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15 Easy Hair Bun Alternatives for "Mom Hair"

Is anyone else in a hair bun rut? If you’re tired of the typical “mom hair” messy bun (yet still need something simple and quick to disguise dirty hair), check out these 10 super easy hair ideas:

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  • Easy Twisted Buns 1 of 17
    Easy Twisted Buns
    Just grab some bobby pins and you're all set.
  • Three Twisted Buns 2 of 17
    Three Twisted Buns
    The previous hair tutorial was inspired by this one, which shows three distinct (somewhat neater looking) twisted buns.
  • Chestnut Bun 3 of 17
    Chestnut Bun
    Casual enough for play group yet chic enough for a wedding.
  • Chestnut Bun Tutorial 4 of 17
    Chestnut Bun Tutorial
    Here's a step-by-step tutorial of the Chestnut Bun.
  • The Simple Gibson Tuck 5 of 17
    The Simple Gibson Tuck
    It'll look like you actually put in effort.
  • A Braided Crown 6 of 17
    A Braided Crown
    If you want a different look that A) gets your hair up, B) covers up unwashed roots and C) is easy to do, this is a must-bookmark look.
  • A Braided Crown Tutorial 7 of 17
    A Braided Crown Tutorial
    And here's the easy step-by-step guide.
  • Bow-Tie Hair 8 of 17
    Bow-Tie Hair
    You'll have to be careful that this Lady Gaga-inspired hair doesn't drift too far over to the Minnie Mouse look, but it's certainly a unique and adorable alternative if executed properly (like in the photo).
  • The Hair Scarf 9 of 17
    The Hair Scarf
    Making dirty hair look effortlessly chic. (Click below for a hair scarf tutorial.)
  • Double Head Band 10 of 17
    Double Head Band
    To up the chic factor of your messy bun, the double headband always does the trick.
  • French Roll Twist 11 of 17
    French Roll Twist
    It's like the twisted three bun idea (side #2), but flipped vertically.
  • The Fun Bun 12 of 17
    The Fun Bun
    The name says it all.
  • Twisted Sister 13 of 17
    Twisted Sister
    A complicated look made simple.
  • Knotted Braids 14 of 17
    Knotted Braids
    Another hair idea that's easier than it looks.
  • Double Knot Hair 15 of 17
    Double Knot Hair
    Knot your average bun.
  • Side French Braid 16 of 17
    Side French Braid
    Ok, so this one might not be "easy," (it certainly intimidates me), but those who are fluent in the art of french braiding will definitely be able to recreate this pretty look.
  • Side Chignon 17 of 17
    Side Chignon
    This hair idea isn't exactly an every-day look, but it's too pretty to not include. Bookmark the tutorial for a special event or holiday, when you have a little more time.

Here are the step-by-step hair tutorial links for these easy hair ideas:

Easy Twisted Buns via The Paper Mama

Three Twisted Buns via  A Cup of Joe

Chestnut Bun via A Cup of Joe

The Simple Gibson Tuck via Simply Stardust

Braided Crown via A Cup of Joe

Bow Tie Hair via My Yellow Sandbox

Hair Scarf via Keiko Lynn

Double Headband via Seventeen

French Twist and Pin via Hair Romance

The Fun Bun via The Beauty Department

Twisted Sister via The Beauty Department

Heart + Sew Braids with the tutorial from Aura Joon

Double Knot Hair via Fashionising

Side French Braid via Love Maegan

Side Chignon via This is Glamorous

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