When it comes to fancy evening hair, we know a few things to be true: A.) Sweeping your strands off your face equals instant glamour, and B.) Nothing's sexier than showing a little neck. Good thing the classic topknot is back in a major way! This always-elegant style manages to do both, while also being incredibly easy to do. From Jada Pinkett Smith to India Arie, here are the celebs with the best buns in Hollywood.
Sanaa Lathan rocked an ultra-sleek topknot at Ella Moss’ tenth anniversary party. Perfect for the blazing hot weather!
Twist and Shout
During a performance at the Summer Block Party, Jill Scott swept her twists into an elegant updo.
Do the Twist
With her uber-attention-getting, twisted bun and that electric pink lip, all eyes were on Ashanti backstage at the Fall 2011 Max Azria show.
Alicia Keys adds an exotic flair to her intricate bun with a dangling pearl headpiece.
Kimberly Elise accentuates her slicked-back bun with this a delicately embroidered headband. So angelic!
Pretty as a Princess
Model/actress Princess Keisha Omilana (yep, she’s a real Nigerian princess) sported this intricate, twisted updo.
Zoe Kravitz goes for hipster cool with this fire engine red lips and a slicked-back topknot.
Katerina Graham swept her long locks up into a high, dramatic bun at the CBS, The CW And Showtime TCA party.
Two of Hearts
At the BET Awards, pint-size trendsetter Willow Smith replaced a traditional topknot with a micro-braided heart!
At the ESPY awards pre-party, Lala swept her hair up into an impossibly elegant topknot.
Ketty Washington goes for a flawless, sleek look with a smooth, high bun gathered at the crown of her head. Sometimes the easiest styles make the boldest statement!
Hot Cross Bun
A traditional bun is chic in any setting. Rachel Roy’s slick topknot is like a LBD — necessary for every woman’s hair wardrobe.
Topknots aren’t always a nighttime ’do! Janet Jackson sweeps her tight, curly hair on top of her head and slides on a skinny headband for a cute, casual look.
Red Carpet Coif
At the Oscars, Nicole Richie let her eyes do the talking with this glamorous, 1960s-inspired high bun.
Jada Pinkett Smith pairs her high bun with long, sleek bangs swept across her forehead.
Kimora Lee Simmons combined an “I Dream of Jeannie” ponytail with a glossy, high bun for an avant garde style that only she could pull off.
Thandie Newton’s topknot is little more than a modified ponytail (she simply rolled her pony under and secured with pins), but the look is so chic.
At the Grammy’s, India Arie gathered her micro-braids on top of her head, twisted into a bun, and added a delicate headband. The result? A regal hairdo perfectly befitting the soul songstress.
At an amFAR charity event, Chanel Iman lets her face take center stage, sweeping her hair up into a dramatic, oversized bun.
With her impossibly high, pin-curled topknot, Keyshia Cole looked every inch the prom queen at a pre-Grammy party.