How to Get a Messy Bun

By Aniela M / March 9, 2007

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 and effortless chic at night! Here's how to get a messy bun.

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How to do 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. You can stick a bobby pin right underneath to give it some volume. 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.

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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!

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Maddi
13 years ago

This is a kol website. I love the pink tints and the tips are great!

jessica
12 years ago

i still don’t know how to do the messy bun,

12 years ago

i get it but how do you do one with out curling your hair? like if you only had two minutes to do it?

ka
12 years ago

wtf! that is too much effort for a MESSY bun! they’re supposed to be simple!

jenna
12 years ago

love the messy bun works
perfect with my hair!!

Bean
12 years ago

What size curling iron do you use?

jen
12 years ago

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..

michelle
12 years ago

i kinda get it, up to the part where it says to pin each curl to your sclup…!??

tiffany
11 years ago

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.

Kate
11 years ago

I like the bun it is very messy

11 years ago

I think it is not fair that you need to curl your hair my hair does NOT curl and I just wanted to look at some ideas

nancie!!
11 years ago

haha i like how you said “attack it with bobby pins” thats funny 🙂

Kate
11 years ago

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!!

rAAAAAchhhel.x
11 years ago

sounds fun to me 😀

amberrrr
11 years ago

i dont get it

beth xx
11 years ago

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 🙂

asheebell
11 years ago

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.

STEPHANIE
10 years ago

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

niikkii
10 years ago

STEPHANIE…why do you talk like that. its annoying. are you 11?

sammielce
10 years ago

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

Ayesha
10 years ago

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 😀 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… Read more »

x-samantha-x
10 years ago

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

puiyee
10 years ago

i still dun get it. wat is an ouchless elastic band?
any pictures can show?

Torie
10 years ago

ouchless is just a brand of elastic

Moriah
10 years ago

Ouchless is a hairband without a little metal piece that gets caught in your hair.

Holly
10 years ago

hi this is so cool i use this all the time at home and at school

Danica
10 years ago

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..

cheyenne
10 years ago

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!

Amelia
10 years ago

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

celeste
10 years ago

i really like this because i have a lot of bad hair days

ashley!!!!!!!!!
10 years ago

i luv dis bun coz my hair are curly n wavy
it luks superb on my hair!!!!!!!!!!!

Ashli
10 years ago

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… Read more »

10 years ago

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

morgan
10 years ago

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
🙂

Jessica
10 years ago

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

Miley
10 years ago

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

Dyane
10 years ago

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… Read more »

Jessica
10 years ago

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… Read more »

Mrs.Long
10 years ago

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

Kelsie
10 years ago

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.

Someone
10 years ago

These tips are a lump of good tips

Lauren
10 years ago

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… Read more »

Bellllllllllls
10 years ago

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 🙂

COURTNEY
10 years ago

Does my English suck? I really don’t get it ;?

kayzahlayne
10 years ago

hey! i like to do that thanks

Marissa
10 years ago

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

Mrs. Dr. Venture
10 years ago

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.

naomi
10 years ago

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

tinytot
10 years ago

sumtimes i dont brush my hair i just throw it up in a bun and it cums out messy lol

seth belcher
10 years ago

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

Rebecca
10 years ago

I bet you mine won’t turn out anywhere near as nice as this one

madison
10 years ago

I have thin, layered hair, so this style doesnt work for me.

10 years ago

WE LOVVVVVE IT!:) 🙂 :)(L)

Kara
10 years ago

Well my’n just fell out when i tried to do my’n because my hair is so short 😀

Mooose
10 years ago

IT LOOKS LIKE A FANNY :L

Zenna14
10 years ago

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

mady
10 years ago

i dont do mine like this i just make a ponytail and wrap the hair around it

leslie
10 years ago

that girl looks a lot like taylor swift…

9 years ago

mine will come out so bad :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

9 years ago

this is really hard

nickie
9 years ago

looks very awesome I’m goneing to go get wone.

megan
9 years ago

i think its well easy to do ?/x xx

Claire
9 years ago

plz hepl idk how to do it can someone plzz put up a video i need it for school thanxx :/

Taylor
9 years ago

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. 😀

9 years ago

love it girl

9 years ago

>3

9 years ago

this wasmt helpful i was lookin 4 a quick messy yup do and i got sumthing witch looked like a turd xD

Danni
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Shaista
9 years ago

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 😀

Kayla
9 years ago

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.

anomonous
9 years ago

that was no help at all!!!!

Bella
9 years ago

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

isabella
9 years ago

thhis stiill dont teach me how ? lmafooo corns’

Henry
9 years ago

I came out in 2010. And I wAs just wondering is there’s a messy bun for a gay guy:)

9 years ago

I have been trying to do this for a long time, but it never turned out! I hope this way works

8 years ago

uggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhh
not interesting

Sydney
8 years ago

i thinkk it would be alot eaiser to do if i see a videoooo(:

miranda
8 years ago

ok this is a good website but where does it give directions on how to the messy bun?