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.
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!
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: