When done right, low buns are the perfect mix of elegant and cool, a combination that's difficult to achieve. We went straight to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin to figure out exactly how to pull off the look.
Scroll through for a step-by-step tutorial on a sleek and chic low bun!Justin Coit
If your hair is naturally straight or has just a slight wave you can start with your natural texture. Otherwise, blow it out smooth.Justin Coit
Step One: Spray
For optimum sleekness, Atkin likes to spray the hairbrush with hairspray before brushing through. This tames flyaways and adds shine.Justin Coit
Step Two: Brush
Brush your hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. To get it really smooth, Atkin recommends using a boar-bristle hairbrush.
Step Three: Smooth
Smooth a small amount of styling cream down the length of your ponytail to make your strands extra silky.Justin Coit
Step Four: Split
Divide your ponytail into two equal parts.Justin Coit
Step Five: Tie
Tie off each one with a small rubber band (it will be hidden in the bun later).Justin Coit
Step Six: Pin
At the bottom of each section, insert a bobby pin vertically, so one prong is inside the hair tie and the other is out.Justin Coit
Step Seven: Roll
Grab both ends of the bobby pin and start rolling your hair away from your face and up towards the back of your head.Justin Coit
Step Eight: Secure
Roll that piece all the way up the base of your ponytail, and pin it in place with a few bobby pins.Justin Coit
Step Nine: Repeat
Do the same thing on the other side. Grab the bobby pin, and roll it up and away.Justin Coit
Step Ten: Place
Once you've reached the top, secure it with bobby pins. This section should fit nicely in with the first one-you'll be able to feel a spot for it to slip into.Justin Coit
Tackle any rough bits with a dab of styling cream, and you're done! There you have it: a chic, sleek chignon that's way cooler than your average low bun.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup Artist: Roxy
Producer: Jenna Peffley
Model: Ashley Rogers
Fashion credits: Topshop sweater
Don't miss Atkin's undone waves tutorial and find even more hair inspiration on her website Mane Addicts!