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Messy Side Bun

THE LOOK

Embrace the shabby chic look and enjoy the freeform shape of this messy side bun. Wear the bun low on your neckline or under your ear for a tighter look. This style creates a soft, relaxed feel, so you’ll be comfortable wearing it out with friends or when entertaining. The important thing to remember is there’s a big difference between messy and untidy! The key to getting this style right is in the initial stages, when you’re forming the bun.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No, but they can be used to add volume.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

This simple hairstyle changes with the addition of an accessory. Try incorporating flowers, a diamanté brooch, or a scarf to create different looks.

TRY THIS

Let your bangs or layers hang loose for an even softer look. Alternatively, combine your bangs into the bun to create a low, sweeping, seductive fringe that meets the bun behind your ear.

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Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Emily M. Meyers/The Freckled Fox.
Bottom left : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Alison Titus.
Bottom right : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Lana Red Studio.

HOW TO GET IT MESSY SIDE BUN

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Large-barrel curling iron
  • Bristle brush (optional)
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray

1). This style looks best with waves or texture in your hair, so use a largebarrel curling iron to curl your hair from the ears down. Break the curls up into waves by running your fingers through or brushing lightly with a bristle brush.

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2). Using a comb, tease your hair lightly at the crown to add volume and height to your hair.

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3). Twist your hair from the right side of your head around into a low ponytail on the left. Pin the twist in place with bobby pins.

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4). Take the rest of your hair and twist and pin up around into a messy bun shape. You can pin your hair in one large bun, or do several smaller buns.

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5). Twist and pin any loose layers of hair from the front into the bun and spray with hairspray to set your style in place.

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TOP TIP : Remember to keep this style looking messy. If you’re having trouble going from ponytail to bun, tie your ponytail with a small elastic first. If backcombing still isn’t giving you enough volume, try using extensions or a hair donut, which add amazing volume and are cheap and easy to use.

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