A Messy Bun Kind of Day | Step by Step Tutorial

Please excuse my stupid face 8)

Hey Ladies! If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I tweeted today asking you all which post you would like from me next and gave three options. The winner was my Messy Bun post so here it is. To be honest, I never really intended to do this post but when I took these pictures at the weekend, I figured some of you might like to know how I achieved this look so I took it upon myself to take some step by step pictures and do a tutorial.

Messy Buns are a beauty and fashion blogger fave when it comes to hair styles and I am no exception. I love how they are quick, easy and stylish. This type of hairstyle can be worn for almost any occassion - work, a shopping trip, dinner with friends; you name it!
I went to a family party on Sunday and as I was having a bit of a bad hair day, I decided to sling it up and see what happened. 

Normally I use a hair donut to create this look but as I didn't have one to hand, I had to make do with a hair band and bobbi pins. A lot of this hair style is down to trial and error as each time I do it, it looks slightly different from the time before. It took me about five minutes from start to finish to create and I am going to try and explain how I did it below without confusing you too much.

Step 1:
The first thing I do is brush my hair through with my tangle teezer. I find it easier to work with if it is freshly brushed so I brush it all back from my face until it is smooth and tangle free.

Step 2:
 Next I scoop all of my hair up to the height I want the bun to be and tie it with a hair band. I usually place it on the crown of my head as I find this suits me best. However, if you prefer a higher or lower bun, the same steps apply just tie your hair higher or lower.

Step 3:
When tying my hair up I leave it in a loop instead of pulling all of the hair through as this gives the basic shape for the bun to form around.

Step 4:
I then take a handful of bobbi pins and pull the hair around in until it forms a shape I am happy with. This section is completely trial and error as you can wrap bits of hair around, pin bits under or just pop the bobbi bins in around the base of the hair tie until you create a shape that you are happy with. When I do mine, it doesn't always necessarily look like a bun, more like a messy up-do but I prefer that look to a structured, neat bun.

After these four steps, I then pull bits of hair out around the front and sides to make it appear more messy and then spritz it with hairspray. Wallah - Messy bun complete. 


As you can see from the above pictures, this is a simple hairstyle that takes no time at all. If I can do this, anyone can as I am a complete hair novice. If you do give it a go, please do let me know how you get on. Happy messy bun creating!

P.S - Please excuse my awful roots. I'm a bit fussy about who does my hair so while I was in Australia I only had it done once. It's done my hair the world of good but I need to get some bleach on it ASAP - It may as well be Ombre. Yikes.

Do you like messy buns? How do you do yours?

Lots of Love,












71 comments

  1. Super super gorgeous , love the messy bun :) xx

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  2. you're so pretty and I love your blog! I wish I could do this with my hair but mines too long and thick:( xx

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    1. Thank you very much :) I'm sure you could do it if you used lots of hairspray and bobbi pins! Xx.

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  3. yaaaaay i was hoping the messy bun would win!
    it looks really good on you hun, i always like to see how other people do there's. oh and i know what you mean about being picky about hairdressers, mine is in north london and ive just moved south, over an hour away, i dont know what ill do! I've done a messy bun video, nopt sure if youve seen it?

    http://alittlebeautyspot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/youtube2-doughnut-messy-bun-tutorial.html

    xxx

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    1. Thanks hun! Yeah I've seen your tutorial - it's fab! You remind me of Megan Fox in the video ;) haha! Xx.

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  4. yay I wanted this one! I'm just entering into the world of up dos after having a pixie cut for so long and I hope one day mine will look like this! gorgeous xxx

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    1. Thanks Meg! Fingers crossed it grows quickly for you as this is such an easy and convenient hairstyle to do!! Xx.

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  5. this is real cute. your roots don't look bad at all. i thought it was ombre!

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    1. Thank you! Haha my roots are so big that it does look Ombre!! Xx.

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  6. Loving the messy bun! Your so pretty :)

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    xo

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  7. Can I just have your hair please?haha xx

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    1. Oh you don't want it .. It's a pain in the bum but thank you hun :) xxx.

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  8. Great tutorial! I always wonder how other people do their messy buns -- mine never look this good! I need longer hair! xx

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    1. Thank you lovely - I just throw mine up and hope for the best!! Xx.

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  9. Love this, I all for messy hair top knots haha :)

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    1. Thank you :) there the best aren't they!! Xx.

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  10. Looks really nice :) My messy buns are okay, but I can never have pieces of hair hanging down because it's curly! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! Can you nor straighten the bits of hair hanging down?? Xx.

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  11. love this!!
    p.s having major hair envy over you hair right now!! love it <3

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    1. Thank you very much but it annoys me most of the time haha :) xxx.

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  12. i can never get my messy bun right! it always falls out.
    thanks for the tutorial! x

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    1. Just use LOTS of bobbi pins and hairspray so it is super duper secure!! Xx.

