A bun hairstyle can be the answer to many of life’s sartorial questions. Not sure how to do your hair before a work call? Hello, messy bun. Going on a first date, but can’t figure out how fancy it’s going to be? Make that bun sleek and slicked back, or accent curls and highlights with an accessorized bun. We could go on, but instead, just continue scrolling—ahead are just six of our favorite ways to wear a bun.
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We all know by now that messy buns have officially become a red-carpet staple, even if it’s still your weekend go-to. It looks just as good with a gown and lipstick as it does with sweatpants and a hoodie.
You define how “messy” you want your bun to be. Texturize and tease in the back, while keeping the front neat for another approach to the style.
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Also known as a ballerina bun, a high-placed top knot is a way to show off your cheekbones—and any colorful lipstick you’re wearing.
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Or make that neon eyeshadow. With your hair away from your face, your makeup will shine.
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The slicked-back low bun is like the messy bun’s big sister. It’s just as effortless, yet a little more polished.
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Make your low bun less low key by adding in hair accessories. A simple pin, bead, or clip here and there works if you’re doing it yourself.
Chignon or intricate bun? You decide. Either way, an elaborate bun has been—and will remain—a top choice for wedding goers and party throwers everywhere.
Don’t fret if you aren’t sure how to level up your bun. Leaving out a piece here and there takes it from regular hairstyle to certified updo territory.
We don’t need to tell you that braids are already incredibly cool all on their own. But add in a bun—high or low—and it’s an extra level of detail.
A braided bun also works to show off highlights and and pops of color that might be more hidden otherwise.
Two buns are better than one. The mega-popular space buns hairstyle is so easy to pull off, and can be as sophisticated as it is whimsical depending on what you do with the rest of your hair.
Length plays a factor, too. If you have a longer style already, go for larger space buns; stay smaller if you have less hair to play with.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US