The best way to style a messy bun

21 Oct

One of the hottest looks right now is to look, well, like you have done anything at all. Natural “what, I woke up like this” style might make your heart soar, but it’s harder to achieve than you might think. Remember all those people who said a natural makeup style was simple, then showed you the twenty products you needed to achieve it? It’s a bit like that.

A messy bun is the peak of this nonchalant style. It’s carefree, easy, and like our very favourite hairstyles looks as at home in the office as it does with a cocktail dress.

For those with shorter hair who are desperate to pull off this style you’ll need to use hair extensions or a ponytail hair extension.

This is for several reasons. First if you hair is fine then you’ll know a bun can look tiny and not very effective if you don’t have a little help. A few clip on hair extensions, or a ponytail hair extension in the same colour as your natural hair will help to boost the bun and make it look incredible.

Second if you’ve got shorter hair you might be able to get it into a pony, but haven’t got any length to twist in a bun. A ponytail hair extension will add much needed length.

The first thing to do is to start with clean, dry hair. Brush it first as you want to be free from any knots or tangles. Always brush from root to tip, tor educe any pulling and the risk of split ends.

Next spray a little hairspray into your hands and comb your fingers through your hair. This will add volume but also texture. You want hair to stay in the style and a little hairspray at this stage will help the locks stick together and stay in place.


If you’re using clip on hair extensions you need to add them now. Choose a colour that’s as close to your natural hair colour as possible so that they blend in seamlessly.

Tie your hair in a high ponytail on the crown of the head. If it’s easier, tip your head forward and gather the hair as it falls. This will help you get that ponytail as high on your head as it needs to be. Secure the ponytail with a bobble.

If you’re using a ponytail hair extension, fasten it now.

Next, split the ponytail into two strands. Twist those strands individually with your fingers until they’re twisted right to the tips. Take the two sections and twist them around the bobble until you get to the end. Fasten in place with another bobble.

Now you need to messy it up. Take sections of the hair and pull slightly to loosen it up. A few strands here and there will make it look bang on trend. Use bobby pins to pin down different sections of the bun itself so that it doesn’t look uniform.

And there you have it, a messy bun that will look great from day to night – and takes five minutes!

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