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Out of all the updos, the high bun has the most room for personalization; the sky is literally the limit. Whether you like something messy or a bit more like a ballerina, there’s plenty of ways to make this classic hairstyle your own—and Hollywood has been taking notice in a major way. But these glam high hairstyles aren’t just for the red carpet ready; they’re also perfect to wear to the office, for date night or to any (and all) holiday parties you’ll be RSVP-ing to this year. Here’s exactly how to wear a high bun, as shown by your favorite celebrities.
Instead of securing her hair in a traditional bun, Rooney Mara twisted her hair around the base of her ponytail and tied it off with a hair clip, leaving the ends of her hair out. If you have a hard time twisting your hair into a perfect circle-bun, this is for you.
The base of Ariana Grande‘s high bun was accented with a fishtail braid, adding texture and even more volume—and it’s really, really easy to recreate. Pull your hair into a high ponytail, leaving a section loose at the front, and coil the main section around the base of the ponytail to create the bun. Next, fishtail braid the loose section of hair, loosely pulling it apart as you go to make it appear larger. Wrap your plait around the bun so that it covers it, and secure it with a bobby pin. Voila—a glam ’60s-inspired style that’s guaranteed to steal the show!
Got thick, blunt bangs? Good. Leave them down and pull the rest of your hair into a messy topknot. No worries if you’re still not brave enough to cut fringe! You can clip in pretty believable fake bangs—just like Kendall Jenner did.
Slick down all your hair into a sleek high knot similar to what Jennifer Lopez wore at the American Music Awards. You’ll need a setting spray or a paste that doesn’t leave your hair too “wet-looking” but still has holding-power. We love TREsemme’s Tres Two Extra Firm Control Hair Spray ($6, walgreens.com). For even more shine, try blow-drying your hair first with Redken’s Diamond Oil Glow Dry ($32 ulta.com).
Leave half of your hair down and pull the top section into a high topknot, twisting the top section into a slightly messy ballerina bun. You can leave the rest straight or add in subtle, messy waves like Diane Kruger did.
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