Buns are versatile, presenting a romantic, professional and serious hair design all in one; the style’s purpose simply depends on the setting, your attire and accessories. Perfect for jeans and a T-shirt or a little black dress, the hair bun can transform from the park to the prom in five minutes by simply adding a light sprinkling of glitter mixed with your favorite hair gel, by wearing a tiara or by wearing a circular pearl-like hair accessory placed gently around the bun. Practice creating the bun to enjoy this hairstyle’s versatility.

Things You'll Need

Brush your hair out with a boar-bristle hairbrush. The brush, made of boar’s hair — nature’s most durable hair — protects your hair’s natural oils and prevents broken tresses. Brush your hair from top to bottom, on the outside and underneath, removing all tangles.

Squirt a bit of hair gel into your hair and apply it sparingly if your hair is thin and tends to slip out of ponytails or other hairstyles. If your hair tends to frizz, use generous amounts of an ionic hair gel without adding too much to make your hair look oily. Work the ionic gel into your hair from the top to the bottom, especially working it into the ends of the hair that tend to split. If you have thick hair, but do not have a frizzing problem, place a bit of ionic hair gel into your hands, swish it through your hair and squeeze it on your ends for a quick shine.

Pull your hair back into a ponytail by brushing it back with the boar’s hairbrush. Use a ponytail holder that closely matches the color of your hair or a neutral color. Avoid using rubber bands, as rubber bands can damage your hair upon removal, pulling and breaking the tresses. Place the ponytail wherever you want to create the bun, either high on the back of the head, low on the back of your head or in the center of the back of your head.

Brush the ponytail out once you have it in place, brushing it from the top to the bottom.

Lay the bobby pins out where you can easily reach them.

Beginning with the hair near the ponytail holder, twist the hair out toward the end of the hair. As you twist, bring the hair up and around the ponytail holder in a tight circle. Depending upon how long the hair is, keep twisting and working the hair around the central ponytail holder. Once you reach the end of the hair, pin a bobby pin tightly beneath the bottom edge of the bun layer right next to it, gathering some hair on the bottom of the layer. Stick the bobby pin in a downward motion.

Cup the hair bun with your hand, shaping it as you go around it. Pin bobby pins all around the bun within the bottom layers, pushing the pins tightly in downward motions. You will feel if the pin holds the bun tightly into place. If a pin feels too loose, remove it and pin it again.

Spray the bun with hairspray for extra hold.