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Get a Messy Bun

Sexy, messy buns are extremely hot right now, and so easy to pull off. Perfect for bad hair days, lazy days, and pretty much any day you want! They look great during the day, at night, at work, school, whatever you want! Here’s how to pull off a messy bun.

Start off by sweeping the front part of your hair to one side as to create a fuller crown area. Use your fingers along with a paddle brush to direct both sides to the back of the head.

Gather your hair into a loose pony and secure with an ouchless elastic (sides and back). The base of the pony should rest in the middle of the back of the head. Push your pony up slightly to create fullness at the top of your head. Add some hairspray.

Separate the pony into one inch sections, curling each section loosely. You don’t have to do this very carefully, as it is a messy bun, and you just want to get some waves. Holding the curler for about 3 seconds should be enough, depending on the hair thickness.

After each section is curled, use a bobby pin to secure the curl loosely against your scalp. When pinning the curls, make sure that you pin some at the top as to form an even and balanced shape.

Once you’ve finished pinning the curls, use your fingers to gently loosen up the curls, making it look messy. Finish off with a little bit of hair spray and you have a sexy, messy bun! messy bun

80 thoughts on “Get a Messy Bun

  1. Aniela Post author

    It is very simple, trust me. You don’t necessarily have to curl your hair. Just put some mousse onto wet hair, shake it up a bit, and put it up in a bun. As long as you get a little volume and waves, it’s pretty easy!

  2. jen

    i get it, but how do you it without all the curling? my friend does it when her hair is pin straight and it still looks good..

  3. tiffany

    i have pin strait hair so messy buns are a bit difficult. i dont you a ponytail or curl it. i just grap it in one handfull, messy it up, hold it were i want it and attack it with bunches of bobby pins! adorable.

  4. Kate

    My hair is dead straight and practically impossible to curl. But Remington curl it is really good for natural looking curls because it has ceramic tongs. but i dont curl it just to put it in a bun!!

  5. beth xx

    Ihave wavy to curly hair but me and my sister always wear messy buns cos they are simple and look lovely. She has pin straight hair but neither of us curl it. this is a quick simple look. All you need to do is tie it in a pony tail then seperate the hair pinning pits up and putting more bobbles round until you get an attractive shape :)

  6. asheebell

    my mother wants a portrait done and i think it would be perfect for a party dress. But I need help to find out if it will be.

  7. STEPHANIE

    I GET IT BUT IT LIKS SO HARD LIK IVE TRIED LIK HALF A YEAR 2 DU THIS ND NEVER COMES OUT GUD I WISH I WULD COME OUT LIK THAT GURLS IT SO CUTE I WANT MA HAIR 2 LUK LIK THAT BUT IT JUST WONT ANYWAYS ILL TRY THIS ND LETS C IF IT WORKS CROS UR FINGERS THANKS 4 THE TUTORIAL

  8. sammielce

    This messy bun is the cutest, i have wavy hair already so putting mouse in my hair and pinning with bobby pins should be real simple, i loves the looks of messy buns and they never would really work out for me but im going to try this, you ladies gave out some good pointers, kthanks<3

  9. Ayesha

    I have a really easy way to do it and i have pin straight hair :)

    I just flip my head so my hair is all messed up (DO NOT BRUSH/COMB! use your fingers!)
    Next, i gather all the hair to the top of my head then get a ouchless elastic band and tie it up into a full pony then put it through the band again so its in a half pony :D So it looks like a bun.
    Thirdly, Mess it up a little (The bun part) add hairspray (natural hold) all over head. Get a cute hairband and place it so your bangs or fringe is seperated from the rest of your hair/bun.

    Seriously, i do it in like 10 minutes tops in the mornings to go to school and it gives that messy yet sculptered look… i love it!!

    Love, Ayesha x

  10. x-samantha-x

    this hairstyle looks so cute on me, i have hair like taboo’s{black eyed peas} but it goes up just so cute to me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Danica

    hi.. im a chabby girl..and i nid some advice for my hair.. i want a new hair style..my hair is long its look like a v shape..i want a new slyle on my hair.. can u advice me what make me fabulous look..

  12. cheyenne

    try getting long layers, if you have a oval face DONT get a bob. That will make your face look fat. Trust me i know! GOOD LUCK!

  13. Amelia

    yeas…..but i was thinking on how to do a messy bun with only a hairband….cuz im not gonna go2 school with a bunch of bobby pins in me hair

  14. Ashli

    Hey i have some cool tips for anyone that has straight hair.. When you pull your hair into a pony tail (for your messy bun) pull up on some of your hair (on the top of your head) to get some volume and then spray with some freeze and hold hair spray usually you will have to put two bobby pins in the side to hold the hair from falling (it should stay for the whole day) then pull your ponytail into another holder and twist around a couple of times put bobby pins any where that you need too then if you want your bangs down in your face take about four inches and straightnen them then spray all over with a volumizing spray make sure before you do any of this your hair is clean and blow dried and straight or it wont go up right

  15. ALEXIS

    u know what i got a whole nother hairstyle that goes good with straight or curly hair. FIRST:FLIP UR AIR OVER SO U COULD GRAB IT FULLY AND DO KIND OF HIG PONYTAIL. SECOND:PUT UR HAIR IN A BAND. THIRD:FLIP HALF OF UR HAIR IN THE BAND. FOURTH:GET THE TOP LEFTOVER THATS ABOVE THE LITTLE BUN AND SCRUNCH UP AND MESS IT UP WHILE USING HAIRSPRAY AND GEL. FIFTH: BAMMMMMM. DAMM U ALREADY GOT MY SECRET IN UR POCKET LOL. OPE U HAVE FUN AND ENJOY DOING THIS LITTLE EASY ACTIVITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  16. morgan

    omg i love this hairstyle it is amazing i do it to myself and all of my family. we had a family dinner last week and i showed everyone there how to do and they loved it they said i looked soooo pretty

    thank you for putting this tip and hairstyle out there. what else do u guys have
    :)

  17. Jessica

    I have straight hair and just pinned up the ends with it natural, and it still looked really cute!

