Buns are our go-to for occasions that require us to look polished on the fly. Running late to work? Topknot it is. Fancy party to attend and no time to primp? A sleek ballerina bun is our saviour. But the one style that fell off of our radar along the way? Low buns. Like the nerdy heroine in a '90s teen movie, low buns have had a major makeover—and we're taking note. Ahead, all the proof you need that these buns are the new cool kids in school.
Keep reading to see all the gorgeous low buns to add to your repertoire.
An off-center bun that's ever-so-slightly tousled is casual enough to wear on the weekend, but sleek enough to wear to work. Spritz the roots of your hair with a dry shampoo to add texture, then gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it with a hair tie. Twist your ponytail around your hair tie to form a bun, and pin it in place with bobby pins. Use your fingers to pull out a few face-framing pieces for extra cool-girl cred.
Go figure—an effortless-looking bun that is actually effortless to create. Just gather your hair into a low ponytail and pull it through a hair tie. Twist the tie and pull your hair through a second time, only bringing half of the ponytail through to form this easy bun.
If sleek buns are more your style, try this version. Make a deep side part in your hair, and then apply a shine serum so it looks extra glossy. Brush your hair back into a low ponytail, secure it with a hair tie, and wrap it around itself to form the simple-yet-sophisticated bun.
Make a center part in your hair, and then divide it into two sections. Twist both sections away from your face until they meet at the nape of your neck. Tie it off with a hair tie, and then twist your hair to form a bun. Use bobby pins to hold it in place, and don't forget to mist your new 'do with a hairspray so it lasts all day.
A fishtail braid is the basis for this low, intricate bun. Before twisting the braid into a bun, spray it with a texturizing spray and use your fingers to lightly pull it apart.
A few extra twists take this bun from average to gorgeous, without being so done up that it looks like you're going to prom. Divide your hair into three sections: front left, front right, and back. Gather your hair in the back into a basic bun, and then loosely twist sections from the front back toward your bun. Use bobby pins to pin them in place.
Go ahead and let your bobby pins show—this style isn't meant to look perfectly polished. Add a bit of texture with a salt spray, and then twist your hair off to one side and pin it in place. Then, take sections of your hair, twist them, and randomly pin them until all of your hair is off of your neck.
This loose bun is unexpectedly polished, thanks to sleek strands and megawatt shine. Straighten your hair with a flat iron, then gather it at shoulder height, leaving a 1-inch piece of hair out. Fold it in half and wrap a hair tie around it. Use the leftover piece of hair to cover the elastic, and pin it underneath your bun.
Which of these low buns would you try? Or will you be sticking with your topknot? Let us know in the comments!