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Battle Of The Buns: The Top Knot vs. The Low Messy Bun

Whether they're worn high and tight or low and textured, buns of all varieties are bang on trend. The great thing about this look it its fast and fashionable – perfect for when you need to look polished in a flash. The question is, do you go for the classic top knot or the low messy bun?

The Top Knot

The hairstyle: There are two things that separate a top knot from other buns. Firstly, the bun should sit high atop the head. Secondly, the hair should be scraped back slick and tight along the scalp – so get those flyaways under control with a product like L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Serum. Other than that, there's plenty of room to mix things up; try braiding the back of the hair for a unique twist, leave some strands loose, or add some volume - the choice is yours!

The style: The top knot looks best with high necked tops – particularly turtlenecks. This hairstyle also elongates the face shape, which brings more attention to it and therefore makes it the perfect blank canvas for a bold make-up look, like a statement lipstick.

What the editors say: Less than five minutes is all it takes to create this stunning style. It's a polished look that can be dressed up or down for anywhere you need to go!

The Low Messy Bun

The hairstyle: Buns can have a serious vibe about them – especially when they're pin-neat. A messy bun is a brilliant alternative to a traditional bun because it's a softer take on the style. The good news is this style suits any type of hair and it works brilliantly with second day hair. To add to the undone look, be sure to leave some strands loose around the head. If you want to add even more texture, try using a texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel's Wild Stylers Next Day Hair.

The style: Once you've perfected your low messy bun, pair it with chic back-baring dress. Or, just add a leather jacket and a nude lip color for a more casual rocker feel.

What the editors say: This is the hairstyle to take you from day to night. This look wouldn't look out of place at a café, when you're out for a walk or when you're off to a swanky dinner – talk about versatile!

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