The messy bun is a dishevelled chignon, tangled up neatly with a hairband. This messy bun is one of the trendiest hairstyles and is nonchalant and very comfortable. How to do a messy bun?
What is the messy bun?
The messy bun is a hairstyle that, until recently, women only wore at home. But now the messy bun has made its way to the streets! This hairstyle suits every hair style and type. No matter if your hair is fine or thick, straight or curly, the messy bun always looks great as the messy bun can be tied at the top, middle or side of the head. Most importantly, it takes no longer than a few minutes to create.
The messy bun was all the rage about two years ago. However, it's still very much in fashion and has since seen its own alternative version, the samurai bun. This hairstyle looks like it's been done by hand and although it's the most common choice for the home, a lot of girls also opt for it for outdoors too. The problem with this hairstyle is that it's not always 'perfect'. Usually, when we're trying to make this messy chignon look good and ready to show the world, things start to go wrong...
It's also time to bin the idea that every chignon requires a lot of work and is only suitable for certain occasions. The messy bun is good for everything: on a date, at the cinema, out with friends, school run or any other event.
The messy bun looks best when made with long hair. But what if you want a messy bun but your hair lacks length and volume? The best way is with human hair extensions.
It is important to take good care of your hair extensions so that they will stay beautiful for a long time. It is therefore advisable to buy professional hair care accessories, such as pin tail comb and hair extension brush.
Messy bun – a short story
Did you know that men also used to wear buns in various forms? They first appeared in Europe for women in ancient Greece. Coiled at the base of the neck and adorned with jewels, it was a status symbol for married women, who were no longer allowed to wear their hair down.
The same applied in China, where loose hair was no longer acceptable from the age of 15. An entire hairdo ceremony was then performed. The hair pinned up on top of the head signified that the girl was ready for marriage.
The high updo appeared in Europe during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century. This bun was worn by ballerinas, practitioners of the art which became popular at the time. They still do it today.
And gentlemen? In ancient India, a bun on top of the head meant a wise man. This is because, according to Indian Ayurvedic philosophy, hair is part of the body's energy system. By tying it up in a knot, the chignon was designed to help absorb this energy from nature.
You have probably seen the famous ponytails and buns of the Japanese samurai. They are the origin of the mandatory hairstyle for sumo (Japanese wrestling) athletes. When a sumo player finishes his sports career, he cuts his hair off in a ceremonial ceremony. As you can see the messy bun has a remarkable history!
The messy bun - which face shape is it best suited to?
Like all chignons, the messy bun reveals your face and with it any imperfections. There are so many variations to choose from that there's no doubt you'll find a style to suit you. High foreheads can be covered up with seemingly unruly pieces of hair, which you let slip out of the bun.
The same goes for your ears. Do you prefer to cover them up? No problem, let a few small strands fall to the side and you're all set. After all, our bun is just meant to be messy, right?
One thing that sets the messy bun apart from other chignons is where to put it. The messy bun is only done up high, either on the top of your head or very high up at the back.
If you've got a straight face and want to wear your hair up in a bun, consider other versions of this style. In your case, a bun at about the same height as you usually wear your hair in a ponytail would work better.
Quick messy bun for long hair
How to do it? All chignons follow one basic principle: you tie up your hair and then braid, twist or wrap it around your head. A chignon placed in this position will give your face some roundness, especially if you let your imagination run free and do not pull your hair very tightly.
Messy bun for medium hair - step by step
As mentioned above, we start by deciding whether to comb our hair. Then we decide if we need any cosmetic help: mousse or spray. After these preparations, we strategically grab a hair band and tie the hair into a ponytail.
The easiest way to create any kind of chignon, including our messy bun, is to wrap your hair around the ponytail and secure the end with a pin. For medium-length hair, secure the bun with another hair band. Finally, the gathered hair needs to be lightly brushed to make the bun look as untidy as possible.
Curly hair can be added to the chignon by pulling out a few strands and letting them loose. This is a change from the classic curls that fall slightly in front of the face.
If your hair is just starting to look medium sized, you can tease it a little after tying it up. Then roll up your hair in separate strands and secure with a hair band. Remember that a hair band can also be part of your hairstyle. Wide, coloured or patterned hair bands are best for this purpose. These accessories are made of different materials.
The most popular is satin, which is used to make smooth, shiny and durable ribbons that end with an elastic band. Velvet, on the other hand, is more pleasant to the touch and perfectly suits "heavier" jewellery. Subtle and thinner bands are made of capron. It is a material created from a combination of linen with a flocked finish and satin. Solid elastics are often made from silk. They are characterised by their small size. The main focus here is on functionality and they are unlikely to be a decoration for your hairstyle. This is where rubber bands with different patterns are better suited. Particularly fashionable are double-sided decorative elastics, which are decorated with geometrical patterns or timeless floral motifs.
A variation on the pinned up look is to use styling mousse and then crunch your hair in any way you like before securing it, giving a dishevelled effect.
High Messy Bun Hairstyles - step by step
You can also separate your hair into strands and intertwine them as you like, although you may not want to braid them. Loops, through which you thread other strands, are a much better option.
For those strands that have become too messy for your liking, you can always secure them with a bobby pin. Just remember not to overdo it with the number of bobby pins you use.
As an intermediate option, divide the hair into five or six strands and wrap each strand in turn around the base of your ponytail. Consider pulling a few pieces out of the bun on purpose to keep it looking messy.
Finally, there's the option for women who like to accessorise their hair. We've already talked about the possibilities of wide, colourful hair bands. You can also incorporate a scarf or bandana into your hairstyle.
Low bun for long hair
The first step is to comb and smooth your hair (using a flat iron for example). On both sides, take a medium-sized section of hair from the front and carefully tie the remaining hair into a low ponytail in the back of your head. This should be just above the nape of the neck.
The next step is a sort of reconstruction of the ponytail. Twist the remaining hair in the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail band. The ends of the hair are then secured with bobby pins, which are placed at an angle to make them less visible. If you want to strengthen the chignon, use crosswise placed bobby pins. This ensures that they won't slip out.
The next step is to take the remaining hair strands at the front to finish the look. Smooth each strand individually and pull it back into the low chignon. Starting at the top of the chignon, twist a strand of hair in the opposite direction. Once you've wrapped your hair, tuck it underneath to make the seam as inconspicuous as possible.
Finally, fix the hairstyle in place using hairspray. And there you have it! The low chignon looks very cute and elegant.
The first way to create a messy bun:
- Tie your hair into a ponytail on top of your head
- Divide your hair into strands and backcomb each strand slightly
- Wrap the hair around a scrunchy (if any strands fall out, secure these with bobby pins);
- Secure the end of the ponytail with bobby pins and you're done!
The second way to make a messy bun:
- The hair is tied up in a ponytail on top of the head
- Twist the ponytail around its base
- Wrap the twisted hair around an hair band and secure it with hairpins or another hair band;
- Finally, pull out individual strands to create an artistic messy bun.
The third messy bun style is for women with long hair:
- The hair should be well combed and teased at the roots;
- Then tie your hair into a low ponytail
- It's a good idea to pull out individual strands of hair from the teased top section to create a tousled effect
- Backcomb the ponytail to make it more flexible and fluffy;
- Then wrap it around its base
- Secure the chignon with bobby pins