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The battle of the buns: the top knot vs. the low messy bun

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The top knot vs. the low messy bun

Buns of all kinds are popular this season! Which look will be your go-to hairstyle of choice for those mornings you need a fashionable – but fast – style? The top knot or the low messy bun?

The top knot

The hairstyle: This bun is a graphic style that can be personalized in a variety of ways. Braid the back of your hair for a unique twist, leave some strands loose, add some volume...the choice is yours! The only two major rules for a top knot are, slick down the top part of your hair and make your bun high. Control any flyaways with serum like Absolut Repair Lipidium Serum or hairspray.

The style: The top knot looks best with high necks, like turtlenecks. This hairstyle elongates the face and brings more attention to it, so feel free to play around with different makeup colors, especially bold lip colors.

What the editors say: The top knot is less severe than the ballerina bun and is easy to create when you have less than 5 minutes to do your hair. It's a polished style that can be dressed up or down for anywhere you need to go!

The low messy bun

The hairstyle: Many buns have a serious vibe to them, since they're meant to look "perfect." The messy bun – especially the low messy bun – is a wonderful softer option. It looks great on any type of hair, and you can rock the style on 2nd or 3rd day hair. Be sure to leave some strands loose, and if you ever want to add more texture to the hairstyle, use texturizing spray like Next Day Hair from Wild Stylers by L'Oréal Professionnel.

The style: A chic low-back dress would look great with a low messy bun if you want to dress the hairstyle up. A leather jacket and a nude lip color would give the hairstyle a casual rocker feel.

What the editors say: This hairstyle is a fast option that can be taken from day to night. It can even be worn at the gym and then to a café for a coffee with friends after – talk about versatile!

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