14 Messy Bun Hairstyles You'll Want to Try ASAP
Unless you have a short bob or a pixie cut, the warm weather is usually an indicator that it's time to consider adding a few updo styles into your rotation — and what's better than classic messy bun hairstyles? They'll keep your hair off your neck and out of your face, and everyone knows there's nothing worse than hair sticking to your skin when humidity strikes. While you can always go for a ponytail, braid, or even half-up, half-down style, we love the simplicity of a messy bun hairstyle.
The hairstyle trend offers a lot of versatility and can be worn for a variety of occasions, whether that's a wedding or a night in with friends. Despite having the word "messy" in the name, these styles look anything but unkempt. For a slightly more polished look, you can grab some gel, slick back your hair, and go for a low messy bun. On the other hand, a high messy bun is cute and flirty and can similarly be dressed up or down (just look at Pamela Anderson's style). Another reason to love this low-maintenance style: you can easily sweep hair up and out of the way without using any heat styling tools or a copious number of styling products. You can get away with a few flyaways here and there, drastically cutting down the time you spend standing in front of a mirror.
This updo can be achieved on all hair types, meaning you can find messy bun tutorials for all textures and lengths. To help you gather some hair-bun inspiration, keep scrolling to see messy buns for long hair, curly hair, and more.
Low Messy Bun
Opt for a low messy bun when you want to accentuate your facial features. Achieve this look by using a few bobby pins and some textured hair spray to keep everything in place. Toss on some statement earrings and a nude lipstick to pull this look together. For an in-depth explanation on how to get the look, check out our full tutorial.
Messy Bun For Long Hair
Long hair can be a challenge to style when you don't have a lot of time. Opt for this messy bun that rests right on the top of the head with a few loose pieces in the front to frame the face. It's great for those quick grocery store runs or movie nights on the couch. If you have trouble getting your messy bun to stay, check out this scrunchie hack.
Messy Bun For Curly Hair
Messy buns look amazing on curly hair thanks to the natural volume that the hair type lends. An updo like this puts your bouncy curls on full display. This one only requires putting your hair up in a high ponytail and then pinning down sections with bobby pins.
Easy Messy Bun
There's nothing we love more than an easy hairstyle. Give your hair a few twists, and watch it transform into a messy bun. Add a fun scrunchie around it to show your personality, and you're good to go. One of the easiest ways to keep a messy bun in place is using a bun twist. See the full tutorial here.
Messy Bun For Medium Hair
Looking for a wedding hairstyle? Opt for this loose messy bun for medium hair. It comes together with curls and a little volumizing hair spray. Start off with loose waves and sweep them into a low bun with a few bobby pins.
High Messy Bun
A classic high messy bun hairstyle for natural hair, this puff is super simple and ultra chic. Pull your hair high to the top of your head to really show off your features.
Messy Bun With Bangs
Whether you have curtain, blunt, or side-sweep bangs, they'll accent your messy bun perfectly, as seen here. Leave the bangs out in the front to frame the face and create more texture.
Messy Bun For Thin Hair
If you have thin hair, it can be difficult to create a messy bun, but using a hair doughnut (shown in this video) can help add volume. Simply pull your hair into a ponytail, put the doughnut around the base, wrap your hair around that, and you're done. Take a look at more hacks for fine hair here.
This ultra-messy bun features a lot of undone texture and wispy pieces around the face. It looks effortless and supercool while also being functional. To recreate it, pull your hair into a ponytail and then twist pieces and pin them down using U-shaped pins.
Messy Bun With a Claw Clip
The claw-clip trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so why not make it a part of your messy bun? Instead of using a traditional hair tie, grab one of these to hold your look together. It's perfect for a trip to the office or a night out.
Messy Bun With a Twist
Bobby pins will be your best friend when it comes to keeping this low messy bun in place. Notice how this style involves twisting the underside of the hair from front to back to keep it off the neck. It's a great look for warm months when hair tends to get sticky and frizzy.
Elevated Messy Bun
Messy buns don't always have to be messy. Take this intricate style for example, with tight curls, floral accents, and beaded chains. This look is suitable for a wedding or other special occasions.
Messy Bun With a Bow
Dress up your regular old messy bun by adding a bow or ribbon around the base. It's both functional and stylish. If you want to take your bow look up a notch, try the "underbow" trend.
Braided Messy Bun
This is a more elevated approach to a messy bun with a fishtail braid that extends into a low bun. It's designed to keep hair off of your shoulders and in place all day long. Check out our fishtail tutorial before trying this style out.