Messy Buns That’ll Still Have You Looking Polished
Whether we’re talking busy weekdays and lazy weekends, our hair can quickly become the very bane of our beauty routine. Spending time on styling or—let’s be honest—just taming our locks to look presentable is touch-and-go at best. That’s when easy, low-maintenance hairstyles and dry shampoo come in. For us, messy buns are the saviors of all days running late or skipping showers. The trick is perfecting the “undone done” look without going too disheveled or slipshod. But unlike the paradoxical reality of beachy waves, which actually require a laundry list of products and hot styling tools (and no beaches in sight), messy buns don’t have to be a 12-step process. You can master the messy, yet polished bun in steps you can count on just one hand and with just a few elastics or pins. Cute hair accessories—bun cuffs, pins, and headbands—are the quickest way to ramp up the style of a basic messy bun in seconds, and the messy bun has even been revamped to be royal after Meghan Markle stepped out publicly with Prince Harry rocking a low messy bun pumped with volume and framed with loose pieces around the face. Find inspiration in these gorgeous and doable messy bun hairstyles that keep you looking pretty and polished on any day.
Two-Minute Braided Bun
Double Dutch Braided Topknot
We love the way the braid sits so prettily on top of a Dutch braid, as opposed to a French braid. These double Dutch braids make any messy bun, topknot or low bun, look awesome. You can secure the two braids with clear elastics before pulling hair into a bun to make sure they don’t fall apart in the process!
This chic half bun works well for second-day hair with some dry shampoo to hold up the bun all day long. We recommend using pins for secure this to ensure it doesn’t lose volume or height.
Looped Ponytail Bun
This easy style looks effortless without looking drab, and it works great for ladies with naturally straight hair that can’t hold up a high bun as well as coarser, curlier hair. Simply secure hair in a low ponytail, loop the ends through the elastic once more (but only halfway), and then wrap a single section of the excess around the base, securing with a pin. Leaving some of the excess ponytail hanging out adds to the laidback feel of this look.
A pop of color is perfect for any last-minute topknot in the spring or summer, and a small silk scarf looks both poised and stylish. After securing the bun, wrap the scarf around it and tie. Find a similar scarf here.
Low Bun for Short Hair
French Braid Twist Bun
This best-selling bun cuff looks stunning on this low, messy French twist-esque bun. A bun cuff allows you play around with how you cinch and hold your hair, and this cuff works amazingly for buns, ponytails, and half-up styles. This style gathers hair into a loose twisted bun before securing. Get this bun cuff here at Chloe + Isabel.
The Perfectly Loose Low Bun
Reverse Braided Topknot
Double Headband Bun
The easiest way to make a second-day hair messy bun look completely intentional is by accessorizing with fun headbands! Ladies are doubling up two skinny headbands to put some extra volume and playfulness into an everyday hairstyle. Find cute skinny tortoiseshell headbands for this look here.
Pinned with Pearls
Any messy bun looks stylish and pre-planned when using a fun accessory, and nothing is classier than these pearl-like pins and ponytail holders from Chloe + Isabel. This bun uses a basic low twisting style, but secures with the ponytail duo in a pretty rose gold color. Get the ponytail holder duo here at Chloe + Isabel.
This bun is perfect for busy weekdays or lazy weekends. After adding some texturizing spray, secure hair in a low ponytail. Then, pull the ponytail through the elastic one last time, stopping a little short to create a loop. Twist the extra hair around the base and secure with pins. Finally, pull apart the gathered loop to create the loose, messy texture and fanned look.
Criss-Cross Braid Bun
Update your easy twisted low bun with two crossing braids. Start by separating two small sections of hair around the face, by the ears. Pull the rest of the hair back into a bun, then secure with an elastic. Braid both sections, moving back towards the bun. Secure each with bobby pins in the center, weaving them together to look uniform.
Silk Turban Topknot
Dallas-based style blogger, Courtney Kerr (pictured above), dubs this look her “good, bad hair day.” If even dry shampoo won’t cut it anymore, this easy topknot sealed with a pretty silk turban is her answer to looking stylish against all odds! Find a similar style here.
The Undone Bun
Dutch Braid Into a Messy Bun
Elegant Messy Bun
Messy Bun Baseball Cap
We just discovered that there are baseball caps made specifically for messy buns—ladies, rejoice! There’s an added cutout farther up that will fit your messy bun perfectly, letting you look casual chic any dirty-hair day. Get the messy bun baseball cap here.