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Messy High Bun

THE LOOK

Look like you had the best night of your life and just woke up in Paris with the messy high bun. In fact, the lazier you are, the easier this style is—the dirtier your hair, the better the messy high bun will look! If your hair is squeaky clean, use a texturizing powder or sea salt spray to mess it up before starting this hairstyle. It’s a look that embraces flyaways, so bear that in mind with whatever your plans are. This is a great casual hairstyle, but not necessarily ideal for more formal or work occasions.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

This hairstyle looks effortless because it is! There’s therefore no need to go over the top with accessories. A headband or thin ribbon can help to adorn this bun, but keep it simple and chic.

TRY THIS

The messy high bun is even easier to do if you have naturally curly or wavy hair, and is perfect in second-day hair. The messy bun can also be worn low on the nape of the neck, or to the side.

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Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Alison Titus.
Bottom left : Hairstyling and makeup by Erin Skipley, photography by Elizabeth Messina, modeling by Ashlyn Pearce.
Bottom right : Photograph courtesy of Fine Featherheads. Photography by Kate Broussard, Soulshots Photography.

HOW TO GET IT MESSY HIGH BUN

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair donut
  • Hair elastic
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairpins (optional)

1). Spray dry shampoo onto your hair to give it some texture and body. You want the finished style to look loose and relaxed, so don’t brush your hair. Use your fingertips to gather all your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Place the hair donut at the base of your ponytail.

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2–3). Backcomb your ponytail to create even more mess and texture.

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4). Gently twist your ponytail and curve it around the base of your ponytail to form a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place. If your hair is thick or curly, try using hairpins for a stronger hold.

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5). Pull some pieces of hair loose around your face and at the nape of your neck to give this style a “lived-in” look.

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TOP TIP : Dry shampoo is the perfect styling product for creating this hairstyle, whether your hair is clean or dirty. It absorbs oil at the roots of your hair and adds a matte texture to the midlengths and ends.

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