Alexa Chung

How to do a messy bun like an absolute pro

Ever wondered how to create a great messy bun at home? Follow our simple step-by-step basic training video tutorial...

Buns are a classic and timeless hairstyle and messy buns are the newest take on an easy, laid back up-do. With Christmas just around the corner this is the perfect hairstyle for the office party but still works right through the year to a summers evening BBQ too.

Rework your regular bun with this cool update for a relaxed messy, effortless look. No longer are we seeing the sleek blow-drys or perfectly placed curls this season is all about the nonchalance and an edgier look.

Messy buns are a favourite style of some of our red carpet icons. Queens of the messy bun include Jessica Alba, Sienna Miller, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson, Blake Lively and Eva Longoria. Even long bob devotee Alexa Chung has recently been spotted with a messy bun.

While the messy bun might seem quite straightforward at first glance there a few tricks that you can use to achieve the perfect ‘undone done’ messy bun. The truth is that there is a skill to creating these seemingly unkempt, effortless hairstyles. If you want to look stylish and put together but not like you have tried too hard then the messy bun is your new hair BFF.

Check out our basic training video on ‘how to create a messy bun’ and follow our simple step-by-step guide below!

Step-by-step guide

1. Start by brushing hair careful to avoid knots and tangles

2. If you want you can use a little bit of volumising root spray or some dry shampoo to texturise the hair

3. Next create a high ponytail right on the top at the back of the head, this doesn’t have to be too neat but try to get it right up to the crown of the head. TIP: If you have really long or thick hair and find it tricky to create a high pony tip your head upside down to make sure you can get you pony high enough.

4. Once you have a high pony divide into two sections and use your fingers to twist the hair around into a bun securing with a bobble.

5. You will now have a tight ballerina style twisted bun. We like making things look a little messier so this is the time to start pulling out a few strands around the face and loosening up the bun to add volume.

6. Using bobby pins you can play around the shape of your bun to add more dimension. Finish with a light hairspray to keep all the strands in place.

If you enjoyed this Basic Training video we have loads of other great videos from the series such as:

How to curl your hair with straighteners

How to do a fishtail plait

How to do a smokey eye

How to apply blusher


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