How to Put Hair Up in Double Buns

By Sarah Vrba

The double bun trend combines youthful whimsy with an avant-garde twist that grabs attention immediately. This '90s hairstyle is popular on fashion runways as well as on youthful celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner. You can capture this stunning, high-impact look, as long as you have hair with at least 6 inches of length for the full effect.

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Gwen Stefani shows off her signature platinum double buns.

Sleek and Slick

Brush your washed and dried hair with a flat bristle brush to remove any tangles or knots. Draw a straight center part from your forehead to the nape of your neck using the tip of a comb to pull hair onto either side.

Gather the right half of the hair into a high ponytail near the crown of your head and about 2 inches out from the center. Smooth away any tangles or bumps on your head with the flat bristle brush and tie the ponytail in place with a hair elastic. Repeat this process with the left half of your hair.

Volumizing Vixen

Spritz both ponytails with a bit of sea salt texturizer or dry shampoo. Grab the ends of one ponytail with one hand and hold upright. Tease the ponytail very gently with a wide-tooth comb near the base of the pony with your other hand. Only tease a few times. This step builds up a bit of volume for fuller topknot buns.

Smooth the ponytail out gently with the flat bristle brush just enough to smooth the outer strands without damaging the volume you created by teasing. Repeat this process with the other ponytail.

Wrap and Roll

Invest in a couple small hair donuts. Alternatively, cut off the toes of a pair of thin socks and roll each sock into a tidy donut shape. Grab one high ponytail and place the donut around the ponytail about 2 inches from the ends.

Wrap the tips of the ponytail up, out and around the top of the donut so that it is covered. Keep wrapping your hair around the donut and begin to roll it down towards the base of the ponytail. Continue rolling the donut down and smoothing the strands over and around until you reach your scalp. You should now have a tidy, round bun with plenty of volume. Repeat with the other ponytail and a new hair donut.

Final Act

Gently pull on the sides of each bun to create a tiny bit of volume and messiness. Avoid pulling out whole pieces of hair since this look should still be relatively tidy. Insert a few bobby pins around the base of each bun to secure it in place. Tuck in any loose pieces and pin into place.

Spritz the buns with a lightweight hairspray to keep the hairs in place. Optionally, spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray and sweep the brush over any fly-away hairs to smooth.