One of the simplest hairstyles around today has been used as a hairstyle since the early Greek era, and many cultures since then have used the style (in some cultures it was used for both men and women). Today, women wear it in many variations because the simple bun has been adapted over the years, so today there are many choices to pick from. The bun received its name because it is round like a bun of bread, and sometimes it can look like a cinnamon bun. A bun can be worn anywhere on the head (top, side, back, or at the nape of the neck), and this makes it a popular up-do that is still seen today on actresses – the bun has never lost its popularity. It can be worn formally or for informal uses, and some of the modern bun styles include the messy bun, the classic bun, the floral bun, the tall bun, the tendril twist, the up-do bun, the ponytail bun, the coiled bun, the crown bun, the knot bun, and the double buns.
The women of ancient Greek used to put decorations in their hair along with the bun (such as headbands and ribbons), and because women of that time had a lot of hair their buns were worn big. Roman women adopted the Greek style and improved upon it, but the Egyptians usually wore their hair (wigs) down with braided rows. In Asian culture, both men and women wore the buns, and women would decorate their bun with chopsticks, clips, and combs. Later on, in the 1600s and 1700s women wore their hair high on top of their heads and most of the time they wore wigs already decorated and styled. In the 1800s hair toned down as some hairstyles included a large bun on top of their head, but in the late 1800s and through the 1900s women began to wear short hair.
The quickest bun worn today, which is also the most popular one, is the messy bun, and there are many ways to style this bun (regular messy bun, and the chic messy bun). To do a messy bun is easy, first you detangle your hair by brushing it and then you flip your head over and gather your hair together at the middle of your head. You then flip your head back over; wrap a hair tie once around the base of the bun (as though you are getting ready to do a ponytail). Then, for the second loop of the hair tie pull hair halfway through (making a teardrop shape), and then twist the loose ends underneath the hair tie and hairspray to hold.