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We have some good news for our hairstyling challenged friends—not every updo requires an expert’s skillset. An oh-so-easy messy bun is always an option! Seriously, if you’ve managed to work out how to create a ponytail—and we’re confident you have—you can handle pulling your hair into a quick messy bun. And lucky for you, if you had to choose just a single hair style to have in your wheelhouse, a messy bun would be the perfect one. That’s because it’s ideal for practically any situation, whether your schedule includes a hot date or a spin class, or you simply need to get your hair up and off your face ASAP. Go ahead and grab a hair brush, texturizing spray, hair elastic, bobby pins, and hair spray, because we’re breaking down exactly how to add a messy bun to your hair style repertoire.
While it’s true a messy bun is meant to be imperfect, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to create it using tangled hair. Before you get to forming a messy bun, gently brush your hair until it’s smooth and knot-free.
The more texture your hair has, the better your messy bun will look. Still, you shouldn’t worry if you normally have stick straight hair—that’s what texturizing spray is for. Before you get stressed over the state of your strands, spritz your hair all over with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hair Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist to create body and tease your roots.
Now it’s time to put your ponytail skills to good use. That’s right, the trick to getting a good messy bun it to actually start with a ponytail. And it doesn’t even need to be perfect! Collect all of your hair at the back of your head as if you were going to pull it up into a ponytail—no need to fuss over every little bump.
Get ready, your ponytail is about to be transformed into a bun. Begin twisting the ponytail, then wrap it around its own base.
Loop a hair elastic around the messy bun you just created 2-3 times to hold it in place.
Have pieces of hair sticking out in places you don’t want them to be? If your messy bun is looking too messy for your taste, use bobby pins to secure unruly locks of hair. (Check out our 11 Bobby Pin Hacks to Up Your Beauty Game.)
Just because you want your bun to be messy doesn’t mean you’ll be all too pleased if it starts to fall out half way throughout the day. (Although thankfully, after mastering this tutorial, you should be able to easily recreate the hairstyle in a minute.) To prevent your messy bun from unraveling as the day goes on, use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to help lock it in place.
The messy bun may be a total classic, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to spice things up. Here are a few of our favorite messy bun upgrade ideas:
For a special occasion: To instantly make a messy bun fit for a fancier occasion, top it with a bejeweled hair accessory.
For a festival: If you have a festival in your future, don’t shy away from switching up the shade of your messy bun. You can use a temporary hair color spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray, to make your messy bun stand out in a crowd.
For everyday: You don’t need special plans to want to take your look to the next level. Try adding a touch of retro flair to your bun by securing it with a fabric-covered elastic instead of a regular old hair tie. Extra points if it’s furry or made of satin!
Totally feeling this unfussy hairstyle? Well, there’s more where that came from! Head on over to our article, Perfectly Imperfect: 9 Low-Maintenance Undone Hairstyles.