A messy bun for short, medium, and long hair.
What I love most about a messy bun is that it’s quick and doesn’t have to be perfect. As a mom of 3, a wife, and a business owner, I love something cute and simple!
I appreciate how many of you reached out asking for a tutorial. I love when you ask for styles you want, and I think it goes to show how many of us are looking for that go-to, easy, quick hairstyle that makes us feel good, styled, and ready to tackle the day. That’s why I want to share this cute, functional messy bun up-do with you!
Trust me when I say, this is the easiest bun and works for so many occasions, lengths, and thicknesses.
I’ve found that this messy bun works best when your hair is unwashed and has some residual product and texture. This style is a lifesaver for me because, let’s be honest, I don’t have time to have perfectly washed hair every day. If you want to pair this with a simple, cute makeup look, check out my Natural Pink Eyeshadow Tutorial.
Quick Messy Bun Tutorial:
- Pull your hair all the way up to the top of your head (styling higher on your head keeps it from falling out).
- Using a coiled hair tie like the thick Spiral Hair Ties, keep your bun in place better than other hair ties I’ve tried.
- Gather your hair into a ponytail with your hands.
- Use the hair tie to only pull a portion of the hair through into a half-bun. The size of the bun will depend on the length of your hair. (Shorter hair = smaller portion.)
- Twist the rest of the remaining loose hair and wrap it around the base of the bun.
- Tuck the hair into the band and take your hair tie and pull it over the bun.
- Pull, twist, and shape however you need to create some dimension. (You can also secure loose pieces with a bobby pin).
Since some of you asked, you can also turn this messy bun style into a half-up top knot using the same steps. It’s best to use a smaller coiled hair tie like the Invisibobble Spiral Hair Tie for the half-up bun. Also, I like to leave the ends out rather than putting everything in the top knot. This creates a smoother transition from your hair that’s down to the hair in the bun.
Tip: The key to making a bobby pin work is to not have too much hair in it.