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10 New Bun Hairstyles of 2012

Whether it’s high, low, messy or sleek the bun is making a comeback! It is a simple yet elegant look that is perfect for curly or straight hair. With the summer months upon us, the bun is the perfect hairstyle for keeping you cool and active without worrying about your hair getting in the way. Buns can be worn in an updo or down depending on the length and style of your hair.

This classic look is also quickly becoming a new hair trend with weddings. The bun’s simple style is a perfect match for the elegance and grace of a wedding, and it compliments any style of wedding gown. More importantly though, the bun is a great everyday look for those on the go. All it takes to create a bun is just a couple minutes and a few bobby pins.

TotalBeauty.com has some fantastic new bun hairstyles to reignite the classic look, as seen by some of your favorite Hollywood celebs.


It’s glamorous, yet simple; classic, but not stuffy. The bun is a timeless hairstyle — here’s how to give it a modern twist


Best for: Smooth textures, but varying hair lengths will work, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: The trick with this look is to not worry about perfection. Start with a higher ponytail in the back of the head. Work with small sections of the ponytail, wrapping them up and securing them haphazardly with pins at the base. Allow loose ends to fall naturally. Pull hair out of the ponytail to frame the face and finish the perfect “messy on purpose” look.


Best for: Mid-length hair of all textures, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: To prep the hair, blow dry with a volumizing mousse (try Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse, $3.99) lifting at the root and polishing the ends with a natural bristle brush. Backcomb the top section of hair from the crown to hairline. Pull hair back in a high ponytail, keeping volume at the top and tension on the sides. Wrap one-inch sections of the ponytail around two fingers, allowing pieces to slip out for texture. Secure with bobby pins and finish with a headband two inches back from the hairline to break up the volume.


Best for: Curly or straight will work equally well with a polished blowout, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Prep hair with a high shine smoothing serum (try Biolage Smoothing Serum, $14.99) and blow dry hair away from the face. Secure a tight ponytail at the center back of your head and separate the ponytail into two sections. Clip the bottom section out of the way temporarily. Loop the top section downward and secure with pins under the base of the ponytail. Then use the bottom section to wrap around the base of the bun and secure with another pin. Finish with a shine spray all over for a glam look.


Best for: Longer, thicker hair, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Brush hair back and secure in a high ponytail. Add hair extensions to your ponytail at this time if you want to amp up the bun. We love Hair U Wear Dancing with the Stars Put On Pieces Glamarama, $20. Lightly backcomb the ponytail to create texture in the bun and loosely wrap hair around the base, letting the bun expand and slightly flatten. If you are using extensions, wrap your hair around the added piece. Secure with pins and spritz with hairspray.


Best for: The longer the hair, the better, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Secure a smooth ponytail at the center back of the head and apply a shine serum liberally through the entire tail. Holding the end of the tail, begin to twist the hair until it begins coiling onto itself. Allow it to take its natural shape until you can’t twist anymore. Tuck the loose ends under the bun and secure with a pin. Tame flyaways with a strong hold hairspray like Rusk W8less Plus Extra Strong Shaping and Control Hairspray, $14.


Best for: Thick hair is important to achieve a dense bun, but any texture with a smooth blowout will work, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Start by running a smoothing cream with shine (like Tigi Rockaholic Rock My World Stellar Smoothing Cream, $13.99) through blown out hair. Secure a high ponytail on top of the head, and separate the ponytail in two separate sections. Take one section and wrap it around the base creating a classic bun shape. Use the second piece to wrap around the base, lifting the bun up, to create this interesting stacked look.


Best for: Curly or wavy hair is ideal, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Start by backcombing the crown area. Secure a ponytail at the center back of the head, leaving out the front hairline. Ball up the tail bringing it towards the base. Set the bun with pins, letting loose ends fall out. Any long pieces can be wrapped around the bun and secured with pins. Loosely brush the curly hairline back with your fingers leaving height and volume. Spray with hairspray to hold and secure longer hair with French pins.


Best for: Long, fine hair, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Start with a high tight ponytail. Tease the tail to create texture and density and wrap around a hair donut at the base to create the necessary fullness. This is a simple shape with visual impact.


Best for: Long, thick hair, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: For an extra dramatic look like Sarah’s, extensions are ideal (try Hairdo by Jessica Simpson 21″ 100% Fine Human Hair Extensions, $186). Start with a tight ponytail in the center back of the head. Separate the tail into four sections. Working one section at a time, loop the hair out and away from the base. Bring the ends back to the base and secure with pins. For larger loops, use a second pin to keep the loops tight to the head. Spread out the hair to create full, smooth loops. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.


Best for: All hair types can work with a smooth, polished blowout, says Schlenger.

Schlenger’s how-to: Use a shine serum from root to ends and blow dry hair with a natural bristle round brush, getting lift at the root. Find your natural part and maintain it while pulling hair back into a ponytail at the center back of the head. Braid the tail and wrap it around the base, tucking the ends under the bun. Secure with pins. Braiding hair is a quick easy way to add interest to a simple shape.

No matter what type of hair you have, the bun is the perfect new look to try this summer. If you love being a trend-setter or enjoy trying out new hairstyles, give some of 2012’s ponytail hairstyles a try. Both of these fun hairstyles are perfect for the warmer weather. Give us a visit and we’ll have you sporting one of these hot new hairstyles!

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