As we all learn eventually, even the simplest hairstyles can be a challenge to master. Low buns and updos are definitely part of this list, because as straightforward as they can be, these require small styling tweaks to look more flattering. This is especially true if you want your updos to have that "messy" and effortless vibe.
Fortunately, you don't need to have professional styling skills to pull off a messy bun everyday. All you need to do is cop Korean YouTuber Sang Hui's tried-and-true tips and we promise you'll be good to go! Scroll ahead to learn!
How to Style Low Buns and Updos to Look More Flattering
1. Don't part your hair.
The key to mastering natural-looking hairstyles is making sure there are no harsh lines in your look. This includes having no clear partitions, which Sang Hui says can even help you look younger!
2. Take note of where your bun sits.
To give your low bun a fuss-free effect, position it on the same level as the center of your ear. Putting it too low might make it appear too loose and make tying your tresses a bit more difficult.
For upstyles, Sang Hui recommends placing the bun five centimers below the crown. "If your bun sits at the top of your head, it's not natural and kind of looks old-fashioned. So I think it's perfect when you can hardly see the bun when you look in the mirror," she explains.
3. When tying your hair, don't put it through the elastic all the way.
Instead of pulling your hair all the way through the elastic like a ponytail, Sang Hui suggests stopping a quarter of the way. From there, grab the ends of your hair, wrap it around the bun, and secure the look by tucking the ends back into the elastic.
4. Don't forget to add volume.
Fingercombing and adjusting some areas of your low bun can do wonders for volume. "For that natural look, just mess it up a little bit and pull on some small sections to add some details," Sang Hui says. When doing this step, try to take your face shape into consideration, too. For example, if you have a longer face like Sang Hui, you can opt to add volume to the sides by pulling your bun horizontally.
5. For a low bun style, frame your face with side bangs.
Face-framing details are crucial to a flattering low bun. If you have side bangs, here's how to style them: "Pull your hair and heat the roots a bit and create the curl like this. The main point is not to go directly to the side to create the curl. If you do it that way, your hair doesn't have any volume. Curve it forward then to the side."
Another tip is to curl the hair behind your ears so your bun looks more put-together even if it has that messy feel to it!
6. Make sure your bun is the right size.
The size of your updo should be just enough to be proportional to the size of your head and the length of your hair. It should neither be too big nor too small! For reference, here's how Sang Hui's up style starts before she wraps her ends around it (see #3 for the technique!).
7. For updos, use your baby hairs as face-framing details.
Instead of using side bangs to frame your face, use your baby hairs to add some flair to your updos. You can iron them to curl towards the directions, or use your fingers to to fluff them up and cover your hairline. Sang Hui pulls and curls her baby hairs to the side like a miniature fringe!
One thing to note is that you should minimize the amount of baby hairs around your face as possible. "If you have too many baby hairs on your face it's messy and makes you look tired. So for a better look, no bangs, just some baby hairs," Sang Hui stresses.
If you follow these tips, this is how your low bun and updo hairstyles should look!
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