The Oxford dictionary defines a bun as: “a hairstyle in which the hair is drawn back into a tight coil at the back of the head.” While this definition is concise—props, Oxford—it’s not comprehensive. Today, there are so many varieties of buns that calling the hairstyle merely “a bun” is incorrect, and personally, offensive—I take my hair very seriously. Every bun is a distinctive entity, with a specific name, character and technique. Below we’ve highlighted four buns that are on a need-to-know basis.
If you’re looking to make an entrance, the sock bun is your friend. Traditionally worn for evening gatherings, the sock bun has its roots in formality. Though, as its popularity has grown—thanks, Kardashian girls—it has turned into a day-worthy style. With hair off your face, try pairing with a sheer turtleneck for a summer dinner.
A personal favourite, the messy bun is the simplest of the bunch; so easy, there’s with no mirror necessary. Because of its breezy nature, it pairs with more reserved ensembles. Not sure what to wear with your plain LBD (little black dress) at your next dinner party? Try juxtaposing the modest outfit with the untidy bun.
Like the ballet, this style is prim and proper. It adds a humble dose of minimalism to polish an ensemble. Keep makeup clean, as you don’t want to take away from the style’s graceful charisma.
Unlike the other styles, this one isn’t specifically a bun but rather its own unique category. With the placement of accessories, hair can dramatically change. While we’ve all seen it look tacky at times, it is one of the most classical hair techniques—think of films like The Great Gatsby or Titanic (before it sank). This season, try a bejeweled headband or encrusted hair elastic for that extra luxe.