How to Style a Messy Bun

You throw your hair up before running errands, yes? This tousled knot is equally low-effort but looks oh so pulled-together.


Get a Grip.

Photo by Molly Cranna

To give freshly washed or slippery hair holding power and volume, spritz a texturizing spray, like Garnier De-Constructed Texture Tease Finishing Spray ($4.50,, from midlength to ends. If your hair is very fine, add in loose waves with a curling wand. This will help prevent the bun from falling out.


Do the Twist.

Gather hair at the nape of the neck (just as you would for a low ponytail), then twist counterclockwise until taut. Holding it tight so it doesn’t unravel, bring the end of the twist up to the middle of your head so it folds over on itself, forming a loop.


Hang Tight.

Anchor the loop with a few hairpins (which have a wider mouth than traditional bobbies) in a color that matches your hair. Slide them in on either side, leaving the ends loose. Try Goody Hold It Hairpins ($3 for 100, Pull out a few face-framing pieces.