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Having long hair can be a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, it means you have a lot more to play with when it comes to hairstyles. But at the same time, it also means that you have a lot more hair to take care of, which isn’t always so fun. While updos often get a bad rap because they have a zillion steps to them, they can actually be a great option for long hair! Seriously, who says creating hairstyles on long hair has to be complicated? One style we absolutely love for long hair: the messy bun! Yep, messy buns are perfect for days when you don’t feel like doing much to your hair but you still have to pull yourself together. Creating a messy bun with long hair may seem like it’d be difficult at first, but with the right trip and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be able to nail the look in no time at all.
Below, find four messy bun options, plus tips for taking care of long hair.
For a look that has both volume and texture, try the classic messy bun. You can literally roll out of bed, throw your hair up, and be good to go.
What you’ll need:
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Start by applying some texturizing spray to your roots, then, brush your hair to distribute the product.
Tie your hair up into a messy ponytail.
Loosely twist the length of your ponytail into a bun.
Secure your messy bun with bobby pins—but remember, that the more disheveled it looks the better! So, don’t worry about any ends poking out, as this only adds to the overall look.
This next messy bun hairstyle is great for those lazy summer days spent lounging by the pool or on the beach. Bonus: When your hair is wet, it’s actually easier to manipulate into a messy bun.
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Wash your hair, then spritz a wave-enhancing hair spray onto wet hair. Let your hair air dry until it’s damp—not soaking wet.
Pull your hair back into a bun, securing it with a hair tie.
Gently pull out some strands to give the hairstyle a messy effect.
For something that’s a little more sophisticated, try a disheveled low bun. Messy buns secured in the center of the head aren’t always ideal for those with long hair, since they can feel off balance. Instead, tie your low bun at the nape of your neck.
Hair elastic or bobby pins
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Simply twist your hair and wrap it into a bun, securing it with an elastic or a few bobby pins.
Spray on a strong-hold hair spray to help keep everything in place.
Somehow, braids just seem to elevate any look—wouldn’t you agree? And this particular style combines a pretty Dutch braid with a messy bun. How chic!
Mini clear elastics
Part your hair to the side, then grab a section of hair from the heavier side to begin your braid.
Divide that section into three smaller sections, crossing the back strand under the middle, then the front strand under the middle, then the back strand under the middle, bringing in a section of hair into the braid. Then, cross the front section over the middle, bringing in another section.
Repeat this process twice more, or until the braid reaches your ear.
Once you’ve gotten to your ear, create a regular braid until you reach your ends, and tie it off with a mini clear elastic.
Create a Dutch braid on the other side of your hair, tying it off with a mini clear elastic.
Gather all of your hair into a low ponytail, securing it with an elastic.
Pin up sections of your hair to create a messy low bun.
For more messy bun ideas, here are 3 Messy Buns to Wear Year-Round.