I’ve always been a fan of keeping my hair up and off my neck. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, which means that the stifling heat paired with hair down is really truly torturous. I lean towards high-flying hair styles pretty often as a result, and one of my all-time favorites is the top knot or messy bun. There are a few different ways to style the high bun, and here are my go-tos!
The Sock Bun (The Donut Bun):
I know this was a bit of an older trend, but I swear everytime I see Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart rock one of these, I can’t help but revert to it. I like how you can style it either really cleanly or in a bit of a sexy disarray. Plus, you can make the donut to roll your hair in by just cutting the toe off a sock that’s missing a buddy! It just looks flirty and cute no matter what!
The Messy Bun:
This is truly an art, even though the name belies the complexity. I personally ignore the really pretty messy buns and just knot my bird’s nest up into a ball and tie it off. It’s fast and effortless, and it can easily offer you that breezily pretty “I’m not trying because I actually truly don’t care” look that we all aim to pair with our sweatpants.
The Classic Top Knot:
This look can be varied between loose and sleek, but I think that when it’s done right, it can look really smart and make your appearance seem a lot more pulled together (even if that’s totally not the case and you’re an absolute mess). I tend to favor the slightly more messy version because my curly hair doesn’t like to be nice and smoothed down, but I’ve seen it done beautifully both ways.
The Braided Top Knot:
The braided top knot is not to be underestimated. I actually adore this for when my hair is still wet from the shower/bath, but I still need to be somewhere. I also really like this style for second or third day hair (or any day where it’s being unruly) because it disguises the look of oil if you’ve got any lurking and keeps you looking prim and polished.
What’s your favorite kind of bun?