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The messy bun is the true hairstyle MVP. The perfectly tousled topknot is the ultimate cool-girl updo—casual enough for yoga class yet sophisticated enough for a dinner date. It’s also a perfect hairstyle for when you don’t have time to wash your hair but still want to seem put-together, or if you want to keep flyaways and frizz at bay while on the go. Fundamentally, it’s quite adaptable.

Of all, most looks that appear simple and thrown-together involve a significant amount of work, precision, and practise behind the scenes. Well, not this one. So we’ve created a simple, step-by-step method to making the ultimate, flexible messy bun that doesn’t just appear effortless—it is!

Are you ready to perfect your own messy hairstyle? Here’s the fundamental, go-to tutorial. These steps are appropriate for all hair types with at least medium-to-shoulder length hair (if you have short hair, check out these other style options).

Don’t have time to shower today? No worries. Not only do most hairstylists advise against washing your hair every day (to protect your hair’s natural oils), but messy buns work best on second-day hair because of the increased texture.

The first step in creating a messy bun is to gather all of your hair away from your face and neck and hold it up at the crown of your head. It might sometimes assist to flip your head down and tie your hair that way, allowing you to secure it as high as you like. If you want to frame your face, leave a few stray hairs out of your ponytail. Depending on how messy you want your bun to be, tie the high ponytail loosely and forgo the brush—a few bumps will enhance the relaxed look.
Make a twist in your hair, the most crucial element comes next. Twist your strands until they’re taut after gathering your hair into a high ponytail. Then, wrap this long twist around the base of your ponytail (where your hair meets the back of your head) to form your high bun. Depending how long your mane is, this may take a few seconds. Feel free to wrap as tight or loose as your heart desires.To keep your messy bun in place, tie a hair tie or elastic around the bun and use bobby pins around the sides for stray hairs. You can even spice it up by adding a fun scrunchie, a flirty bow, or patterned hair elastic to match your outfit and make it your own. The options are endless!

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