11 Low Buns That Prove It's the Prettiest Low-Maintenance Hairstyle Yet

With Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok filling our feeds daily with the prettiest hairstyles and helpful hacks, we're never short of hair ideas. But the only drawback to the countless pinned styles we all vow to practice is that they are pretty hard to master. Yes, we'd all love to show up to our work meetings or dinners with friends wearing an intricate dutch-fishtail braid or cascading mermaid waves, but unfortunately, not all of the styles we lust after are easy to accomplish. Even if we dedicate a few hours to standing in front of our vanity mirror, sometimes all we're left with is sore arms and a mediocre hairdo.

Low bun hairstyles, on the other hand, are right up our alley. Not only are they right on trend with all of our favorite influencers and celebrities, but a low bun might be one of the easiest styles yet. They can be scraped back into a neat ballet bun or worn loose, for just-got-out-of-bed chic. Plus, there's always the slicked-back bun option, or even a treatment bun.

With multiple ways to wear the style, the options are endless. Whether you're looking for a low bun hairstyle that features a fun braid or inspiration for a messy low bun hairdo, scroll on to see how others have taken this basic bun to stylish new heights.

— Additional reporting by Tori Crowther

Messy Low Bun Hair

Some of the best low bun hairstyles are effortless and messy, like the example shown above. Let some pieces fall out to frame your face, and throw your hair into a quick knot at the nape of your neck.

Sleek Low Bun Hair

Although slicked-back low buns are trending, you can get a similar look without using any intense products. We'd suggest prepping your hair with a tiny bit of hair oil, then brushing your hair back with a boar bristle brush to smooth everything out. Finally, secure it with an elastic.

Low Bun With Braid

While a low bun is the perfect choice for a quick and easy hairstyle, it also works for special occasions. If you want your low bun to look a little more upscale, try braiding the front pieces of your hair into a low bun situated at the nape of your neck.

Low Bun Hair With Side Part

Whatever your stance is on the great middle part versus side part debate, know that you can still wear low bun hairstyles because they look good both ways.

Layered Low Bun Hair

If you have layered hair, don't worry, you can still pull off low bun hairstyles. Just leave a few layers out in the front to create wispy, face-framing pieces.

Textured Low Bun Hair

Sometimes, the messier the low bun hair, the better. Add lots of texture to your low bun by teasing the hair and using a texturizing spray. Secure everything at the nape of your neck with either a small elastic or bobby pins.

Low Bun Hair With Cornrows

Classic low bun hairstyles look great paired with cornrows. This low bun hairdo also features a braided bun, which we love the look of.

Scarf Low Bun Hair

If you want to add a little spice to your low bun hairdo, we'd suggest adding a cute accessory like a bow or a scarf. This low bun features a white scarf tied around it, which makes it look so fashionable and cute.

Low Bun for Short Hair

If you've been searching for low bun hairstyles for short hair, this one serves as the perfect inspiration. If your hair isn't long enough to twist your hair into a bun, just pull it into a ponytail at the base of your head and then use bobby pins to pin pieces and create the perfect low bun.

Twisted Low Bun Hair

This low bun is easy to re-create. Just slick your hair into a low ponytail, then divide the ponytail into two pieces. Twist each of those pieces individually, and then together, into a bun. Secure with bobby pins or a tiny hair elastic.

Braided Low Bun Hair

If you want to step your low bun up a notch, try a braided low bun. Secure your hair into a low ponytail, split it into two halves, braid each half, and then twist it into a low bun. Secure it with bobby pins.