The messy bun with braid: A step-by-step tutorial by N1kk1sSecr3t

Want to up your mane game with a messy braid bun? Then step right this way, because we're going to show you how to get a messy braid updo in 8 simple steps!  

Looking to add interest to your messy bun? With braid looks constantly popping up on our radar, we’ve decide to combine these style staples into one incredible ‘do, just for you! But we haven’t just thrown together any ordinary messy braid updo, oh-no. Ahead, we’ve enlisted the help of beauty vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t to show you how to rock a messy braid bun like a pro!

So, what are you waiting for? Watch her video tutorial above, and read on for our messy plait bun step-by-step guide.

N1kk1sSecr3t’s messy braid bun step-by-step tutorial


Prep your hair.

Before starting your messy braid updo, you’ll need to prep your mane. With wavy hair, sprinkle some VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder over your roots and massage it in.

This nifty product will help give your strands added body and loads of texture.


Create a high ponytail.

Now gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hairband.


Separate your ponytail.

Take a small section of hair (approximately 2 inches-wide) from one side of your ponytail. You’ll use this section of hair to create your first braid in the next step!


Create two braids.

Separate the hair you sectioned in the previous step into 3 small sections, and create a classic 3-strand braid. Secure your plait with a clear hairband when you reach the end.

Then, take another 2 inch-wide section of hair from the opposite side of your ponytail and braid this, too.


Add some shine.

To help make your messy plait bun look shiny, spray your pony with the Toni&Guy Illuminating Hair PerfumeNot only will this help add a layer of shimmer, but it’ll also make your hair smell divine!


Create your bun.

Now it’s time to create your braided bun. Take all of the hair in your ponytail and carefully wrap it around the base to form a bun shape, ensuring that your braids are on show.

Once you’ve done this, pin it in place with some bobby pins that match the colour of your hair.


Tease your bun.

Go back in with the VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder and sprinkle some into your messy plait bun.

Then, using your fingers, gently massage the product in and tease your bun to make it appear fuller.


Set with hairspray.

To help lock your messy braid updo in place, spritz your hair with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Touchable Finish Hairspray. Trust us: your look will be virtually wobble-free!


Final look.

Et voila, your messy braid bun is complete. With its textured finish and on-trend hidden braids, this undone updo is a surefire crowd pleaser!


Loved this simple tutorial for a messy bun? With braid looks sometimes taking too long in the morning, we suggest seeing how N1kk1sSecr3t created a beautiful chignon that’s just perfect for all occasions! Trust us, it’ll take next to no time to create this uber chic ‘do.