Easy Messy Bun

I think most people have an easy hairstyle that is kind of their go-to look for when they either don’t know what to do with their hair or don’t have time to do something more elaborate for the day.

My hair fix is almost always a messy bun since it’s fast, easy, and is a great way to hide that you didn’t have time (or were too lazy) to wash your hair recently.

There’s a simple trick to this one that a stylist showed me a few years ago that really adds more volume and texture to the bun, and I’ll show you how to do it too!

First start by sweeping your hair up into a high ponytail.

Start by teasing the roots of your ponytail (this is a great teasing brush) to help create more volume at the base.Separate your ponytail into two equal sections, and then continue to tease out the rest of each section.

Twist one of the sections lightly and wrap it around the base of your ponytail (depending on which direction you twist the section, it will lay better going clockwise or counter-clockwise around the base, so just check which direction looks better). Pin in place. Twist your second section of hair like you did with the first section.

Wrap that second section around the base the same direction as the first twist, and pin in place. Make sure to tuck in any loose ends with pins for a neater look, or you can leave them out a bit for a messier feel.

Finish your bun off with hairspray, and if you have little “baby hair” flyaways in the front like I do, you can spray some hairspray on a toddler toothbrush and use that to comb them back with the rest of your hair.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? The sectioning the hair into two twists combined with the teasing really helps to give the bun some volume and texture, and it’s messy enough to be an everyday thing, but also pretty enough that it could be a date night look like above (red lipstick optional but always fun!).

If you haven’t tried this bun trick before, give it a shot! Hope you love it too! xo. Laura

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Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Styling Assistant: Alexa Montgomery.
  • What pretty pictures! I’m horrible with hair, but I so want to try this.


  • Hey gals! So cute! I’m wondering if I can find a source on her brass wall sconce !?

  • that red lipstick looks amazing on you! I’m going to try this bun once my bangs finish growing out.

  • Definitely need to try this out. I’ve been struggling with styling my hair daily vs. wanting to chop it all off (almost down to my waist).

  • Thank you! I have always tried to make a bun without a bun cushion and it was flat and without any volume. I never thought about teasing the hair. I will try this tip.
    Have a fabulous week.
    Love, Esther

  • Is there any way to know where that amazing top is from?! The styling is adorable.

  • That looks amazing ! I don’t really know how to do a real bun so I hope this will work <3

  • So very beautiful. I love it & enjoying!
    Special thank abeautifulmess blog admin & all views.

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  • Such a fun look! i love creating a simple messy bun =o) thanks for the tips!


  • I’ve been looking for a fool proof method to the perfect top knot. Such a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.


  • This is my preferred hair bun technique!! I have tried to nail my bun look recently, and I think I’ve figured out why it isn’t working for me. The bun itself turns out just like the picture (yay!) BUT I have dark brown hair with very little variety in the hair itself. PLUS the hair on the top matches my hair in the bun so I don’t get the same stylish effect. I plan on getting a few highlights in my hair, which should help, so hopefully I will report back with great success and a happy hair bun!


  • That looks amazing ! I don’t really know how to do a real bun so I hope this will work <3


  • This is such a simple but chic style, I love it! Once my hair grows a bit longer I think I’ll be able to do it without pieces falling out from all sides. Have a wonderful weekend!


  • another messy bun queen here… so happy to still see these in blogs 😀 and laura looks SO GORGEOUS here!!! <3

  • Wow, it looks amazing! Now I want long hair again!

  • Great bun tips! I did a bun tutorial as well with some extra boost for fine hair http://bit.ly/2oV5oGC

  • Firstly, you look beautiful! And I dig this tutorial and gotta look into that teasing brush, but OMG where did you get that dress?! I have a thing for clothes with hands and faces on them!

    • Michelle,

      The shirt is my good friend Michelle’s design! Here is a link to her etsy, she has some really incredible things:

  • I love messy buns, they’re so easy to do and look so cute. I’ve never heard about the method you used though, and it looks really nice so I might have to try it out.

  • I’m going to try this way! Laura, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of you with red instead of pink lipstick! They are equally pretty on you!

  • This is the cutest messy bun ever! I’m really not that talented with my hair and can barely manage a decent ponytail most days. A messy bun is even harder for me. It just never comes out as cute.

  • I am the queen of messy buns, emphasis on messy. Since I try not to wash my hair every day, I love having an option that still looks professional, for work. This is adorable I’d love to add a small glitzy pin on the side for some sparkle and be on my way!


  • Thank you for this. I still can’t believe I don’t know how to do a bun…

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • I’ve been growing my hair out and FINALLY this spring I’m able do this! Now I just have to practice, practice, practice. I love the look <3

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