20 Cute & Easy Bun Hairstyles to Try in 2022

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

A bun hairstyle is an updo in which the hair is gathered and twisted at the crown or back of the head. It’s a look that conjures up images of graceful ballerinas, and it lends itself well to formal occasions.

Sarah Whittaker is a special event hairdresser and updo enthusiast from Columbus, OH. She believes bun styles don’t have drawbacks.

Whittaker offered further advice on how to spruce up your look.

💡 Key Things to Know First

  • The most crucial step in this style is consultation. Choose a hair artist whose work compliments your vision!
  • Have your “inspo pics” ready, and don’t be afraid to discuss your likes and dislikes. Allow the artist to customize the style to fit you.
  • The biggest benefit to wearing your hair up is that it will look great the whole night! But if you don’t feel like yourself with your hair up, it’s a no-go.
  • What’s the ideal hair condition for a bun updo?
    • Myth: Special event hairstyles need unclean hair.
    • Fact: It’s actually much easier to work with a clean base.
    • Exemption: Coarse and/or textured hair does best on day two.

If you’re looking for a hairdo to pull off at an upcoming event, here are some pictures of the most beautiful bun hairstyless you may attempt.

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#1: High Bun

Feel tall and proud when you’ve got this simple yet outstanding top knot bun style! Get your strands off your pretty face to show off your glam make-up.

#2: Champagne Blonde Messy Top Knot

A champagne blonde messy top knot is one of the most trending hairstyles currently. I suggest a Bardot bang and face-framing to soften your facial features. Any hair texture can work but finer, dimensional blonde is the most ideal. The drawback to thicker, darker hair is you get to see less detail on the top knot.

#3: Formal Bun Updo with Hair Accessories

A formal bun updo with hair accessories is the right choice for you. Especially if you’re a dimensional blonde whose hair is fine. Search no further, if your hair has a soft texture. You can solve this issue by gathering your hair into a loose, high ponytail. Then, pinch small sections to create peaks. Twist and pin into a bun shape with the Kenra medium-hold hairspray.

Elegant High Bun Updo with Middle-Parted Bangs
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#4: Elegant High Bun with Middle-Parted Bangs

When my clients ask for a formal style that’s not “too formal,” I suggest an elegant high bun with middle parted bangs. If you’re looking to try this style at home, the best way to get started is by properly prepping your hair. Don’t be afraid to use product! Volumizers and hairsprays are your friends for this style.

Twisted Low Bun
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#5: Twisted Low Bun

All the waves and the swirls in this sophisticated low bun hairdo give off a sexy vibe! Gorgeously matches a bridesmaid or a prom queen.

#6: Romantic Bun with Pearl Accessories

A romantic bun with pearl accessories is perfect for a wedding. I recommend looks like this for all my brides on their big day.

#7: Easy Messy Bun

Gift yourself a low textured knot effortlessly made with the help of a hair donut! This easy messy bun style is one you can wear everyday and even in long gown events.

Simple Bun
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#8: Simple Bun

Q&A with style creator, Aimee Renner
Freelance Makeup Artist / Hairstylist @ Aimee & Co. in Auckland, New Zealand

How would you describe this look?

I’d call it a loose or ‘undone’ twisted simple bun hairdo. The greatest thing about it is that the twist shows off the different tones in the client’s hair and it looks more elaborate than it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a great style when they want something up off their face which is a bit more casual and modern than some styles, but still looks polished and has some interest.

It would look great with any hair color, but one which has some variation of highlights (blondes) looks best I feel as it shows off the twist with different tones.

Also best with a length of at least just past shoulder length to around bra strap length. Otherwise, if it’s too short there’s not enough hair in the bun. If it’s too long there doesn’t tend to be the layers to give it texture, and the bun becomes too heavy and large.

I would recommend a styling product like a volumizing powder to give the hair some texture and to create some volume. I would dust it through the crown and backcomb a little to create some height and then also through the pony before you twist it and piece it apart (before securing with Bobby pins and hair spray).

By pulling pieces out around the front of the face, it furthers the relaxed vibe.

