We've Discovered the Easiest Way to Do a Messy Bun
If we could make a shrine to the messy bun, we would. Of all the hairstyles that have made our lives that little bit easier, the MB wins hands down. Not only does it require minimal effort, it somehow manages to make us look pulled together even when we’re not. There is one major caveat, however, and that is getting practiced at doing it. While your Instagram feed is probably filled with gorgeous pictures of cool girls with those just-thrown-together messy buns, we can guarantee they spent ages perfecting that skill. If you find yourself in such a predicament and can no longer bear the frustration of never getting yours quite right, then we have good news. We spoke to Luke Hersheson, John Frieda’s UK creative director, on how to get the look. Hint: Don’t overthink it.
Keep scrolling for a five-minute guide on how to do the ultimate messy bun.
1. Resist the urge to straighten.
“The messy bun is the imperfect, understated style—there’s nothing precise or ‘done’ about it—no brushes, tongs or styling tools needed. It’s the flyaways and rebelling baby hair that make this look—don’t smooth these.”
2. Add some texture.
“You want to create a lived-in look, so start by adding in texture using the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray (£7).”
3. Twist around the head.
Apply the beach spray liberally through the lengths, and then use your hands to gather and twist the hair at the crown of the head. Wrap the hair around itself until it forms a rough bun, and pin it in place using grips, such as Hersheson’s Get a Grip (£6).
4. Secure the hair but not too tight.
“Use enough grips to keep the hair secure without losing the style’s natural looseness.”
5. Love your flyaways.
“Finish by creating soft edges—pull a few loose hair strands from the nape of the neck and around the face. These flyaways are key to perfecting the look and owning it.”
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