20 Inspiring Ways to Rock a Bun

Leah Faye Cooper
20 Inspiring Ways to Rock a Bun
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A bun can be simple or intricate, casual, or glamorous. A style as suitable for the gym as it is for the red carpet, it can be a smart choice for pretty much any occasion. You likely have a go-to top knot for when you’re rushing out the door, and a sleek bun that you put together for weddings and other fancy happenings. If you care to add a few more options to your cache of looks—and why wouldn’t you?—here are 20 bun ideas from celebs who’ve personalized, elevated, and mastered the look.

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Have an edgy look in mind? Create a twisted top knot like Gwen Stefani and allow a few strands to hang free.

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Get Penelope Cruz’s romantic style by braiding a high ponytail and wrapping it into a neat bun at your crown.

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With a headband and a few bobby pins you can recreate Charlize Theron’s side swept chignon. If you don’t have natural waves, add texture by spiral curling a few sections of hair and then raking your fingers through them.    

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Zoe Saldana’s side bun and loose waves make for a soft, timeless look.

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Got long bangs? Let them hang straight down and sweep the rest of your hair into a high bun for a cool style like Nicole Richie’s.

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Kerry Washington’s polished, flower-like bun is one example of a look that can carry you from day to night.

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You’ll need a lot of hairspray to emulate this Rita Ora style, but if the stiff look moves you, we say go for it.

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The contrast of Fergie’s smooth, swept back hair and messy bun is great, as is the case this style makes for brunette roots and blonde ends.

Box braids make a gorgeous statement when wrapped into a thick, high bun, as shown by Tia Mowry.

Further proof that buns need not be perfect is displayed by this modern Blake Lively style, marked by a deep side part and a few intentional flyaways.

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Piling your curls into a bun like Tracee Ellis Ross’s allows you to show them off without wearing your hair loose.

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Start off with a side ponytail and proceed to pin sections in various directions for a chick, Nicole Kidman-inspired style.

Take a cue from Chanel Iman and secure twisted sections of hair at the crown for a supermodel-approved look.

Among the many ways to style Marley twists is to secure them high atop the head, like Brandy did here.

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A braid running from the nape of the neck to the top of the head amplified Jessica Alba's otherwise simple bun.

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Emma Stone gave her hairstyle some dimension by sectioning off a portion around the hairline and pinning it back.

We love Kaitlin Doubleday's classic ballerina bun. Very Breakfast at Tiffany's.  

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Sanaa Lathan's braid-encircled bun is an enviable style that can work for both casual and formal occasions.

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Extensions... hairspray... a sock... Options abound for getting a bun as thick as Lauren Conrad's.

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A half up, half down look with a bun created a casually cool style for Kate Mara.

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