A bun (also known as a Bobtail) is a type of hairstyle, typically worn by women, where the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself, typically on the back of the head or neck. They can either be secured with a hairpiece, a hairnet and bobby pins. They may be tightly gathered or slightly messier and more informal. Buns, like ponytails, may cause headaches if worn too tight or up too high on the head.
Also known as a "ballet bun," this hairstyle is used by nearly all female ballet dancers, with a few notable exceptions. Ballet dancers often use hairnets and bobby pins to make the bun as tight and neat as possible. This is especially important while turning, as loose buns may fall out.
Occasionally buns are also worn by men, for example by Sikhs who don't want to cut their hair for religious reasons but don't want to wear it open either. They usually wear a bun under their turban.
 Double buns
This hairstyle is the iconic style of Princess Leia Organa worn in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It is much like a normal bun, but in a pair worn on the side of the head.
 Pigtail buns
Double or pigtail buns are often called odango (お団子), which is a type of Japanese dumpling (usually called dango). The term was popularized by the anime and manga series Sailor Moon, whose eponymous heroine wears her hair in this style. She also wears two pigtails of hair that hang down from the two spherical buns, but this is not universal to the term's usage. The term odango in Japanese can refer to any variety of bun hairstyle.
In the series, the term odango atama ("dumpling head") is used to describe any character who keeps their hair in such a style. The English dub of Sailor Moon, broadcast in markets where the odango food is uncommon, uses the name "meatball head". The term now extends to other fictional characters and even real people who use the hairstyle.
The hairstyle is stereotypically worn by Chinese characters. A odango and Qipao combo is a standard cliché for Chinese women in all aspects of Japanese popular culture.
 Buns in spanking
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