I like to think I’m someone who stays up-to-date on style trends. For example, I know that every fashion blogger will be photographed wearing high-waisted flare jeans and dark berry lip stain on their Instagram feeds this fall.
So I was kind of shocked when I recently learned that I missed one of the biggest hair trends this summer: the half bun. Had I known about it, the “hun” would’ve been my go-to for keeping my almost-grown-out bangs off my face when DC was sweltering.
Of course, now that I’m familiar with the hairstyle, I’m seeing half-up buns everywhere. Like at the BHG Stylemaker Event earlier this month, where not one, but two bloggers were sporting the partial topknot.
Although it does seem kind of strange to call the half bun a hairstyle since it takes almost no effort to achieve. You know how you gather your hair into a messy topknot when you’re washing your face or sweating it out at SoulCycle? The part-ponytail, part-bun that results when you throw back your hair up looking in a mirror?
The half bun is the same thing, except you use only the top half of your hair.
I think the hun looks best slightly undone with a few casual waves for texture, but you can also wear it prim and proper in a doughnut-shaped twist. I also prefer how it looks when the hair is pulled back just above the temples rather than at the ears, but the beauty of the half bun is that you can wear it however you want.
Even guys can pull off the half-up bun. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jared Leto’s glorious man bun from 2014 was actually the inspiration for this half up, half down hairstyle.
So tell me, what do you think of the half bun? Effortlessly modern or too messy to wear in public?
PS – For more easy hairstyles, head over to Cool Mom Picks for my latest column on how to update your ponytail.