Low bun updos are a great option for formal events because they seem more polished than long, loose strands. A bun at the nape of your neck will give you glamour and versatility. We have put together 19 different ways to wear this trend whether you are a wedding guest, a time-crunched student or the ultimate beauty bombshell.
Upgrade your bun with unusual braided details, fun twists or romantic pin curls, go to messy extremes, throw in a sprinkling of tiny blossoms, play with textures and volume of your bun and more…
#1: Double Braid Low Bun
The best part about low buns is that they allow you the space to incorporate some braided designs throughout the top of your style. Because your hair is pulled back, it could seem flat and lifeless on top without texture. A double braid makes the look multi-dimensional and lends a beautiful boho vibe.
#2: Simple Low Bun
When it comes to an updo for a formal event or a conservative setting, it’s best to just keep it simple. Large low bun hairstyles with a few face framing layers are classic and polished without being too stuffy. If you have trouble achieving the perfect donut shape, try using a sock bun.
#3: Bouffant Low Bun
Thin hair can look really flat and limp in a low updo. Create fullness by styling your locks in loose curls before you pin them into a chignon. A bouffant will boost volume throughout the crown.
#4: Powder Pink Low Bun
It’s important for brides to be themselves on their big day, and while this may not be one of the typical styles for a wedding, it surely is one of the most memorable and personal. The style itself is actually quite chic and pulled together, but the pepto pink color takes it into the edgy territory.
#5: Champagne Blonde Low Bun
When choosing a shade of blonde for your low messy bun and other styles, it’s important to make sure that the color is complementary to your skin tone. If you have very light complexion, this champagne blonde will set it off beautifully. It shimmers and sparkles without stealing your shine, which is ideal for brides-to-be.
#6: Elegant Ombre Low Bun
An ombre dye job is flattering and desirable in updos for many reasons— this style is just one more to add to the list. The lighter color towards the ends draws attention to the bun and also shows the intricate details within the updo style.
#7: Twisted Crown Low Bun
Put a literal twist on the standard braid crown with the hairdo shown. Make sure to keep the roots darker in the front so that the textured detail will really pop. Because you want the focus to be on the front, keep the bun in the back simple.
#8: Side Braid Low Bun
Add fullness to straight medium-length hair with a French braid hairstyle. The low side bun may just look like a messy coil at first glance, but it is really a fishtail braid that has been pinned. The plaited look also shows off beautiful brown and blonde highlights.
#9: Low Bun with Two Side Braids
If everything about you is larger than life, why not try a bun that matches your personality. With a voluminous front and back, you need something to break up the middle of this style. The double side braid is just the thing, plus it provides some much needed edge to the style.
#10: Whimsical Wedding Low Bun
When it comes to your special day, a regular hairdo just won’t cut it. Elevate the look with a silvery color and intertwined braids. Instead of typical blooms, a few delicate sprigs feel natural and relaxed.
#11: Weekend Low Bun
For a cool and casual weekend low bun, the messier the texture the better. While it is polished and unexpected, it avoids being too stuffy or overdone. To avoid frizz or fly away strands, make sure to spritz your style with flake-free hairspray.
#12: Infiniti Low Bun
A hidden message within hairstyles may give the wearer an extra boost of confidence. This style has been manipulated to mimic the look of an infinity symbol, which means forever. It’s perfect for a wedding, date night or even a formal gathering.
#13: College-Worthy Low Bun
Trying to get to an early morning class after a night of partying or cramming for an exam can be extremely difficult. Sometimes all that you have time to do is hop out of bed, brush your teeth, and go. The key getting the perfect casual style is to do your bun before you go to sleep so that when you wake up it has the perfect messy texture without any additional effort needed.
#14: Cute and Curly Low Bun
The benefit of curly hair is that you don’t need to do anything extra to get a voluminous low bun hairstyle. In fact, if you have long hair it may be better to style when it is still wet to prevent frizz from over-brushing dry hair. A side part allows you to be able to frame the face without overpowering it.
#15: Radiant Red Low Bun
When your hair is dyed a bright color such as this, it’s great to balance it out with a sleek style for formal occasions. Keep tendrils and messiness to a minimum by pulling hair back with a high-shine side braid. Ask your stylist for a gloss treatment beforehand to seal in your color and make it look vibrant.
#16: Vacation Low Bun
Don’t overthink your beauty routine when you are luxuriating away on a beach vacay. Low updos are your go to because they are slightly pulled together while being as relaxed as you feel. Let your hair air dry to embrace the amazing wavy texture that the sea salt in the water provides.
#17: Blonde Bridal Low Bun
If you have short, fine or thin hair, it can be difficult to achieve a voluminous low bun look. Style the bouffant and curls for some added visual volume. A small curly bun can also look very cute and oh-so-moving!
#18: Low Bun with Long Bangs
Women with chubby cheeks may find that pulled back styles emphasize the roundness of their faces in an unflattering way. With a long side bang you can add a dash of drama and slim your visage at the same time. A subtle bouffant will balance out the weight of a heavy bun in the back.
#19: Pin Curled Low Bun
Instead of one large bun, why not assemble an updo out of individual flat coils? The resulting look is not only visually intriguing, but it also resembles a bouquet of roses. The romantic touch is perfect for weddings and other formal or major red carpet events.