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If you've seen side buns on celebs or atop models strolling down runways, you've likely developed a desire to create your own uber-cool side bun. Though classic buns include your entire coif, new styles follow the on-trend half-up hairstyles by only making use of the top layer of your hair. These hairstyles may seem a bit tricky, but once you get a handle on a few different looks, styling them will become a cinch.
Parted and Wrapped Bun
If you have thick hair and need some extra help getting that bun to stay put, start with a mesh hair styler, doughnut shaped piece of mesh available at beauty supply stores. This is also fab for women just starting out with buns. Create a deep side part and pull your bulky side up above your ear, creating a ponytail and securing with a hairband. Pull your hair through the hole in the center of the styler. Wrap your hair outward, tucking it around and behind the styler. Slide bobby pins into both your hair and the styler for a secure hold. Leave the rest of your hair down.
Front and to the Side
When you're in a super fashion-forward, experimental mood, opt for a bun that's placed to the side in the very front of your hair. Yes, seriously. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely seen on starlets, this look is super simple. Pull the top layers of your hair forward toward your hairline, grabbing the layers from the top of your ear up for a half-up finish. Gather your hair directly over one eye and twist your strands until they coil, spiraling into a bun. Secure with tonal bobby pins and you're done.
Romantic Messy Side Bun
Particularly when you're hoping for a chic hairstyle without spending tons of time, the romantic messy side bun is where it's at. Blow your hair out smooth with a blow-dryer and a paddle brush. If you have bangs, casually sweep them to the side. Gather the top layers of your hair back and to the side, just above ear level. Loosely twist your hair into a bun, but keep everything as messy as possible. Secure with bobby pins and let your bun hang at will, leaving your bottom layers down and messy -- a super soft look.
Braided Side Bun
If you're totally in love with braids, you can combine two trends in one with a braided side bun. Sweep your top layer of hair -- from the tops of your ears and up -- to the side of your head, directly above one ear. Smooth your hair as you go and gather into a ponytail, securing with a tonal hairband. Braid the ponytail, wrap it in circles into a bun and then secure with tonal bobby pins. Leave the rest of your hair hanging down your back or pulled forward over the opposite shoulder for balance.