- Space buns were a popular hairstyle in the '90s, but they've gotten a makeover for 2022.
- The "elevated" space-bun hairstyle trend has been worn by countless celebrities.
- See examples of the hairstyle on Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin, Olivia Rodrigo, and more.
The '90s have made a huge comeback, and we're soaking up every second of it, but not every retro beauty trend has come back quite as strong as the space-buns hairstyle. The beloved double-bun look has proven to be a favorite among celebrities like Marsai Martin, Charli D'Amelio, Olivia Rodrio, Yara Shahidi, and many, many more — not to mention countless people on TikTok and Instagram alike.
The secret to this Zenon-inspired hairstyle is its versatility. The simplest version of it — two pigtails twisted into buns — can be created in a matter of minutes with just two hair ties, but as this trend has grown over the last year or so, we've seen different variations of the space-bun hairstyle hit our social media feeds, leading to the creation of the "elevated space-buns hairstyle." Half-up, half-down; curled; and braided details make the style extra trendy and wearable outside of the original festival-type destinations that the look was produced from.
"I've been seriously loving space buns and have been seeing an increase in requests from my clients for that style," celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko tells POPSUGAR. "It's a universal style that looks great on any hair type and texture and lets your face truly shine through."
"Elevated" Space-Bun Hairstyle Tutorial
Step 1: The first step to creating the space-buns hairstyle is a smooth blowout. Polko likes to use a leave-in conditioner to hydrate the hair before rough drying it and using a round-brush attachment (like the T3 AireBrush Duo Blow Dry Brush ($180)) to achieve that blowout look. "I use the round brush attachment to turn ends under," she says. "It's important to do the ends on the whole head like this because if not, some ends will pop out and you want it really consistent within the space buns as well."
Step 2: Part hair down the middle, and leave out two face-framing pieces in the front if you like that look.
Step 3: "Next, I section hair on one side of the part from the ear to the crown of the head and secure with the Scunci Clear Elastic ($5) – these are great because they don't break," she says. Then simply repeat the process on the other side.
Step 4: Once the two pigtails are secured, you can simply loop them into messy buns for the easy take on the space-buns hairstyle. However, if you want to put an elevated twist on the look, start on one side of the head and split the pigtail into two pieces. "Starting with the first piece, start twisting the hair until it begins to coil on top of itself, but leave the ends out (this is why it's important to blow dry ends nicely)," Polko says. Once you've created the desired shape, use hair pins or bobby pins to hold it in place. Repeat that process with the other section of the pigtail, then move on to the other side of the head.
When you make it your own, it gives the nostalgic style a refreshing update, making it perfect for 2022. Get inspiration for elevated space buns ahead.