When you want your hair off your neck but are going for something more polished than usual, make this your go-to.

By Heather Muir Maffei
July 25, 2019
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Mastering the perfect everyday hairstyle often requires a little bit of product and a whole lot of patience. But you don’t have to be a professional stylist to pull off flawless tresses at home. For those moments when you want a fuss-free hairstyle that still looks polished, allow us to introduce the better bun—a sleek style that comes together in under five minutes. All you need is a hair elastic, texturizing spray, and bobby pins to secure the bun in place, along with a single smoothing sheet to tame flyaways before they start. When you want your hair off your neck but are going for something more refined than a ponytail, make this updo your go-to.

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Brush dry hair to create a smooth base. Make a deep side part, and then sweep hair into a ponytail, smoothing out bumps with a brush or your fingers. Ace the placement by imagining a diagonal line from your cheekbone to the top of your pony. Secure with an elastic that blends in with your hair color. Goody Ouchless Forever Hair Ties ($4 for 10; target.com) won’t stretch or snap.

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With your fingers, twist your ponytail into a coil. Hold the end with one hand and use the other to gently tug at the sides of the coil to loosen it and create a bulkier shape—the key to taking your bun from wimpy to wow. Mist on a texturizer, like Together Beauty Sugar Wave ($27; sephora.com), for hold and body.

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Wrap the coil around the base of your ponytail, forming a messy bun. Don’t stress if pieces pop out—an imperfect shape looks more sophisticated. Slide in bobby pins to secure loose hair to your scalp, and nix flyaways by running a Tresemmé Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheet ($5 for 6; target.com) over the sides.