Earlier this spring, we saw the emergence of space buns as the trendiest, most model-approved and festival-ready hairstyle of 2017. It's not hard to see why—they're edgy and adorable at the same time, not to mention a practical way to keep your hair off of your neck on the steamiest of summer days. So no, space buns aren't going anywhere—especially now that the newest iteration of the trend is gaining traction around the internet.
Let us introduce you to a slightly more understated take on the space buns trend. Instead of being placed high atop the head, the two buns are tied low at the nape of the neck. French girls call these low space buns "macarons" after the sweet and circular French dessert. And Pinterest has hard proof of their appeal: According to the site's analytics team, search volume for this hairstyle is up 170%.
To achieve this low-maintenance, high-reward hairstyle, start by parting your hair down the middle. Tie off each side with a ponytail situated somewhere near the nape of your neck. Then, twist each side up into a bun (as big, small, messy or neat as you please). Secure each side with bobby pins before spraying with a flexible hold hair spray like Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray (£23). (This hair spray offers humidity protection along with medium hold, making it the perfect product for summer.)
You get bonus points if you braid your hair back into the ponytails, before tying them up into buns. Try french braiding each side down and back before pinning—just be sure to use a texture spray beforehand so the braids are nice and defined. (We like Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, £10.)
Something else to keep in mind: This style is incredibly versatile. If you go with sleek, slick-backed hair tied into two small, neat buns, it can work for a summer dinner party or night out. If you french braid your hair back into messy buns, you achieve a boho-inspired look that's great for Sunday brunch or a daytime wedding.
Head over to Pinterest to check out more trending bun hairstyles.