Gigi Hadid makes a tight bun look like the fiercest 'do of 2018. Even though buns are considered basic, a chic accessory infuses the look with creativity at the Spring 2019 Fendi show in Milan. This take on a sleek bun makes for the perfect work-to-play style.
Elsa Hosk's super-sleek bun is ideal for your everyday work look, especially if you have short hair. This gel updo is easy to maintain throughout the day — when in doubt, just add a bit more product.
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The Duchess's sleek bun works with her simple gown because it's at the perfect height. Any higher gets into cheerleader-princess territory; any lower feels much more subdued for an already low-key look.
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The easiest way to jazz up a good ol' bun? Dyed extensions. Bella Hadid gets playful with neon pink extensions in her bun at the Dior Homme show in Tokyo.
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This updo is all business on bottom and all party on top. The juxtaposition of style is a perfect go-to look when you want to look effortlessly undone. For extra pizazz, add hair jewelry.
This knot is an overachiever. It can work at gym, at work, and even when you're out dancing — and it's always a staple on the runway during Fashion Week. The I-just-woke-up vibe is tempered by knotting a silk scarf around it and smoothing down flyaways with a hair mist.
Sleek buns are the universal answer to every hair problem. Too much time between hair color appointments? Slick back your hair in a low bun to minimize the contrast between your roots and the rest of your hair. Damaged strands from heat styling? Wrap up your hair with a touch of coconut oil and secretly nourish your hair by day. It’s been three days since your last wash? Gather your oily strands in a top knot and no one will be the wiser. There is no hair woe the sleek bun can’t handle.
Case in point: Some of the most iconic names are relying on the no-nonsense bun for major events. The sleek bun is Meghan Markle’s go-to hairdo, and the all-time French girl favorite. We’re predicting the neat and business-y bun will be your signature style before long, too. Here are some of the best sleek buns to inspire you to wear this chic, timeless and easy hairstyle.