How To Get A Messy Bun

Everyone loves a quick and easy way to style their hair. The bun has made a huge comeback in the last few years. But today’s bun is a far cry from the slicked back prim and proper look we all remember. It has been replaced by the chic messy bun that has a stylish, yet effortless look. Perfect for a day in the hot sun, or added to a polished office look, this versatile style is ideal for any occasion. Since it takes less than 5 minutes to achieve this amazing look, it’s great for a day when you don’t feel like spending time styling your hair. No matter if you have thick or thin hair, curly or straight, this is a look everyone can love.

Remember, you can always dress it up by simply pulling down some strands around your face or adding decorative hair clips to the side of your hair.

Here are some quick and easy tips on how to achieve this iconic look:

  • Step 1: Finger comb your hair pulling it back into a low ponytail.
  • Step 2: Spray any fly aways with a light weight hairspray, such as Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray  and add a little to your ponytail to provide some extra texture.
  • Step 3: Take a boar bristle teasing comb, or any teasing comb or brush, and tease the ponytail slightly.
  • Step 4: Wrap the ponytail around itself and when you have about three inches of hair left separate the sections and twist in opposite directions.
  • Step 5: Secure the pieces on top of the bun with a few bobby pins.

That’s all there is to it! A great look that you are sure to love. :-)

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I simply must know what you’re wearing on your lips! It’s beautiful! And your hair is gorgeous! So jealous;)

I love your hair tutorials! I would love to see how you did Marlena’s hair in the Tequila Sunrise video! :o) You ladies are gonna make me beautiful yet!

I wear my hair like this everytime i go to the gym… love it!! Oh and love your tatoo on the back of your neck. What does it say????

You should upload more and more hair tutorials for us! We have all Marlena’s awesome tips, but I think we need the hair tips too to complete our gorgeous makeup!

Thank you for the how to video. This hairstyle is perfect for summer. Also – I absolutely adore your coral lips with the thick aqua necklace. Perfect pairing.

Have you ever tested corrective cosmetics?

i love what do you do , good luck :) I want to know about best hair Protectant Sprays that use before do anything to Create a protective barrier around each strand to prevent heat damage and promote hair health.

Thank you for the great tutorial!
I would LOVE to know how you did your eyes! THey are so natural but so bold!!

WE ARE dying there, aren’t you going to tell us the lipstick reference?? :-))) Please…..

Please…please…please?? do a tutorial for short or shorter hair…mine is just above my
shoulders and too short to pull back. Tanks!! Love your tutorials!!

Great tutorial! Btw…has anyone ever told you that you kinda look like Blake lively in a way,??

Thanks this was really helpful!!!! When I do my messy buns they always turn out weird and are EXTREMELY hard to get out for me!!!! I love this look!!!:) thanks!:)