How to Make Buns in Traditional Indian Hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

The traditional bun used in Indian hairstyles offers style and function to those looking for a way to do their long hair. The bun is simple to do, yet is totally versatile and can be worn to a variety of events. The bun is also a perfect choice if you simply want to get your hair out of your face. With the help of a few tools, you can set your hair in the traditional Indian bun hairstyle in no time.

Brush your hair to remove any tangles. Gather your hair in your hand behind your head at the height in which you desire the bun to sit—either at the nape of the neck or the middle or top of your head. Indian women wear the bun at all different heights. Be sure the hair that is against your head is smooth and free of any bumps.

Wrap the ponytail holder around the gathered hair to secure it into place. Split the hair that is in the holder into two sections.

Twist one of the sections in your hand until you have reached the end. Wrap the twisted hair tightly around the ponytail holder. When you have reached the end of the section, use a hair clip to secure it into place. Try to place the hair clips close to the ponytail holder so that you do not see them.

Twist the other section of hair and wrap it tightly around the other section that is already in place. Secure the end with hair clips the same way as the previous section.

Apply styling gel to your fingertips and smooth out any stray hairs coming out from the bun or your head. Spritz lightly with hairspray to keep your traditional Indian bun in place.


Wrap your hair as close to your head as possible. Doing so will prevent any hair from poking out of the bun. After you have created your bun, shake your head gently to see if it stays in place. If it doesn’t, secure it better with hair clips and hair gel. Apply barrettes, hair jewels or other accessories to add a bit of glamour to your bun.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair gel
  • Hairspray
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