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How To Perfect The Messy Bun

Perfectly done but undone (if ya know what we mean).

We all have those days where we wake up with that not-so-fresh feeling, especially when you’re not necessarily a morning person *ahem* like me. Throw a bad hair day into the equation and not even a double shot soya latte is going to cheer me up.

Yep, hair can actually make or break your outfit (I’m lookin’ at you flat/limp hair day) so it’s important to have a contingency plan up your sleeve – and this is where the messy bun comes in.

The problem – it looks effortless, but it takes a little bit of skill.

The good news – practice will make perfect, along with these six simple steps for nailing it (from start to finish).

Photographer: @danrobertsstudio

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1. GO GRITTY

Sorry to break it to all serial hair-washers out there, but if you want to nail that undone bun you’re going to have to embrace the second-day texture. This doesn’t mean 86ing your conditioner. Instead, we suggest going heavy handed on the texture spray.

We recommend label.m texturising spray (for some serious textured feels) or Oribe’s Dry texturising spray (for a more subtle look.) Bonus tip: these also act like a dry shampoo + absorb oil so you won’t need to worry about your hair separating at the roots (don’t you just hate that??).

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1. GO GRITTY

Sorry to break it to all serial hair-washers out there, but if you want to nail that undone bun you’re going to have to embrace the second-day texture. This doesn’t mean 86ing your conditioner. Instead, we suggest going heavy handed on the texture spray.

We recommend label.m texturising spray (for some serious textured feels) or Oribe’s Dry texturising spray (for a more subtle look.) Bonus tip: these also act like a dry shampoo + absorb oil so you won’t need to worry about your hair separating at the roots (don’t you just hate that??).

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2. WHIP YO HAIR

If you’re going for a high top knot, then (carefully) whip your hair forward à la Willow Smith and begin to twist from the roots to the ends. If you’re all about a low bun, then gather your hair in a low pony first and again twist from the roots to the ends.

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2. WHIP YO HAIR

If you’re going for a high top knot, then (carefully) whip your hair forward à la Willow Smith and begin to twist from the roots to the ends. If you’re all about a low bun, then gather your hair in a low pony first and again twist from the roots to the ends.

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3. WIND IT UP

Use your fingers to hold your hair in place (and preserve that fine twisting work you’ve just done), then begin winding it in a circle on the top of your head (or nape of your neck) until you’ve got that bun all nicely wound together.

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3. WIND IT UP

Use your fingers to hold your hair in place (and preserve that fine twisting work you’ve just done), then begin winding it in a circle on the top of your head (or nape of your neck) until you’ve got that bun all nicely wound together.

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4. TIE IT DOWN

Using a hair elastic, tie it around your bun until it feels secure (avoid making it too tight – this is not a beauty pageant).

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4. TIE IT DOWN

Using a hair elastic, tie it around your bun until it feels secure (avoid making it too tight – this is not a beauty pageant).

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5. BRING OUT THE BABY HAIRS, BBY!

Gently tug out the finer strands around your hairline so that you’re left with a soft, wispy halo around your heavenly bun (this is the secret to getting that lived in/slept in look).

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5. BRING OUT THE BABY HAIRS, BBY!

Gently tug out the finer strands around your hairline so that you’re left with a soft, wispy halo around your heavenly bun (this is the secret to getting that lived in/slept in look).

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6. TEASE IT OUT

The final touch! Grab at the hair surrounding your head and gently loosen it to add a bit of volume. Nailed it!!!

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6. TEASE IT OUT

The final touch! Grab at the hair surrounding your head and gently loosen it to add a bit of volume. Nailed it!!!

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