How to do a side bun

Create a side bun with medium to long hair for a casual day or a dramatic evening look. The side bun is derived from the chignon of the 20s. The hair is smoothed back to the nape of the neck and pulled to the side, to create a trendy look. Once the bun is in place, insert hair accessories around the bun for a flirty look, or use a comb to create loose strands for a messy style. Pair the side bun with elegant attire, or a simple T-shirt and jeans.

Begin with unwashed hair. Hair that is recently washed and conditioned may not hold form as well as slightly dirty hair. Wavy or unruly hair may need to be straightened with a flat iron, prior to creating a side bun.

Apply a shine serum to the hair and distribute it evenly with a hairbrush.

Create a deep side part on one side of your head. The side bun will be placed on the opposite side.

Brush all side and back hair into a low ponytail located at the opposite side of the front part. The fringe should be swept across the front of the forehead, just above the eyebrow line, and pulled into the ponytail. Use hair clips to secure fringe that are too short against your head. Shorter fringe that cannot pull into a ponytail should brush forward.

Pull the ponytail downward, at an angle, and begin to twist the hair. The hair will start to coil around the base of the ponytail holder. Wrap the twisted hair around the base of the ponytail and secure with hair clips.

Spray the side bun, and back hair, with medium-hold hairspray to secure the look.


Use the tail of the comb to pull hair strands out for a messy appearance. Place rhinestone or stone pins into the side bun for an elegant look.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat iron
  • Shine serum
  • Hairbrush
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair clips
  • Medium-hold hairspray
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Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.