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12 Buns for the Holidays

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, isn’t it? France is so beautiful this time of year, I love it. They decorate the cities with lights strewn in between the buildings. They have Christmas markets almost everywhere and of course all the stores are decorated as well. It’s so festive!

I want to get in the spirit too! To be honest, I’ve had this stinkin’ gnarly cold for a week that I can’t kick and it’s killing me. I can’t afford to be sick, I’ve got things to do!! So today I thought I’d round up a bunch of beautiful buns you can easily do that will be perfect for your next holiday party while I dream about actually wearing makeup someday (it’s been a while…). They are easy & quick and most of them can be done on dirty hair. Yep, that’s my kind of style!

12 Holiday hair buns


Kate Middleton Braided Bun

Kate Middleton Bun


This might look more intricate, but it’s actually simple. All you need to know is how to French braid. And how to tease your hair, but I have a tutorial for that here. You can even add a pretty bow or fun holiday hair piece that would make this extra festive. But in all reality, who doesn’t want to look like Kate Middleton? Or at the very least have her hair. You can find the whole tutorial here.

Poofy Bun for Fine Hair



I have rather thick hair and I know a lot of people can’t relate to that. But back when Christie was writing here she had a few awesome tutorials for fine, thin, short hair! You can style it how you want it! Actually, in a lot of ways I think it might be easier. You can check out Christie’s full tutorial here.

Triple Twisted Buns

twisted updo for short hair


Back when I cut my hair short last year (WWWHHHHHYYYY???) I was able to try a bunch of short hair styles. It was fun for a while, but I really miss my super long hair. Someone talk me out of cutting my hair if I ever say that again! This one is three twisted buns in the back for a pretty up-do! It’s easy to do, just twist and pin, and oh so pretty! Here is the full tutorial.

Messy Side Bun

messy side updo for short hair

See, the thing about styles like this is that they look a lot more intimidating than they really are. But the best thing about purposefully messy styles is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You could totally mess it up and just say it’s your version of a particular style! I think this look would be absolutely perfect for a holiday party. Add a pretty flower or something & you’re good to go! Here is the full tutorial with a video!

Messy Top Knot for Short Hair

messy top knot in short hair


I did a post a while back, like a year and a half ago actually (wow, time flies!) with some great top knots to try. It was a big hit here & on Pinterest and the biggest hit of them all was the ‘messy top knot.’ I think it’s a style we’ve all been wearing for ages — we’re just excited for it to officially be a hairstyle now! So when I chopped my hair, I knew I had to include the shorties in the whole messy top knot business. I mean, every girl should have a 5 second hair-do in her repertoire! I have a video tutorial for it and everything!

The Headband Bun

headband bun

This is the easiest of them all. All you need Β is a pretty headband and maybe some bobby pins. Put the headband on top of your hair, take all the hair in the back, roll it up and tuck it into the headband. BAM. That’s it. You could also wear a regular headband and just place a cute half-headband on top of that for style. I’m not sure you’ll need it, but I have a tutorial for it with a video! It was pretty popular on my YouTube Channel!

Pretty Chic Updo

big low chignon


This is honestly one of my all-time favorites. I mean, I’m all about messy & right-out-the-door kind of styles, but this one is very classy & chic. Very Audrey Hepburn. It takes a little more skill as far as pinning goes, but other than that, it’s still pretty easy. If you need some help with how to use bobby pins, here’s a tutorial. Also you can find the play-by-play for this one here.

Double Rope Braid Bun

double rope braided bun

Isn’t this one pretty? I love this one! It reminds me of Julia Robert’s hair in a scene in Notting Hill. (Just watched that movie, still love it.) If you know how to rope braid, it’s simple. If you don’t know how to rope braid, teach yourself, it’s really simple. If you can’t French braid, you’ll be able to rope braid since you’re only managing two pieces instead of three. I have the tutorial for this style with a video riiiiight here! πŸ™‚

Braided Chignon


I love anything I can do on dirty hair, because, let’s be honest, my hair is just a little dirty most of the time. But nothing a little dry shampoo can’t fix! This hairstyle was done on dirty hair, but with the dry shampoo for volume and to help with the teasing and braiding the rest of it, they’ll never know! I think it’s really pretty, I hope you do too! Here’s the tutorial for it.

