Throughout middle school—before I discovered the wonder that is the straightener—my hair stayed in a perpetual state of nope. I woke up 10 minutes before I had to leave the house, threw my hair up on top of my head into what my friends affectionately called a “schlopp,” and picked out a matching Juicy Couture tracksuit because I was the worst. And even though I’ve come a long way since 2004—even occasionally going so far as to actually blow-dry sometimes—I’m still just as lazy most days.
Good news, though: The messy bun is officially a Thing. There’s a time and place for sleek hair (the CFDA red carpet was one of them, apparently), but if you’re going for IDGAF—and really, who isn’t this time of year?—an unfussy knot is the way to go. Don’t confuse unfussy with sloppy, though: Think Gigi Hadid on a Starbucks run, not a post–SoulCycle Britney Spears.
“It breaks the rules, but in a flirty way,” says Matt Fugate, a stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in New York City who works with celebs such as Karlie Kloss and Bebe Rexha. “A perfect bun can look stoic, but messy buns have a carefreeness to them that can toughen a look.”
To nail the style with minimal effort, rake some texturizing spray throughout your hair (Serge Normant Dream Big Dry Texturizer and Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray are two favorites), finish your ends with an oil (Fugate recommends Kerastase Elixir Ultime Spray), and throw it up, letting some pieces fall as they may. Bonus points if you can slide in a modern hair accessory, such as the new Jen Atkin x Chloe and Isabel metal hair combs or circle clips.
Ahead, 17 messy-bun hairstyles for when you can’t be bothered to break out the heat tools—so, like, now until September.