  18. Miley

    this is soo cool. i really need a hair cut so i am going to get it done so i can do the messy bun because my hair is all the way down to my ass

  19. Dyane

    I guess this would work and look wicked cute. But if I’m having a bad hair day, im usually also running late and stressed out. I dont want to spend the time to curl and everything. So heres what I do. Flip your head and grab some volumizing mousse. Just use your fingers and scrunch your hair as you go. You’ll get volume and waves, then all you need to do is use a hairband and pull your hair back. Then mess it up a bit. This will work for straight hair or if your like me and you have wavy-ish straight-ish hair. For really wavy or curly you probably don’t even need mousse. :] It will look really cute and your hair will look thick and bouncy :D

  20. Jessica

    What I do is brush my hair back next flip it to the front while you’re looking at the ground up side down then I brush it down then grab it in poney tail clutch while making it smooth with rubbing your hair up with your hands on each side of your head make sure it’s high so it does not hang low then look up a bit and make a half pony or bun if you know how if not look it up or just make a half pony and pull it half but not all the way and bam or if you don’t want a bun the just pull it out all the way and
    make the pony tail flip to the side for a side pony or just a normal pony

  21. Mrs.Long

    Jessica that is very helpful. I’d love to do that soon! More helpful than this crap.

  22. Kelsie

    A messy bun is going to take more work if you don’t have the right hair texture. It’s supposed to be quick and effortless so I’d skip the curling iron and skip the style all together if you don’t have naturally wavy hair or can’t create it with ease. For straight or thin hair, go for a slicked back high pony tail, quick, easy, and cute. Don’t fight your natural hair texture especially when pressed for time.

  23. Lauren

    My hair is kind of thick and it’s somewhere in between straight and slightly wavy. What I’ve found that turns out the best is putting my hair in a messy bun right after towel drying my hair after I wash it. I just throw it up in usually just one elastic band and maybe a couple bobby pins and it’s good to go for the day. For some reason for me it looks best when my hair starts out wet without any curling or anything, it’s just messy, that’s it. Anyway I hope I’ve helped some of you who are confused :] haha

  24. Bellllllllllls

    I still don’t get it…I usually put my hair up in a ponytail and put half of the ponytail into the same hairtie “ring” or whatever its called :)

  25. Marissa

    wuld mrs. long happen 2b carrie? lol my hiar is like extremely thick nd like SUPER curly nd i straiten it all times possible so if i dont get up on time nd need 2 sraten my hair then wut? NEbody gawt sum tips 4 mes? nd thers nuthin wrong wit da way stephanie talks niikii l:P

  26. Mrs. Dr. Venture

    That’s a lot of effort for a messy bun. Seriously? Curling irons? Bobby pins? It’s just a half effort pony tail. Don’t pull it all the way through and leave a little slack so it sags a bit. I love the look, how easy it is and it hides I don’t put much effort into elaborate hairdos every morning.

  27. Aniela Post author

    Well it may be a little bit of an effort, but for those with thin, pin straight hair it can be really hard to pull off a messy bun so this is for them :)

  28. naomi

    try putting yourhair in two french plaits after a bath, then the next morning take them out and backcomb your hair a little to give it some volume then put it up in a little bun without brushing it

  29. seth belcher

    get a messy bun. well theres only one really fast and easy way to do it…crap ur pants. :)

  30. Zenna14

    I tried it just a pony tail and pin it up around in a bun so it actually looks good even tho i have really thin and fine hair

  31. Taylor

    This was really easy, but I have a easier way to do it. I put my hair into a pony tail then make a bun, and I pull a few strands of hair from in the back, and its looks messy. I have super wavy hair, so it looks good. :D

  32. Danni

    Buns are cool! I’m going to get one after reading this blog. I’m always trying to keep up with hair trends and I think this is a trendy hair style to have. I think it’s important to have the right hair product and correct hair care products. I did damage my hair using inferior products and changing my hair all the time. I have learnt from my mistakes and now always use the best hair treatments.

    What products does everyone use? I’m using Herbal Essences at the moment and it’s really great:
    http://www.herbalessences.com.au

    What’s the optimum length for the messy bun? Does it work better the longer the hair you have?

    Thanks.

  33. Shaista

    Jennifer,
    to be fair, my hair doesnt curl either! haha, so all i do is like Tiffany, just grab it in one bunch, stick a load of bobby pins in it, & BAM – sorted :D

  34. Kayla

    This is way too much effort for a messy bun. Messy buns should take no more than five minutes, and no heat, and most definetly not 1,000 bobby pins. Here is my method: (I have super wavy, thick, poufy hair)
    Gather your hair in a low or high pony tail
    On the third (or last) time your wrapping the hair tie around, kind of stop halfway through, so you have a bun shape. Bobby pin it in place, if thats necessary.
    This really works best for thicker and more wavy/curly hair.

  35. Bella

    I have straight, medium-thickness hair, and what I do is put my hair into a high, scraped-back ponytail, then push all my hair up against the bobble and secure it with a bobble.
    Hope this helped x

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