Messy bun tutorial

Messy Bun hair tutorial
(Coat by French Connection)

After this post, I got a few requests for a “messy bun” hair tutorial! My boyfriend laughed when I told him that I needed help photographing it. It is a bit unintuitive – a process for making your hair “messier.”

That said, this method will probably have to be tailored to fit your individual hair type; it even took me a few tries to photograph and post this tutorial properly, as sometimes it turns out better than others. Nonetheless, I thought I’d oblige those who asked! Maybe you’ll find something useful in here.


(Crew neck sweater by J.Crew)

FYI, this hairstyle is considerably more difficult on freshly-cleaned, slick hair – it’s much easier to style if it’s a little dirty. Bed head (like mine above) works perfectly.

Now on to the tutorial!

Messy bun hair tutorial

More in-depth explanation:
1. Tease your hair with a comb. It doesn’t have to be a super-bouffant, just tease it enough to give you some volume on top of your bun.

2. Put your hair in a high ponytail, leaving some hair around your face down. If your hair flattens out at the top, don’t worry! You can tease it a little more later. Also, leave as much hair around your face as you want – you will be pinning some back later.

3. Curl hair with iron, using either barrel or clasp method. You don’t have to be too particular or careful about these curls. I don’t even curl all of my hair usually, just most of it. Also, curl the hair around your face!

4. Pin chunks of hair into LOOSE bun, 1″-2″ pieces at a time. Before pinning hair into a bun, it may help to tease the base of the ponytail (close to the rubber band) a little bit.

5. When pinning back, don’t pin the entire strand into the bun! Leave the hair hanging after you wrap it around once or twice so that your lovely curls show. Hide the straight hair completely, though!

6. Tug your teased hair a little if need be. This will add some volume. Pin back some hair around your face. Let these pieces hang a little too, to add to the “messy” effect. Also, leave some hair hanging around your face! This will soften the austerity that normally comes with a bun.

I feel like I should rename this blog to “Hairstyles for lazy people and art students”, because this is seriously the PERFECT way to wear your hair if you are like me and don’t wash your hair daily.

Finished picture of the bun:

Messy bun hair tutorial



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28 Comments

  1. Lindsey
    October 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm
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    Oh my word, your hair is always so gorgeous! Thank you for posting this, I’m going to try it out this weekend XD My hair is shorter and a lot thinner, but I think I can make this work for me!

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    • Catherine
      October 19, 2011 at 11:25 am
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      I had you in mind when I wrote it! Thin hair should not be a problem if it is slightly dirty (and teased)! Let me know how it works for you~ <3

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  2. Eliz
    October 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    this is really helpful. thank you!!*

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  3. Michelle
    October 19, 2011 at 12:37 am
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    Kaki, you are so lovely! I will definitely try this when I have more hair, haha.

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  4. my Jeraffi
    October 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
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    you are so beautiful!
    this was really helpful . . . I’m going to style my hair like this tomorrow!!!

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  5. my Jeraffi
    October 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm
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    I just realized that I commented with my old blog URL. .. my new site is myjeraffiphotography.blogspot.com.
    Thanks again for the tutorial :)

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  6. jas
    October 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm
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    Not only are these GORGEOUS shots of your gorgeous face, but this hair cut is so cute! I have to admit, I have never mastered the “messy bun”, and am excited to try some of your tips. >.>

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  7. Genevieve
    October 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm
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    the black and white photo of you is absolutely breath taking!

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    • Catherine
      October 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm
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      thanks so much, Genevieve! You are quite breathtaking, yourself!

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  8. Joy
    October 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm
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    This is too pretty! I wish my hair was long enough.

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  9. Alexa
    October 22, 2011 at 6:51 am
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    oooh, this looks gorgeous & is explained very well, I’ll definitely try this! I also love your nail polish in these pictures, is it a wine red-colour? *_*

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    • Catherine
      October 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm
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      Thank you! Yes, it is Essie’s “Wicked.” I have been wearing it for a month straight now, it’s so pretty!

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  10. pink horrorshow
    October 22, 2011 at 10:20 am
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    Sooooooooooo pretty!!

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  11. Kaleido Mind
    October 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm
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    You make this look so easy–very cute, thanks!

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  12. Julia
    October 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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    Gorgeous as ever! And nice tutorial. I’ll try this when my hair gets a bit longer.

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  13. Celina
    October 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm
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    You absolutely hands down have some of the best hair tutorials out there, I certainly want to try this out for a future photo shoot, I will let you know how I go :)

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  14. Aaria
    October 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm
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    Wow.. it is looking soooo cute.. I love buns.. they look soo cool.. Messy buns are my fav! And you are looking cute! :) Thanks a lot for sharing..

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  15. Lisa
    November 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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    This is amazing! Thanks Catherine ♥

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  16. kristen
    November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm
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    you are so beautiful oh my goodness!

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  17. sooz
    December 13, 2011 at 11:35 am
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    looks great! not too fussy, but fancy at the same time :)

    http://www.solifestyle.com

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  18. inge
    December 18, 2011 at 4:46 am
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    Lovely!

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  19. Courtney
    February 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm
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    I have longer hair like yours, did it take that many pins to hold? That’d be my biggest concern. Thanks for posting. We love posts like these in the Trends section of http://www.taaz.com!

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  21. Maddie
    August 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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    Could this work for shoulder leangth hair?

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  22. Lisa Woodard
    October 21, 2012 at 10:30 am
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    I Love this!!!! So easy & that’s what I like, easy to do, & stylish. Add a few accents, & it’s the perfect style with a dress,etc

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  23. mina
    December 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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    It`s so pretty!

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  25. Therisita L. Carle
    January 25, 2014 at 9:43 am
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    I love this gorgeous style.

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