How To: Style your hair into a messy bun

Style your hair into a messy bun

This is no schoolmarm style. You'll instantly look chic with a messy bun.

You Will Need:

* Hair that hasn't been washed for 24 hours
* A brush
* Bobby pins in the color of your hair
* Hair spray
* Dry shampoo or hair mousse (optional)
* An elastic band (optional)

Step 1: Start with day-old hair
A messy bun tends to come undone if your hair is freshly washed, so try this trick on a no-shampoo day.
*Tip: Spraying hair with a dry shampoo, or adding some mousse and then blow-drying it, will give your hair the manageability of unwashed locks.

Step 2: Brush your hair back
Brush your hair to the back of your head and gather it into a ponytail in your hands.

Step 3: Twist the hair
Twist the ponytail around its own center, forming a loose bun.

Step 4: Anchor the bun
Anchor the bun with bobby pins in the same color as your hair, letting a few stray pieces slip out.
*Tip: For a really easy bun, gather hair into a ponytail, wrap an elastic band around it, twist the band, and then pull the tail partially through the second loop. Fan the ends out.

Step 5: Spray it
Spritz the bun with hair spray.

Step 6: Create wisps
Gently pull a few face-framing pieces out of the bun.

Fact: Princess Leia's famous hair buns in the movie Star Wars were influenced by hairstyles of the Hopi Indians.

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