Tried and true, the bun has steadily been working its way into every woman’s back pocket of hairstyles in a host of ways. Its creation is quick and easy with the help of the right products and tools, resulting in a coveted and effortless look. Whether you’re going for a style that’s modest and perfectly “undone” or for one a bit red carpet-­worthy, we’ve got you covered from the yoga mat to the Oscars.

 

The On­-the-­Go (effort:  15 seconds)

Taking only seconds to perfect, the ponytail bun is one of the fastest ways to a polished look on­-the-go. Begin boosting volume from the start with VO5 Salon Series Full Body + Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Once the hair is dry, use an elastic band to start pulling the hair into a ponytail. Instead of actually creating a ponytail by pulling the ends through the elastic, leave them as is to give the illusion of both a ponytail and a bun in the same hairstyle.

 

The Improviser (effort: 45 seconds)

When no hair elastic is in sight, it’s time to get resourceful. To start, hold your hair in the form of a ponytail and begin to twist the ponytail into a tight coil. Next, begin to wrap the ponytail in a circle around the base, where the elastic would normally be. After wrapping around once, take the ends of the ponytail and tuck them through the center of the newly formed bun, securing the up-­do. Keep strands in place with VO5 Salon Series Perfect Hold Styling Hairspray.

 

The Skyscraper (effort:  7 minutes)

Ever since Carrie Bradshaw sported this towering bun, women everywhere  have one more reason to follow in the Manhattanite’s Manolo Blahnik footsteps. Her secret? A foam, doughnut­‐shaped bun maker. To start, pull your hair into a ponytail, and slip the ponytail through the center of the bun maker so that the ring rests on your head. Next, spread the hair of your ponytail around the ring, making sure it’s entirely covered. To secure hair placement, add elastic around the bun. Wrap the remaining strands of hair sticking out from the underside of the bun around the elastic and secure with bobby pins. For extra hold and shine, finish the look with VO5 Salon Series Perfect Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

 

The Modern Day Ballerina (effort:  9 minutes)

Often considered to be the signature look of the danseuse, ornate buns are now making waves beyond the ballet bar. Max out on shine for this look by using V05 Salon Series Anti-­Frizz and Shine Styling Cream before blow drying. Once the hair is dry, start to form a ponytail at the center of your head. Braid the tail and wrap it in a circular motion around the base, tucking the ends under the bun. Secure with pins and finish with VO5 Salon Series Perfect Hold Hairspray.