How to achieve the perfect messy bun hairstyle

Preparation

Start with slightly dirty or second-day hair, as it tends to hold the style better. If your hair is clean, you can add texture by spraying a bit of dry shampoo or texturizing spray and gently tousling it with your fingers.

Gather Your Hair

Flip your head upside down and gather your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Use your fingers to smooth out any bumps or tangles, but don't worry about it being too neat.

Secure the Ponytail

Once you've gathered your hair, secure it with a hair tie or elastic. You can choose a clear elastic for a seamless look or a colored one for a pop of color.

Create the Bun

Twist your ponytail loosely and then wrap it around the base to form a bun. Don't worry about making it too tight or perfect aim for a relaxed and slightly messy look. Leave some ends sticking out for added texture.

Secure the Bun

Use another hair tie or bobby pins to secure the bun in place. Tug gently on the bun to loosen it up and create more volume. You can also pull out a few strands around your face to frame it.

Refine the Look

Gently pull on pieces of hair around the bun to loosen them up and create a softer, messier effect. You can also use your fingers to adjust the shape of the bun until you're happy with how it looks.

Set the Style

Finish off the messy bun hairstyle by spraying it lightly with hairspray to hold it in place. You can also use a bit of texturizing spray or dry shampoo to add more volume and texture if desired.