30 Gorgeous Messy Buns You Only Wish You Could Pull Off

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Messy buns are like the unicorns of the hair world: impossibly pretty, mesmerizing, and 100 percent mythical. OK, sure they exist, but have you ever actually seen a topknot in real life with your own two eyes? These perfectly imperfect buns seem to exist only in the space between your Instagram feed and Pinterest, bobbling precariously on the heads of girls who look effortlessly chill at all times.

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And though we’ve fully (alright, almost) accepted the fact that we will never master such perfection on our own without growing a foot of hair or an extra arm, we will still gladly stare at photo after photo of the mysterious magic, just to appreciate its existence.

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So we present to you some of the best messy topknots for major hair inspo—and maybe a little bit of envy, too.

A version of this article was originally published in September 2016.

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Eat 🦄 sh*t

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Eat 🦄 sh*t

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i'm into it😼

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The messy bun is the greatest creation of all time

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The messy bun is the greatest creation of all time

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풍성한 한가위 보내세요❤️

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workin that 🔝➰

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workin that 🔝➰

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When the bun life is out of control.

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When the bun life is out of control.

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Bun so hard nappy hair wanna fine me.

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Bun so hard nappy hair wanna fine me.

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Fun bun® on someone other than me. 💕 {📸 @lastyoni} #KristinEssHair

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Fun bun® on someone other than me. 💕 {📸 @lastyoni} #KristinEssHair

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Mid week hair. Happy hump day 🐪💛#wednesday #hair

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Mid week hair. Happy hump day 🐪💛#wednesday #hair

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Give Em the face. I have no idea why this picture came out cloudy.

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Give Em the face. I have no idea why this picture came out cloudy.

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An elegant twist on a top knot by @sadiejcre8s! #beautylaunchpad

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An elegant twist on a top knot by @sadiejcre8s! #beautylaunchpad

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love that picasso guy!

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love that picasso guy!

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🌸🌸🌸 #bun #girl #ballet #messybun #carmentop #petite #brunette

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🌸🌸🌸 #bun #girl #ballet #messybun #carmentop #petite #brunette

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Messy hair, dont care - it's the weeekeend ☀️ ...naja fast 😜

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Messy hair, dont care - it's the weeekeend ☀️ ...naja fast 😜

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