3 easy messy bun hairstyles and how to get them

/ 07.30.2014
Which messy bun will you try first?
Which messy bun will you try first?

When you don't really know what to do with your hair but you do want to put it all up and out of your way, a bun is one of the best solutions. It's quick, easy and it gets the job done. Like the humble ponytail, it also happens to be one of the most versatile hairstyles on the planet, too.

We just love the "I woke up like this" messy approach to buns and knots, mostly because they're so mercifully forgiving! It's just perfect for day two hair (or three), it looks great on lots of different face shapes thanks to the soft, wispy silhouette. It also happens to be one of this season's biggest runway hits with designers including Michael Kors and Zac Posen embracing windswept, bed head chic.

Whether you need a simple updo for the gym, the office or even a night out on the town, maybe a messy bun is the style you've been waiting for! To help you figure out how to make the look work for you, we've handpicked three gorgeous looks, along with easy-to-follow tutorials so you can recreate them at home. All you have to do is scroll down and decide which one you'll try first...


There's no easier way to inject a little romance into your look than with a tousled texture and some floral accessories. Whether you prefer headbands, barrettes, floral crowns or even an actual flower, this style is the perfect accompaniment to a casual 'off-duty' look and can also be dressed up for a formal occasion, too. Don't go overboard on the flowers and you have yourself the ideal wedding guest hairstyle!

Step one

If you have naturally curly hair, scrunch some L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream through damp hair then blow-dry with the diffuser attachment. This will keep frizz at bay and give your curls long-lasting definition.

If your hair is naturally straight, use a curling iron to add movement and spray liberally with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

Step two

Sweep your hair up and pin it into a loose bun at the back or on top of your head.

Step three

Use your fingertips or a wide-tooth comb to further loosen the style. Tease a couple of pieces free at the front to help soften the look then mist generously all over with LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

Step four

Pin, clip or slide on your chosen accessories and you're all set!


If you're looking for a slightly more deconstructed style, you might want to try a topknot instead. Practicality is a huge part of this look as it keeps all of the hair piled up and out of the way, making it a great choice for a workout, warm weather or any situation where your tresses need to be kept off your face and neck.

Step one

This style looks great with day old hair so no need to wash it first. Scrunch a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gu through the ends to add texture then tease the hair at the root to add volume if necessary.

Step two

Sweep your hair up as if you were going to tie it into a pony then twist and secure it into a topknot with a hair tie. Don't pull your hair too tight as you want this style to retain a carefree vibe.

Step three

Tease some pieces loose at the front and from the knot itself to get a slightly mussed finish.

Step four

Complete the look with a liberal mist of LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.


Whether you want to keep your inner 90s kid happy or you just want a style that will stand out from the crowd, an off-center knot with a colorful scrunchie could be the look you didn't know you needed. If you prefer, you could team this ever-so-slightly off-kilter 'do with an Alice band or a stretchy headband instead. It's all up to you!

Step one

Spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray then tease with a fine-tooth comb to add volume.

Step two

Smooth the hair over gently then gather it all up into a big, loose topknot, securing it slightly to one side.

Step three

Use your fingers to slowly pull a couple of pieces loose from the bun then do the same at the front. This will frame your face and soften the look.

Step four

Yep, you guessed it, go to town with the LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray!

So, which messy bun will you try first?

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