In theory, the messy bun is the easiest updo to pull off (and especially convenient when you’re working with second day or post-workout hair). But the truth is, this enviable, I-didn’t-try-at-all style requires a little bit of skill, which totally depends on the length of your hair. We turned to three of our favorite YouTubers to get their step-by-step tips for perfecting the quintessential, romantic messy bun.
The Messy Bun: Short, Sweet, and Flyaway-Free
Creating a messy bun that looks thick and full on short hair might seem like an impossible task, but YouTuber Stephanie Kudlic shows us the tricks to make it happen. All you need is the Bumble and bumble. Thickening Hairspray, a ponytail, and some bobby pins to turn your short 'do into the perfect, voluminous messy bun.
The Messy Bun: Mid-length and Romantically Messy
More length means more options, which is why we love the three pulled-back styles YouTuber Kaylyn Nicholson spins through in this helpful tutorial. Our favorite? The Messy Topknot, which involves haphazardly gathering hair at the crown of the head, twisting into a bun, and securing with a hair tie.
The Messy Bun: Long and Voluminously Loose
If you have as much length as Birchbox staffer Kirby, use your hair to give your bun a voluminous boost. First, gather hair into a high ponytail, then twist it to create a loose bun by wrapping the hair around itself—it should resemble a cinnamon roll. After securing in place with a hair tie and strategically placed bobby pins, pull out sections of your bun to loosen.