How to Master the Messy Bun

Everyone knows the only time a messy bun ever looks the way you want it to look is when you are not planning on seeing anyone. So it’s no surprise that when you go to put your hair into a messy bun for an online lecture. It looks like you have just rolled out of bed, and maybe you just have. But no one needs to know that! Now think back to the year when Molly-Mae was on Love Island and how easy she made it look to create the perfect messy bun. That’s how we want you to feel after reading this blog post. Time to grab your hair ties, hairpins and hairspray!


Half Up, Half Down

Half up, half down is the perfect go-to for when it has been a few days since you washed your hair. But you are not ready to commit to a messy bun yet, because once the messy bun is done. There is no going back, and you have to wash it. Also, you can strategically position the bun on the top of your hair to cover any greasy roots you may have. The best thing about this half up, half down style is that you can make it as messy or as sleek as you like.

  1. First, section off the two face framing pieces at the front of your hair. Secure them with a hair tie or clip so that they don’t get mixed in with your messy bun.
  2. Next, gather as much or as little hair as you want for your bun. Tie this section into a ponytail on the top of your head.
  3. Now, this last step can differ depending on whether you want the messy or sleek look. 

- For the messy look, we recommend creating a bun with another hair tie rather than hairpins. 

- Whereas for the sleek look, hairpins are a must. So if you are opting for a sleek bun, you need to take the ponytail and twist it. So that all your hair is together as one. Then you want to take this hair and wrap it around the base of the ponytail after securing it in place with hairpins.


Messy Bun, Get Stuff Done

If this quote were accurate, I would be the most productive person ever. But for me, messy buns are reserved for Netflix days and mornings where I have snoozed my alarm way too many times. However, if a messy bun for you means that everything on your to-do list will get done, then give this style a try.

This bun doesn’t require step by step instructions, thanks to its simplicity. Nevertheless, we do have some tips to help you to achieve this upstyle.

• Make sure you have a fine tooth comb at hand so that you can easily pull out strands of hair from the bun to create a messy style.

• If your hair is brittle and prone to breakages, opt for a scrunchie over a hair tie.

• After wearing your hair in an upstyle, we always recommend using a hair mask the next time you wash your hair. It is because tight elastic hair ties can put your strands under stress and damage the hair shaft.


Space Buns

Space buns are a fun alternative to the classic messy bun. Especially if you are heading out for brunch after your morning lecture and want to look like you have made an effort. There are lots of different ways you can experiment with the space buns style. For example, adding in a French plait. But for now, we will keep it simple, and as you build your confidence, you can get more creative.

1. First, make sure your hair is in a middle parting and make sure you have two hair ties at hand.

2. Next, you will need to create two pigtails and secure them with your hair ties.

3. Now take one pigtail at a time and twist until all your hair is together as one. Then you need to take the hair and wrap it around the base of the ponytail and secure it in place with hairpins.

To achieve a super sleek look, you will need to purchase a hair gel to tame any flyaways and frizz.


Top Knot

Our favourite fashion influencer Tara Maynard knows how to nail a top knot. Her followers love her upstyle that much that she has an Instagram highlight called ‘My top knot’ with a step-by-step tutorial. We find that this type of messy bun works better a few days after you have washed your hair. Why? Because your hair has more texture due to the styling products you have used on it since it was washed. However, if your locks are lacking, texture. You can spritz some dry shampoo and hairspray through your hair before styling it.

1. First, section off the two face framing pieces at the front of your hair. Secure them with a hair tie or clip so that they don’t get mixed in with your top knot.

2. Next, gather the rest of your hair into your hand. Ready to tie it into a bun on the top of your head. You may want to use a brush for this part.

3. Now, you can secure the bun with a few hairpins.

Feeling Like a Master Yet?

Hopefully, you will now be feeling more confident when it comes to tackling any of these messy bun styles. Remember, practice makes perfect. So the more you experiment with these styles, the easier you will find them. Don’t forget to tag us in your hair selfies at @amrbeautyuk.

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