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  13. Your hair so looks so perfectly messy, mine never turns out right!!

    xx

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    1. Thank you Nicola :) It's all about trial and error - mine look poop half the time!! Xx.

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  14. This looks gorgeous!!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Love it!! I want your hair!!
    X

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    1. Thank you but you really don't, it's a pain in the bum!! Xx.

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  16. Thats a great tutorial,I have a hair doughnut but I can t use it because my hair is not long enough but this suits my hair length as well.Also I think you should do a tutorial on your eye make up it looks gorgeous ;)

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    1. Thank you :) this should definitely work with any hair that can be tied up. Hair donuts usually only work on long hair as you need lots of hair to cover the donut so you should give this way a try!! Xx.

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  17. you are gorgeous!!! i have super short hair, but still love your blog <3 xoxo

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    1. Ahh I'm really not but thank you so much :) xxx.

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  18. This looks gorgeous! I can't wait for my hair to grow a bit longer, my hair just doesn't do messy bun at the moment. Thanks for the post x

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    1. Thanks Holly :) you should give it a try! As long as you can tie your hair up it should work!! Xx.

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  19. I just looove messy buns! You're looking gorgeous btw. I'm doing the messy bun the way you do it, loads of bobby pins and hairspray.. I actually changed my routine after watching Zoes tutorial on this on her youtube channel haha xxx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I love them too! Zoe's messy bun's always look gorgeous!! Xx.

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  20. It looks great on you! Easy to do too :) love it

    Adela
    afashionistascorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you :) it is really easy to do!! Xx.

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  21. me ha encantado tu blog, te sigo! te invito al mío y si te gsta te espero como seguidora :) Muak guapa
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    MªJosé Fernández

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  22. I do the exact same way as you, it is really easy and always can look a little different each time :) great post

    xx

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  23. Easy! I do it the exact same way, looks lovely on you!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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  24. i always look like a pineapple head everytime i do a bun lol, you look stunning though :) great post xxx

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  25. wow this looks really easy to do and really suits you :) i have thick hair so a lot of bobby pins will be needed :)

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  26. Yay so glad you chose to post this, your hair always looks so lovely! This is how i do my lazy work hair, yay for a messy bun! x

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  27. such a good post. i need to practice doing these as i'm still in short hair mode and don't know what to do with my longer locks. thanks for doing this tutorial!

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  28. Super cute hair style! I wouldn't worry about your roots, I think it actually looks quite nice! Like you said, it's pretty much ombre! xx

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  29. You look AMAZING. I love your hair *and* makeup :)

    xo,
    LelaLondon.com - WIN three dresses!

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  30. Thanks for sharing babes, you make this look very easy, going to give it a while on my next bun day. Your hair always looks amazing xx

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  31. Great tutorial! Just found your blog and absolutely love it! Newest follower!

    Katherine

    http://mintedglam.blogspot.com/

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  32. I actually rocked the sock bun today! but will try this way soon!

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  33. Haha I feel your roots pain, I also look like I have ombre hair! when I worked in Italy last year I didn't have it done for like 3 1/2 months, finally bit the bullet and the woman dyed it ginger, NEVER again. Great post, I love wearing my hair like this too, so easy to do :) xx

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. This is so pretty, you have such lovely glossy hair!


    - Keyta x

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  35. I have a messy bun in right now! :) Haha, it's pretty much what I wear ALL the time on my down time. Your's is super cute and simple, love it!

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  36. super gorgeous ban! i pretty much do mine like you :) xx

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  37. This tutorial is perfect (and you look lovely!)
    My messy buns always look too messy or too 'done' so I will definitely be referring to this next time I attempt it xx

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  38. You look lovely, nothing like a messy bun when you're in a rush or just can't be bothered with the straighteners! :) xx

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  39. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  40. Wow, you pull of a messy bun extremely well! I do the same as you except when putting it up, I tip my head upside down. I find it helps get it all back, but that's just a personal preference, your way definitely works for you! Beautiful!xxx

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  41. wow dear! amazing pics! and great blog!i'm going to try it! by the way! love your eyes!!
    i didn't know it but i love it! so following you! i invite you to visit mine and follow me as well if you like!
    Kisses!!

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  42. Girl, you always look stunning! Thanks for this tutorial, I always struggle to make my messy bun look really messy ahah!

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  43. Loving the eye make up! I love messy buns, I pretty much live in them. It's nice seeing how other people do theirs :)x p.s i love your blog!

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  44. i love this hair style

    xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. Your really pretty! I like this tutorial - a very easy way to make a bun. :)

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  46. i adore messy buns + yours looks perfect :-)

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    1. Me too:), I've tried a messy bun before and it was awful

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    2. I adore you Kayleigh !!! I still haven't tried my messy bun, but I will tell you the results when I'm done! xxx :)

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