The High Bun

Feeling bold? This hairstyle is for you.
Don’t confuse this with a messy and casual top knot. This is supposed to be a sleek, somewhat formal style for a fancy occasion. 
And we’re not going to put socks in our hair for this!
I saw this photo of Reese with her hair in a high bun.
And I loved it on her. 
So I tried it on me.
I’m much more likely to wear my hair in the double bun, or a twisted updo, but for those of you wishing to wear your hair in a sleek and sophisticated updo, this style is for you.

high bun



(double check to make sure your bun is centered. don’t be like me.)


Earrings: Francesca’s

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Comments (73)

  1. Alissa says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    OMG, I am so glad that I didn’t do my hair yet today, I am so doing this!

  2. Lauren says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Very cute! I think this is actually one of my favorite hair styles on you.


  3. Posted August 13, 2012

    that looks so cute on you!

  4. Posted August 13, 2012

    I love it! You look so adorable with that hairdo. Love the shirt too.

  5. Anonymous says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Looks so pretty! I often wear my hair like this but you gave me some good pointers to perfect the look!

  6. Amanda says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    This style is great! As a waitress I have to have my hair up all the time and a ponytail gets so boring. I’ve tried the sock bun method but it always looks like I have a sock in my hair (duh)! Can’t wait to give this a shot!
    And that top? Gorgeous! You look fantastic!

  7. Posted August 13, 2012

    Looks adorable on you! 🙂 How are you? I haven’t talked to you in a while!

  8. Kristin says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    love, love!

  9. Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this look on you! your so pretty!

  10. Posted August 13, 2012

    This is pretty, although I do prefer the less formal updos. But really, I just love watching your videos! So relaxing. You make it look so easy and everything turns out great in the end.

  11. Jessica says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Love this! I can’t wait for my hair to get longer so I can try it. The sock bun thing has always been a little confusing. Plus, as you said — what if the sock shows? But teasing and tucking I think I can do.

    Thank you!

  12. Posted August 13, 2012

    I bought a hair donut (or whatever it is actually called) to do the high-bun, but my hair is too thin and it doesn’t look right. Any ideas?

  13. Kristen says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this! I don’t think my hair is long enough yet. But it is getting there and I sure will be trying it! Have a great day and thank you for all the wonderful tutorials!

  14. Posted August 13, 2012

    This is stunning – it really suits you. X

  15. Sarah R says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Love it! You look great with your hair like that. I don’t think I could pull it off.

  16. Posted August 13, 2012

    Adorable. The sock bun has never worked for me. Any advice on doing this with really long hair? My hair is halfway down my back–would I just roll each section up inside of itself?

  17. Anonymous says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Love the hairstyle and love your hair straight please show some more straight styles beautiful where did you get comb in video?

  18. Tiffany says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I LAUVE the high bun, Ive been wearing one through out this summer because its so dang hot and Im so dang pregnant, but now it just shows my chubbiness so Im retiring until after the baby is born.

  19. Posted August 13, 2012

    Gorgeous!! And your tutorials are SO helpful and easy to follow 🙂 I did wonder how to do this with longer hair… Like Lolomydear my hair is mid back length and I’d be curious how to tuck under! Thanks girl 🙂

  20. Posted August 13, 2012

    I love making buns like this. My hair is way too thick for just the bobby pins to hold it, so I use this awesome “sponge” thing to hold it in the perfect shape!

    Something Ivory

  21. Brandi says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this look too. Looks great on you!

  22. JenniferChristine says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    cute, Kate!
    ~Jennifer Christine

    p.s. i think the “sock” bun looks best and works best for those of us with REALLY long hair…cannot even imagine how many b.pins i would have to use to do what you did! 🙂

  23. Posted August 13, 2012

    so sweet! love seeing all your hair pulled back in a style! thanks, Kate!

  24. brookem says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Looks so pretty on you! I’m not sure- would this work as well with long hair?

  25. Posted August 13, 2012

    Love this hairstyle on you! I have been rocking the sock bun the last 5 out of 7 days (i know i know..) and will try your process soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindsay @

  26. Haunani says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Love it! And BTW…your hair is super cute STRAIGHT!

    • Katie says
      Posted August 19, 2012

      I agree. It is beautiful straight. (And curly)

  27. Posted August 13, 2012

    looks great on you! i don’t know if i could pull it off.

  28. Alena says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    What lipstick are you wearing in this video?! I absolutely love it! Please reply? 🙂

  29. Posted August 13, 2012

    i love this look, its so sleek and would look great for a special occasion, thanks for the tutorial 🙂 x

  30. CBEll says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I had to laugh – I wore my hair like this to a high school dance some dozen (or so) years ago and my mom told me I looked like I had a cow pie on my hair! Looks much better on blondes!

  31. Trina says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    This style looks great on you! I especially loved your straight hair at beginning of video. I haven’t seen you wear it straight on your blog for quite awhile. I was curious what color nail polish you have on in this video? I love it!

  32. Posted August 13, 2012

    This style looks great on you! I turned to this method because of the sock bun craze and because my hair is too thin to pull off a sock bun but I can do this.

  33. Polly says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Would love to know what the sock method is since i have long hair! THanks

  34. Posted August 13, 2012

    Love this look. I would actually wear with a semi casual outfit to give the outfit some class love this and I am definitely using this one!

  35. Taren says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I think you look beautiful with your hair like this!

  36. Anonymous says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Where did you get the gorgeous top Kate ?

  37. ....... says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    adorable! a little off topic but loving reese’s makeup as well- gorgeous! gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  38. Nikki G says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this look and cannot wait until my hair grows out so that I can try this. ALSO, what color and brand of lipstick are you wearing? I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  39. Melissa says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Yay! I used to do this to my hair because I was a dancer and needed the perfect big bun but always had shorter hair! This is one of my favorite go to hairstyles. Thanks for sharing!

