tip" it to one side before pinning it, but this is optional.
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Step 5. Fine-tune your hairstyle

Since this bun is particularly high perched, there may be a few strands that are too short to hang loose at the nape of the neck. Discipline them by attaching them with pliers, before spraying hairspray on your entire hairstyle. You can decorate the set with accessories.

Method 3 of 6: the ballerina bun

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Step 1. Prep your hair

Carefully remove knots and make sure your hair is straightened by brushing it for a long time. Keeping your hair straight is essential to achieve a ballerina bun. If you have a few frizz or flyaways, discipline them by spraying a little water to moisten them slightly.

Step 2. Brush your hair, then gather it into a smooth ponytail

It is important to use a brush to achieve the smoothness needed for this hairstyle. Place the ponytail where the bun will stand. If the classic ballerina bun is worn near the top of the head, you can go fancy.

  • Make sure the whole thing is smooth before you tie it with a rubber band. The operation will require you to be patient since it will be necessary to brush your hair carefully so that no strand protrudes.
  • Once all of your hair is smooth, make a tight ponytail and tie with a rubber band. This last point is important since your hairstyle must be able to stay in place.

Step 3. Make the bun

Unlike the top knot bun, you don't have to wrap your ponytail around itself to form a spiral. So, just wrap that ponytail around the elastic that holds it. Once you have everything rolled up, stitch the end under the elastic, then hold it together with pins.

  • Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you will need to allow between 3 to 7 pins to hold your bun. However, do not overuse these small accessories, which become visible if there are too many of them.
  • Slide each pin under the bun, so that you can only see the end of it. Concretely, you must slip them under the elastic, in the center of the bun (and not below or around).
  • If you are wearing a layered hairstyle, you may need to hold the different layers of hair together using pins.
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Step 4. Fine-tune your hairstyle

Finish your bun by spraying with strong hold hairspray and smooth out any protruding little hair with your fingers. You have finished !

Method 4 of 6: the braided bun

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Step 1. Prep your hair

Brush your hair to remove any knots. You can make a parting or leave as it is, anyway, brush your hair according to your choice. If you have hair that tends to frizz a lot, dampen it lightly.

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Step 2. Bring your hair back

You can position the mat anywhere on your head. By using a brush to straighten your hair backwards, you will achieve a professional finish. Otherwise, with your fingers, it will give a result a little less stuffy, more relaxed. Tie your hair into a ponytail, using a rubber band.

Step 3. Braid the ponytail

Start the braid at the top of the ponytail, which you will divide into three equal sections, which will cross over each other. Start by passing the right section, then the left section over the middle section. Repeat this movement until you have reached the end of the ponytail.

  • At the end of the ponytail, just hold it between your fingers. Indeed, you do not need to put elastic, since you will be pinning it to make the bun.
  • If, however, you prefer to secure the end of the mat with an elastic, opt for a discreet color, so that it is not visible. Either way, you can include it in the bun.

Step 4. Make the bun

Wrap the mat around the top elastic, forming a spiral. Stitch the end of the braid under the bun. Hold the whole thing with the help of bobby pins.

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Step 5. Fine-tune the hairstyle

You can, if you wish, take a few strands of hair to make your bun look less demure. However, consider spraying on a little hairspray and adding a few accessories (optional). For a bohemian look, wear a headband, a perfect accessory with braided updos.

Method 5 of 6: the sock bun

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Step 1. Prep your hair

Brush your hair thoroughly to remove any knots. The sock bun is worn over smooth hair, however, you can part it before you start.

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Step 2. Bring your hair back

Determine exactly where you will wear your bun. In most cases, we find the sock bun at the top of the head, like its top knot counterpart. However, you can keep it classic by placing it just above the back of the neck. Make a ponytail that you will tie with a rubber band.

Step 3. Prepare a sock

Take an old sock and cut the end off at the level of the toes. Ideally, you should use a sock that closely matches your hair color, however, this is not required. You should end up with some sort of open tube on both sides. Gather this tube on itself (as you would with pantyhose) to obtain a round with a hole in the middle.

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Step 4. Pass your ponytail through this hole

Slide the gathered sock along your ponytail. Make sure that no wick has been missed along the way. So slide the sock up to the elastic that holds the ponytail.

Step 5. Make the bun

Wrap the ends of your hair around the gathered sock so that they form a curl. The tips should be in the center, under the sock.

Step 6. Wrap the sock inside, towards the base of the ponytail

By rolling the sock towards the base of the ponytail in this way, your hair will curl all around.

Distribute your hair evenly around the sock while wrapping the sock. The goal is for your hair to go completely around the sock, which is now hidden

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Step 7. With that done, adjust the bun

The sock will keep the bun in place, however, you can add a few bobby pins for extra security.

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Step 8. Fine-tune your hairstyle

Free up a few strands for a messy-styled bun (optional), then spray a little hairspray to set everything together. You can obviously add some accessories.

Method 6 of 6: the traditional bun

Step 1. Roll up your hair to form a spiral (for thick hair, tie it into a ponytail before rolling it up)

Step 2. Wrap the spiral around the head so that it forms a circle

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Step 3. You can add accessories (ribbons, barrettes, etc.)

), but this is optional.

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Step 4. You can discipline flyaways with tweezers or barrettes

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Step 5. You now have a really nice bun

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Step 6. Unrolling your bun later in the day will surprise you with some pretty curls or waves


  • To avoid drawing attention to your elastics, choose them the same color as your hair.
  • These hairstyles can be done on wet, dry, curly or straight hair.
  • Take a sock the same color as your hair.
  • Use bobby pins.
  • If you have a layered hairstyle, don't fight against strands that are too short to fit into the bun: curl them with an iron and wear them freely.
  • You can flatten your sock bun by hand once it's held securely on your head.
  • Ruffle your hair for a messy-styled updo with volume.
  • For a tight, well-maintained ponytail, use a rubber band.
  • Flat pins are very practical for maintaining updos.
  • When lifting your hair up on your head, spray it with a little water to bring it together properly.


  • To avoid injuring your scalp or breaking your hair, use pins protected at the ends. Check the condition of your pins before using them.
  • Avoid wearing your hair in a bun (or any other similar hairstyle) too often, so as not to weaken it.

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