We admit that we can sometimes come down a little too heavily on the ‘perfectionist’ side of things—but even the most Type A personality wants to relax on weekends. That’s why we love messy-chic hairstyles: they’re so gloriously #IWokeUpLikeThis, while still managing to look put together. And when you throw a bun into the mix? It’s very ballerina-on-her-day-off, and we love it.
We’ve put together the best collection of messily perfect buns to inspire your weekend hair game. Try one of these for brunch today, and prepare to feel way more glamorous (but in that totally effortless way).
Keep a sock bun from looking too ballerina-esque by pulling loose strands out below the ear and at the nape of the neck.
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Dress up a simple knot by twisting a section of hair at the hairline. So much faster than braiding.
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With a structured style like this, texture on top and within the bun makes it less fussy and more wearable. Add texture with a light-hold hairspray or texturizing spray.
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This thrown-up bun is perfect for pulling hair up when wet. Pin haphazardly throughout.
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A headband or hair wrap adds structure to a disheveled topknot.
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This one looks much harder than it is. French braid down both hairlines, knotting both braids together into a center bun.
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The perfect mix of messy and sleek. Use a pomade or light gel to pull the hair straight back into a high ponytail. Next wrap the hair flat around the elastic. Add texture with a rough hairspray.
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Add ribbon to a topknot. First pull the hair into a high ponytail. Then wrap a ribbon along the elastic, letting it show as you twist the hair around.
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This one's a bit more on the done side, but has loose pieces in front to soften the look. Braid the hair into two braids at the nape of the neck, twist each, and pin.
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