Ok so the messy bun is nothing new. It’s been a staple of the greasy-haired, short-of-time and generally unbothered for a while. Since Meghan Markle is all about the chic sort of messy bun, it’s now seen as something to actively encourage. As someone who works at home and spends 99% of my time wearing my husband’s t-shirts with my hair tied up, I am all about The Easy Messy Bun.
What your hair needs to achieve The Easy Messy Bun? Some grip. Freshly washed hair is fabulous (check here if you want that squeaky clean feeling) but for a bun we need something with a little more substance to it. I like the Noughty 1 Hit Wonder for two reasons – it leaves my hair looking a lot less frizzy and it makes hair easier to manipulate. It’s a co-wash cleansing conditioner, so it doesn’t lather up or leave hair feeling super clean. No, it doesn’t strip the hair at all and it leaves hair hydrated and smoother. Perfect for those who have curly/wavy hair that is a struggle to manage. Bonus points for taking less time as you don’t need to wait around for conditioner to do its thing.
I tend to go for The Easy Messy Bun when my hair is on the second/third (or fourth, don’t judge me) day as it just naturally messes up a bit easier. Plus it disguises any potential greasiness so it’s a double win. If your hair needs some extra texture, then I tend to reach for either dry shampoo (this one from IGK) or this one from Umberto Giannini. I’m thinking that the joy of the messy bun is that it can look dishevelled, and messy almost definitely equal chic here.
Don’t Overthink It
The secret to The Easy Messy Bun is definitely just going for it… overthinking it or over brushing it leads to it looking too ‘done’. My ultra professional secrets are that I don’t tend to look in the mirror when I tie my hair up. I know. I’m definitely not an expert in hair but not worrying about getting things perfect is the key here. Scooping hair up into a low bun and feeding strands through a band takes me two seconds. Then I look in a mirror (promise) and secure any rogue strands with kirby grips; the whole process should be as seamless as possible. Voila!
If you want things to look a bit neater, then tying things up first into a ponytail and then pulling and looping strands around before securing with kirby grips. This way is definitely easier when you have longer hair, too. As the last step, I always finish things off with a mist of hairspray to make sure everything stays in place as well.