Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Messy Bun Tutorial

Hey everyone! Just popping over with a quick hair tutorial. With the busy holiday season in full swing I haven't had a chance to really take the time to do my hair. I don't know about you but I have terrible static in the winter. It's instant and lasts the whole time. I find myself pulling it up more and more often, only to have the pony get just as static-y, if not worse. One day I was running seriously late for work and didn't have the time to mess with it. And out of that came one of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite) go-to hairstyles. I've had a few people ask me how I did it, so I thought a tutorial would be the best way to go. I've tried just explaining it, but there's something about those photos that really put it all into perspective.

Messy Bun

 Tools needed:
dry shampoo
teasing comb
2 pony tails
bobby pins (as many as you need. it varies each time for me) 

Step 1: Start with second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. day hair. The dirtier the better I think. Pretty sure mine was at fourth day hair here. It also works best on wavy or curly hair. I have not tried it on straight hair but I imagine it would be pretty difficult. Once you get going, you'll see why.

Step 2: Dry Shampoo. Life changer. Spray the crap outta your hair. It gets rid of the oil and makes it easier for you to set your hair. Gives the bobby pins that extra hold.

Step 3: Teasing. I'm not going to go into a side tutorial on teasing. Mainly because I really have no idea how to do it properly. If you want to see a great tutorial, check it out here.

I tease the top layer.

And then the under and sides. 

After that I run my fingers slightly through it to break it up a bit. Just enough to smooth it out and cover up the "rats nest".

Step 4: First pony tail. It doesn't really matter what color it is. This pony tail will be completely hidden. I like to tuck the hair around my face behind my ears. You don't have to do this. I think this look would look great with bangs of any kind. I'm growing mine out and currently hate them, so pinned back is ideal for me.

Step 4.a: Whenever I pull my hair back I lose a lot of the volume. So I pull out a lot of the strands to kind of fake a bump. I get asked a lot if I have a "Bump-It" in my hair or if I tease it a whole heck of a lot. Answer is no. I pull my pony tail out. My bump is hollow.

I tend to exaggerate my bump when I wear this style. I think it adds more character to the look. It also gets rid of some of the hair, making the look more effortless.

Step 5: The second pony tail. I like to use a pony closer to my natural color. It doesn't often show, but on the off chance that it does, at least it's not white and sticking out.

Form a loose, messy bun with your hands. Don't worry about getting all of pieces into the pony. Some pieces hanging down is just fine. Loop the pony twice (or as many times as you need to for it to feel secure)

It will be different each time you do it.

Step 6: Pull on the bun, on both sides to loosen it up a bit more. You will later pin all the hair in place, so don't stress too much about it at this point. I try to make both sides even, so keep that in mind.

Step 7: Pin hair into place until you have the look you want. Sometimes I can get away with using 4 or 5 bobby pins and other times it takes closer to 10 or 15. 

I pin randomly. Sometimes I keep the loose pieces on the side they came from and other times I'll crisscross it. Like I've said, there is really no wrong way to do it.

Step 8. Hairspray. All over. 

That's it! It normally takes me 5 to 7 minutes to complete this style, start to finish. I love how simple it is, and how it looks like you took a lot of time to fix your hair. I think it's the kind of style that can me great for all different lengths as well.

I wore my hair like this for Christmas.

I really hope you try it out. And let me know how it turns out for you! If I get enough of a response, I'll do a video tutorial.

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  1. OMGOSH! How I wish you could have shown me how to do it when I was there! But I am going to try it...any pointers on the bangs?

    1. I would either pin them back if you could or style them as you usually do.

  2. I'm just stopping by from pinterest and I love this hairdo! Looks like it took a long time, but the fact it's quick & easy makes it even better!!


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