The Low-Maintenance Low-Bun


how to messy low bun hair tutorial

It’s a wonderful time to be a lazy woman with unmanageable hair right now, because messy, no-effort styles are totally in. And my current favorite of all those undone styles is the low-maintenance low-bun. You can be rushing out the door with 5 minutes to spare, and get your hair looking effortlessly chic (honest – the styles below take 5 minutes or less). Also – as a lady with finer hair, I know the struggles of seeing awesome hair ideas on Pinterest and then attempting them at home and watching the inspiration turn flat. I’ve written instructions for you with that in mind – anyone (with long enough hair) can pull off these 3 messy bun looks!

The first look:

how to messy bun pull through knot hair tutorial

“The Pull-Through Knot” Messy Bun:

  1. Part your hair in the center or just off-center and use your fingers to tease your scalp and hair (tip: flip your head upside down and shake you hair around with your fingers).
  2. Gather your hair gently at the nape of your neck and twist into a pull-through knot (actually pull a knot using your hair like a string). It’s ok if it’s messy and pieces are coming out – don’t worry about it looking perfect, that’s the point!
  3. Start bobby-pinning your life away. This style using NO ponytail holder – so secure the sides of the bun and stray pieces you do not like with bobby pins.
  4. Use your fingers to tease the roots of your hair around your part, even pulling out a few pieces to tuck behind the ear if you have shorter layers.

 

clumsy ballerina messy low bun hair tutorial

The “Clumsy Ballerina” Messy Bun

  1. Part your hair in the center or just off-center and use your fingers to tease your scalp and hair (tip: flip your head upside down and shake you hair around with your fingers).
  2. Gather your hair gently at the nape of your neck and secure with a thin ponytail holder. After secured, pull chunks of hair from around the secured ponytail to messy-up your pony.
  3. Separate your pony into 2 sections and start teasing each section so it gets huge and gross, kinda like a big ol’ dreadlock.
  4. Twist one of the teased sections loosely around the ponytail holder and secure with bobby pins. Do the same with the other teased section, wrapping it the other way around the ponytail holder and securing with bobby pins.
  5. If your bun is too tight or perfect, pull chunks of hair out so they “puff-up” the bun.
  6. Use your fingers to tease the roots of your hair around your part, even pulling out a few pieces to tuck behind the ear if you have shorter layers.

 

put together mess messy bun hair how to

The “Put-Together Mess” Messy Bun

  1. Part your hair in the center or just off-center and use your fingers to tease your scalp and hair (tip: flip your head upside down and shake you hair around with your fingers).
  2. Gather your hair gently at the nape of your neck and fold your hair in half to make a loop. Secure the loop-bun with a thin ponytail holder, leave the ends of your hair sticking out.  (tip: you can tease your hair before pulling it into this loop-bun for more volume)
  3. Time to mess up your loop-bun. Pull pieces out, fluff it up, pull chunks of hair from around the base of the ponytail holder. Do whatever you need to do to make it look effortlessly messy.
  4. Use bobby pins to secure any undesired floating pieces or chunks of hair around the bun.
  5. Use your fingers to tease the roots of your hair around your part, even pulling out a few pieces to tuck behind the ear if you have shorter layers.
Hairstyle images borrowed from the following sites, respectively: http://amaturecouture.com | http://laurenconrad.com | http://lacooletchic.tumblr.com | The Chic Curve reserves no rights to the hairstyle photos mentioned above.

xoxo

Natasha

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  1. jenny rose says:

    The clumsy ballerina is so effortless yet so chic. I could see myself wearing it with a dozen different outfits, I love it.

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  2. Mason Moore says:

    Would you allow me to submit this on my twitter?

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  3. Julia says:

    The third one doesn’t work for long hair – it just goes saggy. the first one also doesn’t work for long hair – it just looks like a pony tail

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    • Natasha says:

      Julia -

      Thanks for your feedback! Sorry those styles don’t work for you. I have medium-long length hair. Have you tried using some texturizing spray or pomade first, to give your hair some texture and hold? That way it won’t slip or sag through?

      Thanks,
      Natasha

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