updo and bun hairstyles How To Create A Messy Bun In 3 Just Steps

Messy never looked so pretty.

May 27, 2022
Creating A Messy Bun CMS Bmag

Not every hairstyle requires expert skills. For an effortless look that has both shape and style, the messy bun can’t be beaten. This tousled low bun or top knot hairstyle is a savior for those days when you’re too busy or unmotivated to style your strands. 


With so many ways to wear this easy updo —from classic to beach bum — you can rock this look year-round. But before you get into different types of messy buns, let’s start with the basics. Check out this simple tutorial for how to get the perfect messy bun in just three easy steps. 

How To Do A Messy Bun

There’s a fine art to looking disheveled in style. With just a few steps, you can create this effortless but still elegant, slept-in look.  


Step 1. Add Texture 

Start by gently brushing your hair until it’s smooth and knot-free. To add some texture and volume to your strands, spray your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo. Shake the bottle well, spritz it onto your roots, and then use a comb to tease your hair at the roots to give your mane a clean feeling and full-bodied look.


Editor’s tip: If your hair color needs a little boost try a tinted dry shampoo like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair   


Step 2. Gather Your Hair Into a Ponytail

Collect all of your hair at the top of your head and tie it into a ponytail. Then loosely twist the ponytail into a bun and secure it with a few bobby pins — but remember, the more tousled it looks the better. So, don’t worry about any ends poking out, as this only enhances the overall look. Loop a hair elastic around the messy bun you just created as many times as you need to hold it in place.


Step 3. Finish With Hairspray

To keep your messy bun in place, use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented to help keep your hairstyle in place all day. 


Editor’s tip: Lay down your edges in the front to complete the look. Use a small edge brush and apply a dime-size amount of the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel to your baby hairs to keep them in place.


Next: 7 Tips To Get Poof-Free Fluffy Hair


Updated by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

How To Do A Messy Bun

There’s a fine art to looking disheveled in style. With just a few steps, you can create this effortless but still elegant, slept-in look.  


Step 1. Add Texture 

Start by gently brushing your hair until it’s smooth and knot-free. To add some texture and volume to your strands, spray your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo. Shake the bottle well, spritz it onto your roots, and then use a comb to tease your hair at the roots to give your mane a clean feeling and full-bodied look.


Editor’s tip: If your hair color needs a little boost try a tinted dry shampoo like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair   


Step 2. Gather Your Hair Into a Ponytail

Collect all of your hair at the top of your head and tie it into a ponytail. Then loosely twist the ponytail into a bun and secure it with a few bobby pins — but remember, the more tousled it looks the better. So, don’t worry about any ends poking out, as this only enhances the overall look. Loop a hair elastic around the messy bun you just created as many times as you need to hold it in place.


Step 3. Finish With Hairspray

To keep your messy bun in place, use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented to help keep your hairstyle in place all day. 


Editor’s tip: Lay down your edges in the front to complete the look. Use a small edge brush and apply a dime-size amount of the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Mega Gel to your baby hairs to keep them in place.


Next: 7 Tips To Get Poof-Free Fluffy Hair


Updated by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn