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Throwing your hair up in a high bun will always have a place in our easy-hairstyle-loving hearts. They take a minute—tops. And when well-executed, they’ll completely overhaul your look in the same time it takes to apply a swipe of lipstick.
High buns can run the risk of seeming one-note—just sweep your hair up and go—but, with a little bit of technique, you can master a wide variety of looks with next to no effort. Case in point: these seven very different, very versatile choices.
If a consummate high bun exists, this is it. Placed just at the top of the head toward the back, the position is universally flattering, and the slightly roughed-up texture gives it an insouciant vibe.
A short center part makes a bun look a little more polished than the usual tossed-up take—even if you spent mere seconds on it.
If you have super curly hair, high buns can be a lifesaver—when your ringlets just won’t behave, a quick top knot is the easiest fix.
This teased version has very little in common with its messier, more nonchalant counterparts, but it’s perfect for when you have a little more time to do your hair and a lot of length to work with.
High, messy buns can be classy and understated, too, especially when you pair them with just the right accessories.
When all else fails, a carefree bun will get you through the day. It’s an easy solution for long, thick hair when it just won’t cooperate.
A quick, tousled bun can take the stuffiness out of a dressier, more refined look.