We know everyone loves a good topknot: It’s quick, easy and makes your fourth day hair look damn good. But let’s face it: You don’t always want to look like a ballerina, and after 12 hours of a high bun, your scalp is just dying for a bit of relief. So why not switch things up a little and try out the topknot’s more elegant and grown-up cousin, the low bun. We promise, it can be just as easy and still keeps the hair off your neck. From an undone, messy bun to an elaborate, red carpet-worthy look, here are 20 ways to rock that low bun.

1. The Scarf Bun: Add your own personal flair to a simple bun by tying your favorite scarf around it. Doesn’t it also look like an awesome throwback to the scrunchie? (via Brit + Co)

2. Freida Pinto’s Bejeweled Bun: We never thought we would be happy to see the return of this ‘90s hair trend, but Freida Pinto manages to make butterfly hair clips look super modern and beautiful. We’re in love! (via StyleList)

3. How to Create the Perfect Low Knot: This perfectly coiffed bun is only four steps away, and uber sleek, shiny hair is absolutely the key. (via Elle)

4. How to Tie a Yarn Messy Bun: Weave colorful yarn through your hair to create a cute, messy bun that looks perfectly unpolished. (via A Beautiful Mess)

5. Classic Updo With Silver Leaves: Make a statement at your next holiday party with a crown of silver leaves to go with that coiled low knot. (via Brit + Co)

6. Twisted Sister: This elaborate twisted hairdo looks complicated but is actually completely doable. And while it might look loose, it’s actually secure enough to withstand a night of your sweet dance moves. (via The Beauty Department)

7. Tuck and Roll: The tuck and roll is officially our new go-to hair move. And we’re totally down for anything that involves adding retro hair scarves. (via Refinery29)

8. Nikki Reed’s Sleek and Chic Chignon: We love the old Hollywood elegance of this look, but what makes it even more special is the way her subtle ombre locks give the bun a whole new dimension. (via Teen Vogue)

9. The Messiest of Buns: How lucky are we that low buns can look amazing even when they’re totally messy? And don’t worry if your locks look different from the tutorial, that’s the whole point! (via The Small Things)

10. Fishtail Updo: The fishtail braid is an absolute favorite among celebrities, bloggers and everyday girls on the street. Combine a fishtail braid with a low bun for an extra-pretty look. (via Brit + Co)

11. Olsen Twin Bun: If you’re a fan of the Olsen twins‘ personal style, here’s your chance to recreate one of their looks. Take inspiration from Mary-Kate’s CFDA awards ceremony bun by tying a velvet ribbon into your hair. (via Harper’s Bazaar)

12. Three Twisted Buns: We’re loving this trio of cinnamon roll buns. Quick, easy and oh-so-adorable! (via A Cup of Jo)

13. How to Style a Low Bow Bun: Who needs hair accessories when your hair can be an accessory! Twist your hair into a sweet little bow shape for a whimsical take on the low bun. (via Become Gorgeous)

13. Waterfall, Dutch, French Braid into Braided Bun: Go a little over the top by combining not one… not two… but three braids into a bun. This is a wedding-worthy look if we ever did see one! (via Missy Sue)

15. Chic Low Rolled Bun: Look ultra-sophisticated with this full, rolled bun. Add a blinged-out bracelet or hair tie for more of a wow-factor. (via Lulu’s)

16. Unzip Your Bun: Umm, how cool is this idea?! Tie your hair in a simple low bun and wrap a zipper around it for a colorful and unique look. (via Brit + Co)

17. Jeweled Hair: Glam things up with a little teased volume and a sparkly headband, making a messy bun appropriate for a fancy event. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

18. Braided Side Bun: Make a low bun more youthful by taking it over to one side. The braid sweeping over to the bun adds a flirty, feminine aspect. (via Inspired by This)

19. DIY Waterfall Braided Bun: Another gorgeous side bun, this time with a cascading waterfall braid. Perfect for a beach wedding! (via Oh the Lovely Things)

20. How to Style a Low Bun: We love how this bun is messy and elegant all at the same time. Pull out a few wispy layers to keep it looking casual, but still chic enough to take you from day to night. (via A Beautiful Mess)

Are you a topknot or a low bun kind of girl? Which of these ‘dos will you be trying out soon? Let us know below!