Ballerina Bun

big chic bun

You really can’t go wrong with the ballerina bun! It’s so beautiful and chic. You do need one of those bun maker things which you can find at Target or Sally’s, some bobby pins & hair pins and that’s it! There’s two ways to go about doing it, and I have them for you right here. You can also add a French braid up the back — like the first photo in this post – to add a little umph to this style.

Low Chignon

low chignon

This is basically just a bunch of tease and a low bun. We’re gonna call it a chignon because that’s more fancy, but you get the idea. It’s super easy and I walk you through it right here. You could add a fancy headband or twist your bangs back in one of these fun ways. Or curl your bangs a little for a fancier look. So many options!

Lauren Conrad Braided Bun

LC braided bun

Lastly but most certainly not least, the LC braided bun. This one is an oldie but goodie. I had seen a picture of Lauren with a pretty pulled-back bun. This was the best way I could find how to do it all the while staying within my ‘easy for everyone’ guidelines. I have a step-by-step for you here, but it’s as easy as pulling it to the side, creating a simple braid, wrapping that into a bun, and finishing by wrapping the front hair around the bun. See, told you!

So out of all 12 of these looks, there has got to be at least one that inspires you to try it this holiday season! I’m sure you have a party or two to go to — go ahead and give one a try!

But just curious, if you have a holiday party to attend, do you usually like to try something new or stick to what you’ve always known?


13 Responses to 12 Buns for the Holidays

  1. Sheila December 10, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Awesome post Natalia – some great “twists” on a classic – not necessarily just a holiday look – it is so hot in South Florida that I almost always wear my hair “up” – once again you have inspired me to try something a little different !

    • Natalia December 12, 2013 at 5:52 am #

      Oh good! And yes, you’re right, these can really be worn any time. And I’m with you, when I’m in the Bahamas my hair is always up. I just can’t have it on my neck!

  2. Simply Sabrina December 10, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    The ballerina bun will always be my favorite, but I will have to try out the headband one! Love it! Great roundup, thanks!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

    • Natalia December 12, 2013 at 5:51 am #

      Glad you like it! The ballerina bun is one of my favorites too!

  3. Lisa December 10, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Beautiful hair styles. I’ll have to try some on my daughter…My hair is too short for a bun. πŸ™

    • Natalia December 12, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      Sometimes shorter works better! Unless, of course, it’s really short! Then yes, I guess it’d be better on your daughter! πŸ™‚

  4. Niki December 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I love the triple twisted bun and the party chic updo is so gorgeous! I wish I was better at doing my hair! It’s one of my downfalls in the beauty department!

    • Natalia December 12, 2013 at 5:49 am #

      I’m sure you could do some of these, I promise, I only do ones that are easy!

  5. Amanda D December 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for putting this together. I always need a little inspiration to get me out of that bun rut. My favorite of these is the double rope braid bun…and now I really want to watch Notting Hill! πŸ™‚

  6. Amanda D December 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Oooh I always need more bun inspiration. I especially like the double rope braid bun and the one at the very beginning (the title picture). Do have any suggestions for doing the french braid part successfully?

    • Natalia December 12, 2013 at 5:48 am #

      I separate the bottom hair out and pin the top hair to keep it out of the way. Then I flip my head over and braid up. I actually continue braiding so the braid will keep tight. Then I secure it with a pony tail holder and then you can take out the rest of the braid and make the bun. Hope this helps!

      • Amanda D December 12, 2013 at 9:53 am #

        Oops, sorry for double commenting. Thanks for the advice! That sounds like a much better way than how I’ve been trying to do it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

        • Natalia December 13, 2013 at 7:33 am #

          Sounds good, good luck!

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