8 Bun Hairstyles to Do When You Have to Turn Zoom Video On

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Meghan Markle, Selena Gomez, Renee Zellweger in different bun hairstyles
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Nowadays, some of the most exclusive invites are on Zoom. From meetings with your boss, to book readings and friendly meetups, the way we live and socialize has stayed virtual in many ways.

We know you're only traveling from your bed to your couch, but there's nothing wrong with wanting to do something about your second (or third day) hair before turning your video on.

Enter the bun. Next to the ponytail, no updo is more versatile than a messy or sleek bun. High or low, braided, or tousled, the style quickly makes you look like a decent human without putting much effort into doing your hair.

Even Anthony Cole, Sebastian Professional lead stylist, agrees that messy buns are the new ponytail. "You can actually go from a ponytail to a messy bun super easily," he says. "Especially right now since we are all at home and do not have access to a stylist to do our hair, this is a super simple look to try for video chats or hanging out at home."

Here, eight bun hairstyle ideas that are unbelievably cool and easy to do.

The Messy Bun

Julianne Hough in a messy bun updo
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You know it, you love it, you used to wear it to the gym. The messy bun comes off as effortless, but not sloppy. Once you have your bun set at the crown of your head, tousle with your fingers by gently tugging the knot to loosen it up. Finish with a coat of lightweight hairspray like TRESemme Micro Mist Hair Spray Level 1 Texture Hold Level 1 to maintain the updo's texture.

The Ballerina Bun

Kerry Washington in ballerina bun updo hairstyle
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The reason a ballerina bun is a classic style? It's a look that works well for all hair types and textures. Before creating your bun, Cole recommends running a nourishing oil through your hair for smoothness and better control. He's a fan of Sebastian Professional Dark Oil. You can also use some gel if your hair is on the kinkier side.

The Bun With Tendrils

Jennifer Lopez in a twisted bun with tendrils updo hairstyle
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Some parts of high school live on past graduation day, like the hairstyle you wore to prom. Face-framing tendrils are trending and an easy way to dress up a bun. If you're doing a twisted bun like J.Lo, Cole says to make a ponytail first. Then, divide the tail in two sections and twist them. Wrap the twisted tail around the base of the pony and secure it in place with bobby pins.

The Messy Bun With Bangs

Selena Gomez in messy top knot with curtain bangs hairstyle
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As far as effortless hair goes, curtain bangs and a messy top knot is always a winning combo. "If you want to have a fringe with your bun, leave your fringe down from the crown to the recession on both sides, before creating the ponytail structure for your bun," says Cole.

The Wispy Tousled Bun

Laura Harrier in wavy hair high bun with wispy flyaways
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Instead of smoothing your hair, work with your natural texture. Just look at how amazing Laura Harrier's wavy hair looks in a high bun with wispy flyaways. When working with wavy hair, spritz a wave spray to enhance your natural curl pattern. Ouai Wave Spray is a sea salt-free option that doesn't make hair crunchy.

The Low Bun

Renee Zellweger center part low bun hairstyle
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Leaving your part instead of brushing it back is another way to personalize a bun. Take Renee Zellweger's center part for example.

The Doughnut Bun

Meghan Markle in doughnut bun hairstyle
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"Using a donut in your bun can help you with creating volume and containing layers," says Cole. While Meghan Markle's low messy bun is infamous, her voluminous high bun is just as simple to DIY. After tying your hair in a ponytail, Cole says to pull the donut to the bottom of the ponytail and fasten it with a bobby pin. Next, work the hair around the doughnut until the donut is fully concealed. You can adjust the bun to your desired shape and volume by pulling the hairs little by little, just remember to maintain the bun's structure.

The Braided Bun

Tessa Thompson in a braided low bun hairstyle

Yes, a sleek braided bun can be effortless, too. First, tie your hair back into a tight low ponytail and then braid it. Wrap the plait around the base of your ponytail and you're good to join that Zoom call. Bonus feature: This style is ideal for if you want to multitask by doing a repairing hair treatment while you video chat. Run a leave-in conditioner or mask through your hair before styling your bun.

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