Space buns are the ultimate cute-yet-edgy hairstyle, combining 90s vibes with festival fun and an e-girl edge. Naturally, they’ve become popular in 2020, and the trend is only growing for 2021. Surprisingly versatile, there are so many different ways to wear space buns and adapt them to your liking – whether your hair is long, short, thin, thick, curly, or straight. Keep reading to find out the hottest space bun hairstyles that will be everywhere this year.
1. Messy buns with tendrils
For the perfect casual take on the trend, try space buns with tendrils. The loose front pieces frame your face beautifully, making the hairstyle more flattering for both round and square face shapes. At the same time, the tendrils make the whole look softer and more feminine. To nail the style, make sure your space buns aren’t too tight or slick – the messier, the better.
2. Space Buns with Bangs
Whether you have blunt bangs or wispy bangs, you can always rock the space bun trend. The bangs help balance the proportions of your face and make space bun hairstyles more flattering, especially if you have a large forehead. It is also a hairstyle that can make you look younger. Perfect for brunch, shopping, or a day at the beach, fringed space buns are a super cute look you’ll want to wear again and again.
3. Space Buns with Box Braids
Space buns with a box braid hairstyle have a cool Afro-punk vibe that is perfect for women who like to stand out from the crowd. Giving you the best of both worlds, you’ll be able to show off your long, beautiful, and sexy box braids while rocking them with eye-catching space buns. With a bold 90s and early 2000s feel, pair it with retro accessories like tinted shades and a cheongsam-style top.
4. Space buns with wet effect
Unlike other wet look hairstyles, these space buns are not completely slicked down. Instead, the hairstyle involves styling your baby hair — and the buns themselves — to mimic floating in water. To nail this glamorous yet free-spirited look, leave out a few tendrils from your space buns and around your face. Next, use gel to position your baby hairs on your forehead in a wavy pattern.
5. Space buns with glitter
Enhance your space buns for a festival – or special occasion – by adding glitter. The shimmer looks great with all hair colors and makes your style pop. For a fun and unique twist, you can make the updos themselves glittery or try a trendy glittery parting.
6. Space buns with scrunchies
Get into the laid back vibe of 90s space buns by adding scrunchies. These eye-catching hair accessories instantly bring a touch of personality to your hairstyle and make it more playful and unique. Customize the look by choosing different scrunchie patterns and colors, or match them to your outfit.
7. Space Buns Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Blue Hair
Blue hair has been a big trend over the past year, and it’s not going anywhere this year. The color is popular because it symbolizes freedom of expression – and it suits a wide variety of skin tones. If you’ve just taken the plunge and tried it for the first time, a half-up half-down hairstyle lets you show off your new ocean-hued hair while creating a cute mermaid-and-fairy look.
8. Space Buns with Braids
One of the most stylish ways to wear space buns is to pair them with braids. The braids create a beautiful woven effect whilst ensuring there are no flying hairs – perfect for events such as a special family dinner or attending a wedding. And while it looks more complex than the classic version of the hairstyle, space braided buns aren’t too difficult if you know how to braid your hair upside down using the French or Dutch technique.
9. Short Haired Space Buns
Space buns are versatile and suit a variety of different hair lengths, from long to short. If you have a lob, try a half-up, half-down space bun style. Cute and pretty, it’s an unexpected and adorable way to shake up your everyday look. To add extra volume to buns, first create two ponytails and use the backcombing technique or mini hair donuts, and wrap the hair around them for a fuller look.
10. Space Buns with Loose Hair
For those with extra-long, extra-thick hair, pulling all your locks into spacey buns is impossible. However, you can still achieve the same look by taking smaller side sections near the crown of your head and twisting them into buns. Clip them in and leave the rest of your hair loose with big, bouncy waves. Sexy and cute, the hairstyle will not weigh you down and will also show off your glorious long locks.
11. Mini Thin Hair Space Buns
If you are looking for an easy new hairstyle, mini space buns are ideal for thin hair. Fine hair can often be difficult to style as it tends to be very straight and straight and lacks volume. Yet mini space buns require no texturizers, heat styling, or extensions. They have a cool 90s vibe and can be styled in seconds, so they’re perfect if you’re short on time too.
12. Space Buns with Natural Hair
Natural hair space buns are also called puffs, puffballs or pom poms. Super cute and ideal for medium-length natural hair, the style keeps curls under control while showing off your gorgeous texture. Plus, it’s one of the quickest natural hairstyles to do – just smooth the edges and secure your curls in both buns with hair ties. However, as with most natural styles, it’s important not to leave your puffs too long to keep your edges healthy.
13. Bow-shaped space buns with braids
One of the cutest space bun hairstyles are bow buns with braids. Like other braided bun styles, it involves Dutch braiding your hair from the back to the crown while making arched buns from the front part. It looks just as adorable on kids, making it a perfect choice for a mommy and me photo shoot or a matching hairstyle for your little one’s birthday party.
14. Messy Space Buns
Messy space buns top the list as one of the quickest and easiest – yet coolest and cutest – hairstyles. While pretty and feminine, messy space buns are also casual and perfect for a casual date, brunch, or fun day out. Prevent the buns from being too chunky by twisting them a bit more and securing them with bobby pins for the perfect sexy, messy finish. As with most messy hairstyles, it’s important to balance it out with fresh, yet neat makeup, so you always look neat.
15. Five space buns
Treat yourself to the ultimate 90s makeover with five space buns. Inspired by bantu knots – a traditional African hairstyle where the hair is twisted into bun-like knots – the five space bun look has come back into vogue in 2020 and is only growing in popularity. Perfect for the summer months, these buns always command attention and look fantastic when paired with shades, makeup or jewelry.
Are space buns still in style?
Space buns have come back into vogue over the last year or so, and they’re expected to be even more popular in 2021.
When did space buns become popular?
The hairstyle first became popular in the 1990s, worn by stars like Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and the Spice Girls.
What are space buns?
Space buns are also called double buns or puff buns. The name comes from Princess Leia’s iconic double bun hairstyle in the original 1970s Star Wars movie. However, over time the hairstyle has changed to feature much smaller buns that sit near the crown of the head, rather than oversized buns on the side.
Aren’t space buns unprofessional?
Because they tend to make you look younger — and are often associated with festivals and raves — space buns aren’t generally considered a professional hairstyle. However, the braided space bun hairstyle might be acceptable in a workplace, as it has a more formal appearance.
How to make space buns with fine hair?
Those with thin hair can still wear the space buns style – try mini space buns and leave most of your hair down.
How do you make a space bun look bigger?
Make your space buns look bigger with a backcombing technique or with hair donuts. If you have naturally fine or fine hair, you can try using hair extensions, such as a ponytail extension, to make your updos look fuller.
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