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Ballerina Buns: Braided Top Knot vs. Classic Bun

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Braided bun vs classic bun

Which bun is best for you?

Buns have been a go-to hairstyle for years thanks in large part to their versatility. These tried-and-true updos come in all shapes and sizes. Some are worn low near the back of the neck, while others are worn high at the crown. The knots can be sleek, romantic, sophisticated, messy, whimsical-you get the idea-and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. What's more, buns don't take a whole lot of time (or effort, for that matter) to recreate, which is great news for your morning routine. Plus, you don't have to be a ballerina to rock a bun on the regular. Convinced yet? Good! Read on to discover two gorgeous bun styles worth trying this season. Beautifully braided or smooth and sleek-which bun is your favorite?


Braided Top Knot

Want to give your classic bun a unique spin? Give this eye-catching braided look a try. From the front, this style looks identical to a classic chignon, so much so that we're willing to bet most people will assume that's what it is. The joke's on them, though! From the back, tight braids peek through and add a touch of originality.


Unless you're a braiding master, we recommend visiting a professional stylist for this look. He or she can help you create clean and precise braids, as well as a smooth and slicked back crown. Take a screenshot of your favorite braided bun and bring it to your appointment for inspiration!


Classic Bun

The classic ballerina bun is polished and sophisticated. Worn high or low, this simple chignon can easily pull together almost any look, regardless of makeup or outfit. Best of all, this bun is not only easy to wear, it's also easy to master at home!


To get the look, start by brushing your hair into a tight ponytail. Secure the hair either at the base of your crown or the nape of your neck, depending on your style and/or mood. Next, twist the ponytail around itself and secure it with bobby pins throughout the perimeter. Follow with a spritz of hairspray to tame flyaways. For a wet-look effect, apply a generous amount of styling gel or wax to wet hair before pulling it back into a ponytail. Follow these instructions and it's safe to say your hair will always look on "pointe."

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