How to Create a Half Bun Hairstyle

by Gary Howe
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How to Create a Half Bun Hairstyle

The half-up half down look oozes sophistication and style while keeping your hair out of your face. So why not give it a try and add it to your list of go-to list of hairstyles?

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  • Preparing Your Hair for the Half Bun
  • What you need to achieve a half bun twist
  • How to create a half bun for long hair
  • How to create a half bun for shorter hair
  • How to create a half bun for fine hair

What is a Half-Bun Hairstyle?

This versatile style is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a day in the office or a formal event. And the best part? It works for all hair types and lengths, from straight to wavy to curly. Separate the top section of your hair, and smooth it back to create a bun on the crown of your head.

Preparing Your Hair for the Half Bun

Before diving into the steps of creating the perfect half-bun hairstyle, it's important to prepare your hair properly. Whether you have straight, curly, wavy, or shorter hair, these simple steps will help you achieve the desired look. If you have straight hair, consider using a curling iron to add some loose waves for added texture. On the other hand, if you have wavy or curly hair, embrace your natural texture and work with it.

A half bun works best on unwashed hair as the added texture helps the style stay in place and gives to the overall look of the image. If your hair is clean and fresh and has just been washed (not wet hair), add some texture with a texturising spray and tease some parts of your hair to create a lived-in look. If you have oily hair or need some extra volume, you can apply dry shampoo to the roots.

What you need to achieve a half bun twist

To achieve the perfect balance of volume, texture, and hold for your hair. Here's what you'll need:

Tail comb:
Begin by using the comb to part your hair in the middle, then gather all of your hair behind your ears and secure it into a ponytail. Take a small section of hair

Wide-Toothed Comb: Start by gently detangling your hair with a wide-toothed comb to ensure a smooth and knot-free base for your half-bun.

Hair Tie or Elastics: Secure your half-bun with a hair elastic. Opt for a thicker one to provide better hold and avoid any slipping throughout the day.

Hair Pins: Use a couple of bobby pins to secure any loose strands or flyaways that may be poking out from your half-bun.

Light Hold Hair Spray: Finish off your half-bun look by spritzing some light-hold hair spray to keep it in place all day. Focus the hair spray on the actual top knot, not on the hair left down, because you want this hair to remain soft and textured.

Hair Extension Brush: If you opt to enhance your half bun with hair extensions we recommend a smooth finish extension brush to care for your natural hair and extensions.

How to create a half bun for long hair

Step 1

Take both front sections of hair, including any hair extensions you have attached, and comb backwards to create a sleek, pulled-back look. You can add some pieces of hair from the back as well, just make sure you still have enough hair down.

Step 2

Gather your hair at the back tightly, begin twisting it, and then wrap it around itself to create a bun. Secure the end with hair grips and use grips throughout to keep it in place.

Step 3

To create this look, we used a Curly One Piece extension and lightly curled the model’s hair to match. This look would also work well if your extensions are straight, flicky or wavy, it’s just personal preference as to which style suits you.

Step 4

Voila! Get ready to rock the half-bun hairstyle, because it's all about embracing that effortless, carefree vibe. Don't stress about perfection here – let those loose strands and stray hairs add a whimsical touch to your look. With these easy steps, you'll transform your everyday style into something seriously stunning.

Watch Style Yourself's beautiful. This quick 2 minute video shows you how quick and easy it is to achieve a half up top knot.

How to create a half bun for shorter hair

If you have shorter hair, you might think that the half bun hairstyle is off-limits. You can still achieve a half-bun hairstyle by creating smaller sections of hair and using bobby pins to secure them in place. You can also add some volume by using a curling iron to create loose waves or curls before styling your half-bun. Adding style and texture to your hair will help keep the bun in place.

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How to create a half bun for fine hair

The beauty of the half bun is there is no need for tons of volume. You can add volume by curling your hair in small sections and using a wand to create loose waves. Other hacks include applying a dry texture spray along your roots and teasing the top half of your hair with a backcombing brush to create some gravity-defying height.

Using hair extensions to create the Half Bun hairstyle

Adding length and volume to natural hair can enhance any hairstyle, including the half bun hairstyle. Clip-in extensions can provide additional length, volume, and colour. Clip-in extensions typically involve sectioning your hair and applying pre-clipped wefts to the parted hair. Discover our top picks to elevate your half bun hairstyle to the next level!

Seamless Clip In Human Hair (Five Pieces): A lighter human hair set starting from £70. Available in 14" & 18" lengths. The set includes 5 preclipped tracks made from PU silicone that is designed to be seamless in fine thin hair.

Laced Clip in Human Hair (Four Pieces): A luxury option starting from £115. Available in 16" & 20" lengths. This set includes 4 preclipped laced wefts. The laced weft allows the sets to carry extra weight making them perfect for people with thicker hair.

One Piece Clip-ins: An affordable option starting from £29. Available in 16" & 20" lengths and 4 pre-styled options, straight, curly, flicky and wavy hair. Simply section your hair up from ear to ear and clip in the One Piece. Works well with a half bun by adding the extra volume you need. Made from Stranded Clever Fibre, a synthetic fibre designed to mimic human hair.

Using hair extensions can be the missing link to creating the half bun you love. Choosing the right colour is essential for nailing the look. At Stranded, we've made it easy with our free colour-matching service. Our expert, Emma, will personally match your hair colour. With a 99% success rate, we guarantee you'll be satisfied. And if you're not, don't worry! We offer free returns and exchanges. 

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Tips and Tricks for Perfecting Your Half-Bun Hairstyle

Whether you have straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair, you can easily create a half-bun hairstyle no matter what your hair texture or type. Here are some tips and tricks to help you perfect this hairstyle.

To add some extra hold and shine, use a shine spray or hair spray. This will help maintain the hairstyle throughout the day and give your half-bun a more finished look. Simply spray a small amount onto your hair before and after styling.

For a more adventurous look, consider adding braids to your hairstyle. French braids or festival braids can be paired nicely with a half-bun. Just braid sections of your hair that have been let down, and you're good to go.

Go from a basic half bun to fabulous with the addition of funky slides, a trendy hair clip, or a stylish scrunchie. Get your bun on point with the addition of some basic accessories.


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