As someone who quite honestly just can't be bothered to spend hours styling their hair on a daily basis, I am always on the lookout for hairstyles that look good but with minimum effort. And while a ponytail might be one of the first styles that spring to mind if you're looking for something quick and easy, it isn't the most favoured look amongst celebrities and fashion girls. No, their "basic" hairstyle of choice is actually the bun. Why? Well, it takes basically no skill (just twist up your hair at the nape of your neck or on top of your head and secure with a hairband) yet it has the ability to add major cool-girl points to your look in moments. Trust me.
Keep scrolling to see 25 of the best bun hairstyles as demoed by some of my favourite celebrities and fashion friends. Oh, and check out this step-by-step guide on how to get the ultimate bun if you're a total newbie to the style.
The fashion-girl way to wear a bun? Pulled back low at the neck like Monikh.
Backcomb your hair at the crown to give your bun a little more oomph like Meghan's.
I adore how Felicity Hayward's bleach-blonde strands look styled in this cute mini topknot.
Jennifer Lopez's wet-look bun is giving me serious California cool-girl vibes. You can get this look by combing a little gel through your hair before twisting it up. Be sparing, though—you want to look like you've been chilling by a pool, not like you've forgotten to wash your hair.
Laura Harrier's "faux" bun is created by wrapping one braid atop her head for an unexpected twist on this classic style.
What's better than one bun? Two, of course! Yara's cute double-bun hairstyle is so '90s—and so damn cute.
To re-create Stephanie's chic Scandi bun, braid your hair first and then twist it up at the nape of your neck.
I love the way that Margot's award-season bun still feels relaxed and carefree. Keep the ends of the bun untucked and allow strands to fall loose around the nape of your neck for a similarly carefree finish.
Taking the bun to the next level, Beyoncé's updo is seriously glamorous and packing a punch in the volume department.
There's something decidedly retro about the way that Alyssa has paired her elegant Audrey Hepburn–esque bun with a cool wavy fringe. Love.
French-girl fringe + gravity-defying topknot = an anything-but-basic bun. Priyanka, I'll definitely be copying this.
Live by Ada's motto: The more buns, the merrier.
Bella Hadid's simple micro-bun screams off-duty model and proves that the style isn't just for long-haired girls.
VB has three trademark hairstyles—tousled waves, ponytail and a basic bun. And when she can make a topknot look this chic, who can blame her?