Last Updated on March 26, 2023 by Ellen Christian
My daughter is growing her hair out and has been learning how to make the perfect messy bun to wear to work. Learn how here.
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How to Make the Perfect Messy Bun
She wanted a hair style that was easy to do but looked a bit more professional than a ponytail. Because she has a hands-on kind of job, she needed to have her hair out of her face when she worked.
Unlike the traditional bun, with a messy bun, the goal is to have a few tendrils of hair frame your face and lay loose against your neckline.
This casual style tends to be a bit softer and more feminine than the traditional bun. Because the goal is to have a few pieces of hair slip free, you don’t need to be as careful when creating it.
There’s no reason to add 57 bobby pins and three layers of hair spray with this style.
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Pull back your hair
The first step is to pull your hair back into a ponytail. You can gather your hair on the back of your head or higher up, but where you put your ponytail is where the bun will be located so keep that in mind.
Divide your hair
Step two is to divide the hair in your ponytail into three different sections. Then tease each section of the ponytail to add extra volume.
Separate and twist
The next step is to separate the hair in your ponytail into two sections. Then twist each section in opposite directions as you would for a traditional bun.
Instead of pinning the bun in tightly with bobby pins, pin the bun about an inch from the end of your hair to let the ends of your hair drape down loosely.
Pull hair free
Finally, pull a few pieces of hair free from the bun and let them frame your face.
That’s all there is to learn how to make the perfect messy bun. You can add a tiny bit of hairspray if your hair is very fine or thin and doesn’t stay up well.
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