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How to Style a Messy Bun

Updated on August 2, 2019

Messy buns

This is the perfect day after hairstyle. If you are in a hurry, don't have time to wash your hair, or are just hiding a bad hair day this bun is perfect. I love to wear this style The day after I have curled my hair. The messy bun is the ultimate on the go hairstyle. It can be worn so many ways and the best part is it still looks cute and classy.

What you will need

You are not going to need much for this hairstyle because of its versatility. No matter your hair type the condition your hair is in you can make it work.

  • Hair tie
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair spray (optional)
  • Hairbrush (also optional!)
  • Dry shampoo (If your hair needs it)

What to do

This is so easy it takes just a few steps.

  • Step one gather your hair
  • Step two create a bun using your hair tie
  • Step three twist around pull pieces out push-in style as you please
  • Step four use bobby pins to secure your bun
  • Further steps would include hairspray and accessories if you to

Helpful video on creating a messy bun

Different styled messy buns

There are a ton of things you can do to dress up and add uniqueness to this hairstyle but here are some ideas if you need some inspiration.

Side bun

This is a messy bun worn loosely on either side of your head. This can be worn high up but the most common is low.

Curly bun

This is my favorite! You can curl your hair or use day-old curls even if they are falling out this still looks super pretty.

Pile up

This is when you just take all your messy hair and literally just pile it up all on top. This is a great casual version of this style.

Adding a poof

This is a great idea if you have bangs. Especially if your hair was styled the day before or hasn't been washed this will hide any grease and looks great paired with a messy bun.

Twisted or french braided back

This is when you twist or braid your hair on the sides before creating the bun. This makes the messy bun look really elegant.


This is the most common accessory with this style. Adding a headband is a quick way to add some flare to this style.


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