How to do a summer party-perfect messy bun

Jeanette | 12 May 2016
15 min Style Easy

Nail effortless sophistication with this easy, messy updo.

There’s lots to look forward to as the weather gets warmer. We know that for many of you, the advent of summer means longer days, balmier nights and, hopefully, lots of alfresco gatherings, too. Which is why we’ve put together the perfect summer party hair tutorial to help get you in the mood. Ladies, meet: the messy bun. What we love about this hairstyle is that it looks effortless, yet sophisticated, and therefore ideal for both casual get-togethers and more formal soirees. Read on for our step-by-step guide on how to create this uber versatile messy updo.

A summer party-perfect messy bun in 7 steps


Prep your hair.

Start by gently combing or brushing your hair to remove any knots or tangles, before using a heat protection spray to prep it for heated styling. The VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Spray (£3.99*) helps to guard your hair against excessive use of heat, and fights frizz and flyaways, leaving behind a sleeker and healthier-looking mane.






Divide your hair.

Divide your hair horizontally from your temples, ensuring that the bottom section is larger than the top. Clip the top section out of the way for now.



Curl your hair.

Start curling the bottom section of your hair using the Toni&Guy Glamour Jumbo Tong. Take 1-2 inches of hair and gently wrap it around the barrel to create a loose wave. Repeat this process until you’ve completed the entire section.




Twist and wrap.

After you’ve curled the bottom section of your tresses, gather it into a ponytail and gently twist the hair, wrapping it around itself to create your messy bun. Use some bobby pins to secure it in place.




Curl the front of your hair.

Now, let down the top section you pinned away earlier and create a side parting. Then, take 1-2 inches of hair and curl it using curling tongs, starting approximately mid-way down the hair shaft, or just below your temples.



Sweep and pin.

Once you’ve curled all your hair at the front, gently sweep it back and carefully pin in place, covering your ear and concealing the base of your messy bun. Use a few bobby pins to discreetly secure your tresses in place.




Final look.

Secure any strayed strands and finish with TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Creation Hairspray (£5.99*). Tip: keep layering the hairspray for a stronger hold that’s still flexible and touchable – and there you have it: a polished-looking, messy bun!



*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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