#9: Twisted Bun

Q&A with style creator, Breann Garcia
Hair Artist @ Hair by Breann Garcia in Fort Worth, TX


How would you describe this look?

This twisted bun hair is simple but elegant and perfect for a casual evening or even for your wedding hair dream. Using a rope braid technique gives your hair the illusion of being thick and full.

The classiest thing about this look is how simple it is but how it looks very intricate. At a stylist’s point of view, it’s very easy to achieve. Using minimum Bobby pins eases up the styling technique.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is created in a few simple steps that are quick and easy. It’s perfect for all different hair texture when using the correct products.

This particular look is very classic and simple at the front but detailed at the back. It’s perfect for all different occasions.

#10: Bow Bun

Q&A with style creator, Gabrielle
Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist @ Hair & Makeup by Gabrielle in London, UK


How would you describe this look?

Bows and bridal up-dos are two key wedding trends for this year, so this bow bun hairstyle really is the perfect combination. It’s elegant, modern, and effortlessly romantic. Its versatility means you can wear the hairstyle with or without a veil. The choice is yours but both will look equally gorgeous. If you choose not to wear a veil with this hairstyle, instead opt for some statement bridal accessories to turn heads as you walk down the aisle. A pair of chandelier earrings are all you need to add a fabulous finishing touch to this look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This wedding hairstyle is designed for the bride who isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and wants to make a statement with her bridal look. Does this sound like you? Then you’ll need hair that is shoulder-length or longer to achieve this detailed look. Ensure you establish a decent haircare routine ahead of the big day so that it is conditioned, glossy, and wedding-ready. If you have wild hair that cannot be tamed, you’ll be using a lot of hair spray and hairpins to secure the look in place. However, this beautiful bridal hairstyle also means you will keep any pesky flyaways at bay. What’s not to love?!

BeachSideBraidedBun

#11 The Beach Side Braided Bun

#12. Double Bun Hairstyle Step by Step

What’s better than one bun? Two, of course! This Mini Double Buns hair tutorial by YouTube user leighannsays is perfect for those casual, low key days, or days when you simply want to make a statement without exerting too much effort. “I like to think of it as the ’90s, Gwen Stefani-ish mini buns,” she says. We have to agree! That said, they’re still totally wearable today.

#13. Fabric Bun Tutorial

Want to add a playful touch to your standard bun? All you need is a little fabric and about two minutes. For this tutorial, you can use whatever fabric appeals to you most. Perhaps it’s something bright and cheery, or maybe it’s something sheer and sparkly. Whatever you choose, follow this fun YouTube tutorial put together by Steamfaerie and Seventeen magazine.

SimpleDonutBun

#14 The Simple Donut Bun

layered bun hairstyles

#15 Romantic, Layered Bun

#16. Messy Bun Hairstyle with Braids and Wrap

Messy buns offer little freedom from having to be perfect in all places, including those flyaways we all have. The Small Things blog, run by blonde-haired Kate, is one of my favorites. I’m obviously not alone in my adoration, as she’s built quite the following. Anyway, Kate has a way of simplifying complex hairstyles and breaking them down into easy-to-understand steps. This messy bun with a braided wrap offers the perfect mix of casual and sophisticated, making it deal for any upcoming elegant affairs. Check out the video tutorial for everything you need to know!

waterfall French braid bun hairstyle

#17 Waterfall French Braid Bun

low bun hairstyles

#18 Elegant, Low Hanging Side Bun

knotted bun hairstyles

#19 Easy Knotted Updo Bun

#20. Elegant Sleek Bun Inspired by Angelina Jolie

YouTube’s prolific Lilith Moon can seriously work magic on hair. She also has a way of making her hairstyles easy to recreate, even if you’re not very hair savvy. Many bun styles are all about the Cinderella look and this elegant, sleek bun updo is no different. It was inspired by Angelina Jolie and packs the same sort of refined elegance that the brunette starlet always has. Lilith uses some hair extensions to recreate this bun, so if your hair is on the short side, consider doing the same if you want all that volume.




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