The Celeb Style to Steal: A High Bun
Miley Cyrus has since chopped off her bun, but we loved the look. Her towering 'do is pretty simple to steal and it's the perfect style to complement a casual getup. Just pull your hair up into a high ponytail so it lands between your hairline and your crown. Then, twist your hair gently until it starts to coil around itself. Wrap it around your hair tie loosely to get a fuller shape, and secure it with two to three bobby pins (the thicker your hair, the more bobby pins you'll need to keep your 'do from unwinding).
Flawless and Full
American Reunion actress, Dania Ramirez chose to go for a sleekly styled bun recently. Her thick hair lends to a super-full top-knot that we're kind of obsessed with. If your bun isn't as thick as you'd like it to be, clip in a hair weft (aka extension) underneath a layer of your hair in between the crown and nape of your neck, but put it in upside down. That way when you go to pull it up into a ponytail the clips that keep it in won't bulge out because they're being pulled in the opposite direction.
AnnaLynne McCord's natural texture adds a cool element to this top knot, showing us not all buns have to have a smooth finish. We also love how she left a few pieces out of the style to frame her face.
Don't have this hair texture naturally? Scrunch your hair with gel and blow it dry with a diffuser before you sweep it back and up into a high bun. Then secure with bobby pins or wrap an elastic band around the top-knot to keep it in place.
Tossed Up and Tinted
Kelly Osborne's colorful 'do can be done in under a minute. Simply pull your hair up toward the crown of your head, brushing out any kinks along the way. Then, twist your hair and twirl it around itself -- no hair elastic required. Finish with a bobby pin or two to secure your style.
A top knot like Olivia Munn's requires a boar bristle brush and an elastic band. Smooth your strands back toward your crown using the boar bristle brush, then twist your ponytail until it starts to coil around itself. Finish the look by wrapping the hair tie around the bun to keep it from unraveling.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks absolutely gorgeous wearing a high bun. Coveting her style? Do it yourself by smoothing your strands with a boar bristle brush toward the crown of your head. After you put your hair into a ponytail, twist the hair slightly and wrap it upward and around the elastic band for a fuller-looking bun.
Secure it into place, and then smooth the top knot with your brush to tame any flyaways -- you can even top your boar bristle brush with a bit of shine serum, like Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz Sleek & Shine Serum, $6.49, amazon.com, to get that stunning sheen. After you've gone over your bun, using the same brush and any excess shine serum left on it to go over the front, sides, and back of your hair to keep the look cohesive.
Unpolished and Pretty
To create Taylor Swift's slightly high bun, pull your hair back -- using your hands instead of a brush to achieve that unpolished look -- until your hair is gathered just below your crown. Then, put your hair in a ponytail and wrap your hair loosely around the elastic band in a way that it doesn't look entirely perfect. Slide two bobby pins in an "X" formation (translation: slide one overtop of the other diagonally) to secure the style.
Not all top knots have to be professional-looking. We're into Jessica Alba's on-the-run easy updo that can literally be done in five seconds. Simply use your fingers to rake your hair as if you're going to put it into a ponytail. Then, wrap a hair elastic around your strands a few times without pulling your hair the whole way through, so it leaves a small bun-like-looking loop.
Leona Lewis: That's one high bun. To score this singer's style, pull your hair into a ponytail, using a boar bristle brush to smooth out the front, sides, and back of your hair. Then, put your hair into a ponytail and enlist the help of Sarah Potempa's The Wrap-Up, $24 for two, qvc.com, a styling tool that makes creating buns a breeze.
Here's how it works: Pull your hair through the center hole and slide The Wrap-Up down to the ends of your hair. Then, roll your hair upward until you reach the ponytail. Bend both sides of The Wrap-Up down and around, and then move your hair around to cover the ends of it.
Piled High and Polished
We love how Maria Menounos's bun resembles Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's style. To get her look, part your hair above the arch in your right eyebrow and sweep the hair along your hairline to the left. Brush the right side of your hair back with a boar bristle brush to create a smooth finish, and then gather your tresses into a pile on top of your crown. From there, loosely wind your hair around itself and pin it into place with a few bobby pins.