    I wanted to pop by and tell you that I’ve nominated you for Liebster blog award, you can check out all the info on my blog at:

  40. Posted August 13, 2012

    Love this! Thanks.

  41. Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this. My hair is soo long though! Any tips of how to achieve the same look with longer hair??

  42. Posted August 13, 2012

    You know I love your messy bun and do it all the time but this is a fun alternative. Maybe for the next wedding I attend.

    It is a fun change on you too! Very pretty.

  43. Posted August 13, 2012

    Well, shoot. My hair is too thick and too long. Maybe I’ll try again when it is shorter.

  44. Dana says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    Love this style, especially on you. But like other posters, I have long hair (about to the top of my chest) and I tried the style. I just can’t get it to roll and tuck right. Any suggestions?


  45. Posted August 13, 2012

    I love the high bun and am actually wearing one right now 🙂 But, I have extremely thin hair. The “sock bun” (from Sally’s) is a must for me in order to achieve the fullness this up do deserves 🙂

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  46. Tiffany says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    So cute! When I got to work today and started my morning routine of blog reading, I was cracking up, because this is how I chose to wear my hair today! However I just teased the ponytail and then wrapped the whole thing around my hair-tie…I think it gives it a bit more of a casual look while pulling off the same style. I definitely like your more polished version for something a little more fancy. Thanks for the info!

  47. Anonymous says
    Posted August 13, 2012

    I love this! do you think i could leave a very neat and small piece of my long bags out? Judy

  48. Anonymous says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    Kate- I think your hair looks great in the bun! You said you were more likely to wear it two different ways but I vote for the bun. He look very classy in it!!! BTW- I’m a “retired” hairdresser and I love your tutorials!!

  49. Rubiiee says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    Yes, I love the high buns! Perfect for dressing up an outfit. ;]

    <3 Rubiiee

  50. Jamie says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    So cute!

  51. Bonnie says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    Very Grace Kelly-esque.

  52. Posted August 14, 2012

    This looks like a doable bun to attempt. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial!


  53. Posted August 14, 2012

    Love it! It looks great on you!

  54. GFerg says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    Cute…I used to wear my hair like this in high school in the late 80s/early 90s. I’m glad the style has come back!

    How do you get the clear elastics to work? I only find them in one size, and I can’t get them to stretch! Very frustrating.

  55. Vix says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    This is really adorable! I love the way these styles look. My biggest issue (besides not being able to recreate them on my own hair) is that having a bun or ponytail set so high hurts my head!

  56. Anonymous says
    Posted August 14, 2012

    I love this for hot days, I too am growing out a fringe (bangs) so this hairstyle pulls it all out of the way…..I will try this and hope Ican get the ‘tucking under’ bit right! This style is very big in the UK on teenagers. And I love that top – I have loads of things animal print! xx 😀

    • Anonymous says
      Posted August 16, 2012

      Me again, from the UK! I tried this for this first time this morning and its perfect! Yay! 😀

  57. Posted August 15, 2012

    I think this is a really, really gorgeous style. You look stunning!

  58. Posted August 16, 2012

    What type of Bobby pins do you recommend? I know you’ve said before, but I can’t remember 🙂

  59. Posted August 16, 2012

    I totally rocked this style today, and it wasn’t very hard to do. But what I really want to know is more information on your eye makeup in this video! Love it!

  60. Posted August 16, 2012

    do you have a suggestion for long hair? mine is half way down my back, lots of layers, and doesn’t hold a tease very well. I attempted this style tonight, and it just made big, floppy loops. :/

  61. Kara says
    Posted August 16, 2012

    You Look like Mira Sorvino with that do! Very pretty!

  62. Posted August 16, 2012

    I L.O.V.E your hair tutorials. I’ve tried out quite a few of your ideas on my own hair… so thank you! One suggestion: You really ought to invest in a wireless microphone. It would make your videos so much easier to hear, especially when you turn your head away from the camera. There are some that are super cheap!

  63. Posted August 17, 2012

    I love this. I am wearing my hair like this today. Thank you. It will be my go to do for days that I need some help

  64. Posted August 21, 2012

    i did it and loved it! you are just to awesome!

  65. Posted August 30, 2012

    Thanks Kate! My hair isn’t quite long enough yet…a few more months of growing it out. BUT…I did just buy myself that super cute top you’re wearing in the video!! Love it!

  66. Megan says
    Posted December 5, 2012

    I’ve been having trouble lately getting my hair to cooperate in looking nice. I don’t know what I did to my hair but there’s been lots of breakage and it just doesn’t look and feel as healthy and wonderful as it was. So I tried this expecting it to fail like most everything else lately (I’ve been sticking to messy styles) and what do you know it turned out great! I have bangs and left them out and it was fine. My twelve year old sister informed me I looked like Tinkerbell. Not exactly the look I was going for but she assured me it was cute. 😛

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  68. Posted March 18, 2013

    Wow.. i loved ur youtube tutorial.. you shud see this one as well. Its a new channel. Well my channel.. I did something similiar… hope u like it.. and keep up the great tutorials.!!

  69. Posted December 6, 2013

    I donated my really long hair about a year ago and I always used a sock and wrapped my hair from the ends to the base of my ponytail around an old sock that I used for my dance buns. When I donated it, I missed this hairstyle; it was my favorite. I found your video a few months ago and I use this technique to make my buns ALL the time. I’m so glad to have found it! Love your blog!