How To: Quick & Easy Messy Bun

If there’s one thing I’m super self-conscious about, it’s my hair. Pretty sure it’s because the majority of my friends have incredible, shampoo commercial-worthy locks and mine always falls flat in comparison.

For years this has been my go-to hairstyle for those days when my hair just isn’t cooperating or for when I need it out of my face but want something a little more than your average ponytail. This quick and easy messy bun makes it look like I’ve tried when I barely have!

You’ll need:
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins (LOTS!)
  • Teasing comb (optional)
  • Dry shampoo (optional)
  • Hair elastic
  • Day old hair works best. If you are using clean hair, spray or sprinkle a bit of dry shampoo to create some texture and grit. This is my absolute favorite dry shampoo.
  1. Part hair as close to the center as you’re comfortable with. This style really looks best with a center part (in my opinion), but I can never pull one off so I always do mine slightly to the side. If your hair is super thin like mine, tease hair at the root with a teasing comb or hairbrush to create some extra volume. Spray with hairspray to set. This is the hairspray I’ve been using recently that I’m loving.
  2. Start twisting the hair on one side, gradually picking up additional hair as you move down, until you get to the nape of your neck. I do this pretty loosely, we don’t want it to look like you’re on your way to an 8th grade cheerleading competition. Secure the hair with a bobby pin or hair clip.

3. Do the same with the hair on the other side.

4. Remove the bobby pin/hair clip from the other side and use an elastic to join both sections of hair into one ponytail, as shown below. Pull it tight.

5. Create space between the top of the two ponytails at the nape of your neck, creating a “hole.” Take the bottom part of the ponytail up and through the “hole,” pulling it out of the bottom side (as shown).

6. Tease the ponytail like crazy. This will look a little scary, but don’t worry! Just tease.

7. Create a “bun” with the teased ponytail. You’ll see that it won’t look like much of a bun, though, it will look like like a little nest (in a good way!!)…

8. Secure “bun” with bobby pins. There’s really no method to follow here, just keep pinning until it looks the way you want it to. The messier, the better. You don’t want this to look too perfect.

9. Final product should look something like this. Spray with hairspray to finish.

Praying I explained that well enough and your hair looks somewhat similar in the end. Hair tutorials definitely look a lot easier on Pinterest 😉 I’m hoping you love this messy bun and get as much use out of it as I do!



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