How-to Pull Off Space Buns

GS LOVE / March 8, 2017
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The history of space buns and why you’re going to want to wear them during your next road trip.

Half Up Half Down Space Buns is an easy road trip hairstyleThe double bun hairstyle is practical for road trip hair for a number of reasons, but namely, the versatility.  You can opt for braided hair buns (check), curly space buns (check), half up half down space buns (check, check, check!) — the variations are endless!

Get ready to say goodbye to frizzy hair due to humidity with style.   It’s also a stylish option to wear when you’re in-between washes. This quick and easy hairstyle will save you from fly aways and score some extra points for its offbeat and funky vibes.   Best worn with a smile.

But, before we get into our tutorial, a little history lesson for the next trivia game night . . . 

What do Space Buns have to do with Revolutionary-Era Mexican Women?

The easy space buns hair-do is more than a 90’s revival. They have surprisingly deep roots in American culture.  Some have said it was Lucas’ sci-fi fantasy thriller, Star Wars, but the double space buns have a history much deeper than the 1970’s classic film.

Carrie Fisher may have made them iconic, but it’s the adelitas, the women who fought in the 1910 Mexican revolution, who gave the bravado and strength to this style.

“In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn’t fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from the turn-of-the-century Mexico. Then it took such hits and became such a thing.” – George Lucus

Although there are varying opinions about the historical accuracy of the story behind space buns, according to the popular website and detective work of Snopes, it was Eric Tang, an associate professor from U.T. – Austin, who confirmed it was las soldaderas, the Mexican revolutionary women, influence for the modern pop-culture hairstyle. During a tour of the Star Wars exhibit in Denver, Colorado, Eric Tang came across photos during the exhibit that finally proved once and for all where the inspiration started.

Say it with us: “Space buns forever!!!”


Easy Space Buns Hair Tutorial

Space Buns Hair Tutorial

  1. Separate hair and part down the middle of the head.
  2. Section off the front part of hair with a comb.
  3. Secure front section of hair with an elastic band.
  4. Position front ponytail for space bun location.
  5. Wrap hair around the ponytail to create a voluminous bun. 
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Get funky with your space buns!

You’re reading the second installment of our Appetite for Adventure Road Trip Series: 3 Hairstyles to Wear During Your Next Roadtrip.  For more road trip hairstyles read our First Day Hair: Beach Waves and Third Day Hair: Space Buns on the blog.



Photographer: Joe Yu

Hair/Makeup: Sanga Kim

Wardrobe: Taylor Valle

Art Direction: Stephanie Fraide

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