Get the messy bun look

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A messy bun is such a versatile up-do, and can look sophisticated or relaxed to suit the occasion. Either way, it always looks glamorous. Here’s how to get this feminine and sophisticated look:

Vanessa Hudgens’s hair looks gorgeously feminine. Follow our easy steps to your own messy bun.

1. Give your hair a light spray with hairspray to give it a little bit more body and grip.

2. Gently tease your hair, close to the roots, with a large paddle brush.

3. Divide your hair into three equal panels. Take the middle back panel, twist the hair and wrap it into a tight bun. Secure with hairpins or slides.

4. Take one of the other sides and wrap it over the top of the already clipped bun. Clip that panel into place.

5. Wrap the remaining panel under the bun and secure, leaving pieces hanging loose that the back and over the ears.

6. Spray with hairspray and voila! An elegant and sexy look that can last you through all those summer parties.

Top tip: If you want a funkier look, ask your hairstylist to cut your hair into a blunt Cleopatra fringe. A fringe can really complement the messy bun look.

Written by

Susan Newham-Blake has worked in the magazine industry for 12 years on titles such as Woman’s Value and Femina. She is currently the editor of Clicks ClubCard magazine and spends lots of time testing beauty products and writing about beauty trends.

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  1. TJK

    Now this is a bun I can do! Yay for curls

    5 years ago •

  1. Melisha Moodley

    I love messy buns. I used to wear my hair up in a bun almost everyday until I decided I needed a change and cut a my hair into a bob.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love this look, so romantic and whimsical

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    This is awesome advice! Can’t wait to try it!

    6 years ago •

  1. Nadine

    This sounds easy enough to try – thank you for the instructions.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Will give it a try, my hair doesn’t keep a curl even, don’t even talk about buns.

    7 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Thanks for the tip! Love this look

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Love the ‘messy look’ bun!

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Ohhh i see! So,thats how you do it! Okay okay!
    Im goin to try that with my fine hair i hope it works… Clips and bobby pins doesnt work on my hair though..

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    It’s time like these I wish I had long hair!

    7 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Beautiful and natural! Love it :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Smal

    Stunning! Thanks for the great article. I will be trying this on the weekend!

    7 years ago •

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