10 Step by Step Side Bun Hairstyles: Tutorials You Will Love

Side bun hairstyles can look supremely chic on Indian women. They are relatively easy to do and it helps to have long hair like most of us Indian women have. These tutorials with step by step instructions will show you how to do some really classy side buns. They cover a good range of looks from messy and disheveled to sassy and neat. The three most common techniques for side bun hairstyles are:

  1. Plaits that either runs along the side and join the side bun at the back
  2. Braids that are used to make the the actual bun itself
  3. Curly locks that have been formed with a hair iron to create that layered curly effect

We will see some more detailed examples below. Happy browsing!

 10 Step by Step Tutorials for Side bun hairstyles

#1: Braided side bun tutorial

This braided side bun looks extremely graceful and is very easy to do. Wear this hairstyle with a high neck dress or gown on a hot summer’s day. Follow the steps in the pic below and start off with a side parting. Start plaiting on the side and continue until you get that beautiful diagonal braid in step 6. Tuck the braid in to make the side bun and hold it in place with bobby pins. And that’s it! You have a beautiful side bun that everyone is going to be jealous of.


#2: Chic side bun for gown and how to do it

If you are attending something formal such as a wedding or a gala event you might want to consider this neat side bun. It will suit gowns and sarees alike and will also go well with a pair of hooped earrings or jhumkas. As shown in the instructions below the key is to separate your hair in two parts in a diagonal fashion. The lower part is used to make the side bun. The upper part is folded over the side bun to create that swerving twirl.


#3: Cute curly side bun and how to do it

This messy curly hairstyle is actually quite meticulously arranged. The first thing you need to do is separate your lower hair and make a twirled bun kept in place with bobby pins. Next you will need to curl you hair if it’s not naturally curly. Finally use bobby pins to arrange the hair in those twirly ringlets. Even though the bun underneath is centered the ringlets on top are likely to fall to one side creating that side swept effect.


#4: Directions for neat twisted side bun

If you have long hair then it’s a perfect opportunity to make a side knot like in the pics below. Follow the directions here carefully on how to actually knot the bun. The result is a sophisticated look that would be perfect for the workplace or a presentation.


#5: How to make a simple side bun and braid

This look is perfect for a messy hair college day. You will need to form two braids. One at the front that will run  along the periphery and one at the back that will be used to wrap the bun.


#6: How to style a classic Chignon on the side

This side chignon is really easy to do and consists of 7 easy steps.

  • Step 1: Using a round brush, blow-dry hair smooth and straight
  • Step 2: Use  a large-barrel curling iron to create waves from ears down
  • Step 3: Build volume at the crown by teasing hair with a fine comb tooth
  • Step 4: Gather hair into a low ponytail twisting along the nape and pinning as you go
  • Step 5: Once you reach your ears shape the remaining hair into curls and pin them back over the twist
  • Step 6: Spray some hairspray to keep things in place
  • Step 7: Gently curl and scrunch the wispy ends with your fingertips

And voila! You end up with a beautiful side chignon.


#7: Step by step guide for messy side bun hairstyle

This messy side bun will look nice in any clothing. You can wear it with a salwar kameez on a lazy day but it’s perfectly viable with a saree on a day at college or work.


#8: Step by step pics for braided side bun

The instructions here will guide you on where to start braiding and how to bring that side braid into a bun at the back. This is an easy hairstyle to do especially when you are in a hurry but want to make somewhat if an attempt to look decent. It’s a nice hairstyle that can suit multiple occasions and it keeps the hair out of the way on a hot day. It’s also a cool hairstyle for oiled hair.


#9: Step by step pics for donut bun on the side with braid

This hairstyle looks very summery and Scandinavian, where side braids reign supreme.

  1. Side part your hair and
  2. Use three long strands of hair to plait your hair about three fingers in from the crown.
  3. Next use  a donut bun maker to create the low donut bun at the back.
  4. Tuck the braid in.

Make sure to leave some side bangs at the front for a saucier look. And voila you have the perfect donut side bun to match any occasion.


#10: Step by step twirly side bun

This side updo tutorial has some detailed steps. Don’t get scared! The steps are pretty easy to do. All you really need it a curling iron in order to layer those ringlets of hair around for the side bun. Perfect for a party or wedding this hairstyle is not as difficult as it looks. Go ahead and give it a go!

Side buns can be very becoming and can suit multiple occasions. These tutorials are great examples of variations you can opt for. We’ve seen that combining a braid with the side bun is a nice way to add more texture. Another nice idea is to curl the locks that form the side bun to make the look more interesting. If you enjoyed this post you might also want to check out our article on side swept hairstyles or see more Indian hairstyles on Hairstyle Monkey’s homepage. Have fun browsing!



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