If you like the look of low messy buns, you've landed in the right place! It's an effortlessly beautiful hairstyle that works well for any occasion and one of our go-to looks. We've rounded up some of our favorite inspiration from Pinterest to help you get out the door faster — while still looking your best.
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Steps to Create Low Messy Buns
- Add mouse or dry shampoo to roots for lift. (See below for our top recommendations.)
- Divvy hair into a few large sections, then tease by combing it backwards towards scalp.
- Tie hair into a low ponytail, then lightly pull a few chunks looser from the crown area to add fluff and volume. (Don't tug too hard to avoid breaking or damaging strands.)
- Divide the hanging ponytail portion into upper and lower halves. Lightly tease the upper section and fold or twist it under.
- Use the non-teased lower half of the ponytail to wrap around the base, covering the hair tie. Then use bobby pins to secure everything in place.
- Lightly tug strands loose for a messier look or use additional bobby pins to secure any loose strands in place for a neater appearance.
Products to Help Master the Messy Bun
- Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip: Use this mousse if you’re creating a bun on clean hair because it will help hair hold its shape better.
- Herbivore Sea Mist: This is another option we like if you're fortunate enough to have hair so healthy that it slips out of a messy bun. We’ve long been a fan of Herbivore products for their commitment to organic ingredients and their cruelty-free policy. Their lavender-scented mist from Urban Outfitters is a nice option because it smells good and is very lightweight. That means it won’t leave that “crunchy” residue you get from some texturizing products.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical Scent: Use this to create messy buns on 2nd day hair. It helps rid roots of the oily/greasy look and it also provides volume and lift.
If you prefer video tutorials, here's a fun one I created showing a few variations of the messy bun. xo, daisy
For more inspiration, you can follow our hair board on Pinterest. We're constantly pinning new ideas! Also, check out our favorite messy bun tutorials: Summer Hair: Messy Bun and Braid Tutorial. Have a great week!