13 Stunningly Easy DIY Messy Buns

Consider a messy bun one of life’s great ironies: When it comes to beauty, the most undone looks usually require the most effort. Take Meghan Markle, Duchess of the Messy Bun, for example. She waltzed into her wedding with a subtle face of makeup that said “I’m too cool to care” and a slightly less messy bun than usual. Well, we all know those looks took hours and countless products to create — the jig is up. Unfortunately, our struggle to master the perfect I-woke-up-like-this messy bun has also required a massive amount of effort (and many lost minutes). Usually, it’s either too messy and deflated, too ballerina-tight, or just wrong all together … until now. We found a fool-proof way to nail the perfect messy bun hairstyle

The best part about the messy bun is that it gives you the perfect I-just-got-up-and-I-look-this-awesome look in under 5 minutes! Read on to pick your favorite messy bun.

1. Messy Knot Bun

What You Need
  1. Comb
  2. Hair pins
  3. Elastic bands
  4. Hairspray
What To Do
  • Divide your hair into two sections. Hold them, so they look like two pigtails.
  • Tie both the sections in a knot.
  • Take an elastic band and tie it below the knot.
  • Divide the hair below the elastic band into two and tie it in another knot.
  • Tie another elastic band under this second knot.
  • The number of knots you need to tie depends on the length of your hair. If you have shoulder length hair, two knots should do. But if you have longer hair, you’ll need more knots.
  • Fold the knots up and pin them in place, leaving the ends out.
  • Tug the hair at the crown to add some volume at the top and make the hairdo look messier.
  • Finish off with a spritz of hairspray to set the do in place.

2. Messy Sock Bun

What Do You Need?
  1. Elastic bands
  2. Hair pins
  3. Donut band
What To Do
  1. Leaving out your bangs, tie your hair in a high ponytail using an elastic band.
  2. Insert the donut band at the base of the ponytail.
  3. Let your hair fall over the donut band. Arrange your hair, so it covers the band completely.
  4. Keep the covered hair in place by securing it with an elastic band.
  5. Twist the rest of your hair around the base of the bun and pin it in place.

3. Messy Wrap Around Bun

What You Need
  1. Elastic bands
  2. Hairpins
What To Do

4. Messy French Fishtail Bun

  1. Tie your hair in a mid-level ponytail, leaving out some hair in the front.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it loosely around the base, covering the elastic band. Make sure not to wrap the hair too tightly.
  3. Take another section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the previous section.
  4. Repeat the same until the entire ponytail has been wrapped into a bun.
  5. Sweep the front section of hair to one side (mimicking side-swept bangs). Comb it and wrap it around the base of the bun neatly. If you have short hair, you can pin this section just above the bun.
What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Take some hair from the front, slightly to one side. Divide it into two sections.
  2. Weave the two sections into a French fishtail braid.
  3. As you weave the braid, keep adding hair to it. Though the braid begins at the side, it will move towards the center of the crown.
  4. Pin the braid in place.
  5. Gather the rest of your hair, holding it in a high ponytail. Take an elastic band and pass your hair through it, but not completely.
  6. Twist the elastic band and bring it over to the other side. The top half of your hair should look like a bun.
  7. Take the lower half of your hair and wrap it around the bun.
  8. Pancake the bun to make it look bigger. Pin it at the sides.

5. Messy Double Knotted Bun

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
  • Comb or brush
  • Hairspray
What To Do
  1. Begin with washed and blow dried hair. Detangle your hair with a comb or brush.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Tie your hair in a low ponytail with an elastic band.
  4. Divide your ponytail into half, forming two sections: one on the right and one on the left.
  5. Tie both the sections in a knot. Make sure the knot is loose with some gap between it and the elastic band.
  6. Tie another knot under the first knot. If you have long hair, you can tie a few more knots.
  7. Secure both the knots by tying an elastic band under the second knot. This creates a knotted braid.
  8. Lift the knotted braid and roll it into a bun
  9. Secure the knotted bun with hair pins.
  10. Spritz on some hairspray to keep the hairdo intact for a few hours.

6. Messy Double Braid Bun

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
  • Hair bow
  • Hairspray
What To Do
  1. Tease some hair at the crown by backcombing it. Comb the top of this section to neaten it.
  2. Gather all your hair and tie it in a high ponytail, leaving out only your bangs.
  3. Divide the ponytail in two. Weave each section into a regular three-strand braid.
  4. Pancake the braids. Don’t try to smoothen down the stray hair as you want the hairdo to be messy.
  5. Take one braid and wrap it around the base of the ponytail.
  6. Pin it in place.
  7. Repeat the same with the other braid.
  8. Spritz on some hairspray to hold it in place.

7. Messy Flipped-In Bun

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Gather your hair and tie it in a high ponytail.
  2. Flip your hair over and pass it through the ponytail, just before the elastic band. Don’t pass it through completely.
  3. Wrap the lower half of the hair around the base of the bun and pin it in place.
  4. Pancake the bun.

8. Messy Low Side Bun

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Comb your hair to detangle it.
  2. Gather your hair and hold it to resemble a low side ponytail. Leave out some hair in the front.
  3. Using an elastic band, tie the upper half of your hair in a bun, leaving the lower half to hang loose. The bun has to look messy.
  4. Wrap and pin up the lower half of your hair under and around the bun, allowing the ends to hang loose.

9. Messy Braid Bun

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Comb your hair to detangle it. Part it how you generally do.
  2. Divide your hair into two sections.
  3. Weave each section into a loose braid. It can be a regular braid, a pull-through braid, or simple twists. Any braid works for this hairstyle.
  4. Align one braid along the hairline at the nape of your neck, so its end reaches the ear on the other side. Secure it in place using pins. If your hair is long, tuck the extra part within the aligned part of the braid.
  5. Repeat the same with the other braid.

10. Messy Braid Wrapped Bun

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
  • Sectioning clip
What To Do
  1. Tie your hair in a high ponytail, leaving out the hair closest to the hairline at the back of your head.
  2. Clip up the ponytailed hair. Divide the left out hair into half and weave each half into a braid.
  3. Wrap the ponytailed hair into a bun and pin it in place.
  4. Cross the braids over so that the left braid ends on the right side of the bun and vice versa. Pin the braids in place.

11. Messy Two-Minute Bun

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Tie all your hair in a low ponytail with an elastic band.
  2. Part your hair in half right above the elastic band to create a gap.
  3. Flip the ponytail up and pass it through this gap.
  4. Roll the tail of the ponytail upwards and pin it up over that gap.

12. Messy Double Flipped-In Bun

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Gather your hair in a low ponytail, leaving out some hair on the sides at the front.
  2. Flip the ponytail up and within itself right above the elastic band.
  3. Take the hair from both sides and tie it in a ponytail right over the first ponytail.
  4. Pass the second ponytail through the second ponytail right before the elastic band.
  5. Take all the hair in both the ponytails and tie their ends together with an elastic band.
  6. Flip the hair over and tuck the tied up ends within the first two ponytails. You can use pins to hold the bun in place.

13. Messy Double Dutch High Buns

What You Need
  • Elastic bands
  • Hair pins
What To Do
  1. Divide your hair in half from the front to the nape of your neck.
  2. Starting from the nape of your neck and moving upwards, weave the hair on the right side into a Dutch braid.
  3. Once you reach the crown, stop braiding your hair. Wrap the rest of your hair into a messy, loose bun. You can pancake your hair to make the bun look bigger.
  4. Repeat the same on the left side.

These are 13 easy and quick messy updos you can try out. I personally love the messy pouf bun. Which one is your favorite? Comment below and let me know!

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