How to Master the Cool-Girl Version of a Low Bun

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!

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If your hair is naturally straight or has just a slight wave you can start with your natural texture. Otherwise, blow it out smooth.

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Step One: Spray

For optimum sleekness, Atkin likes to spray the hairbrush with hairspray before brushing through. This tames flyaways and adds shine.

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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.

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Step Three: Smooth

Smooth a small amount of styling cream down the length of your ponytail to make your strands extra silky.

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Step Four: Split

Divide your ponytail into two equal parts.

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Step Five: Tie

Tie off each one with a small rubber band (it will be hidden in the bun later).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step Nine: Repeat

Do the same thing on the other side. Grab the bobby pin, and roll it up and away.

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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.

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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!