A Hot Mess: The Messy Bun You’ll Want to Wear Everywhere

Victoria Moorhouse

From your 12-hour Netflix binge to a black-tie wedding, messy buns are appropriate for nearly every event. They’re also insanely practical for summer: As long as you have a handful of bobby pins, some texture spray, and these uncomplicated instructions, getting your hair off your neck couldn’t be easier. Just follow this 4-step guide by Judy McGuinness, Senior Stylist at Mizu Salon in New York City, to get a messy bun you’ll never want to take out.

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Photo by Tom Medvedich; Graphic Design by Candace Napier

Photo by Tom Medvedich; Graphic Design by Candace Napier

1. Apply a heat protectant spray to hair and then curl 1-inch sections.

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2. Tease hair at the crown of the head.

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3. Gather hair at the nape of your neck. Holding the hair with one hand, twist the lengths and wrap it in a circular shape to create the bun. Use bobby pins to secure.

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4. Hold the bun with one hand. Use your other hand to “pinch” sections of hair around the head. This will create volume, texture, and the desired undone look.

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