Off-Duty Princess: A Chic Messy Bun Fit for Modern Royalty

A modern day princess-worthy off-duty style.

Gone are the days when royal etiquette meant wearing voluminous petticoats and styling intricate braids underneath a crown of jewels. The modern-day royal dress code is conscious of the passage of time and current trends in a way that’s both refreshing and inspiring. As British non-royals and Americans marry into the royal family, we’ve been blessed with an abundance of ultra chic and classy style inspiration—hair included, of course!

And while we’re all about the perfect blowout for a garden party with the queen or a more nuanced style for a formal event, there’s something to be said for off-duty princess styles too. The chic messy bun, in particular, is singlehandedly bringing back the off-the-cuff hairstyle reminiscent of our high school days. This polished variation on a classic style usually reserved for a Saturday run to the grocery store is the latest in royal-inspired style trends.

Curious how to turn your go-to day-off style into a chic messy bun? Read on:

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A chic messy bun fit for royalty.

It’s no surprise that a princess who started on the red carpet and then seamlessly joined the royal family would be a style icon from the start. The signature chic messy bun we’ve been seeing was polished enough to inspire a wedding hairstyle for the big day and is casual enough to work for those of us who have yet to find our own royal match.

It all starts with some volume at the crown of your head and a little bit of a refresher. We suggest Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Juicy Grapefruit Dry Shampoo to refresh second-day hair and give you a clean start. When you massage the product into your roots you’ll create some volume as you work the product in—make the most of that. The foundation of this style is all about easy textured volume.

Next up, you’ll want to gather your strands back into a low ponytail. Wrap the ponytail around the base of the style and use a hair tie to secure the look. Pin any loose ends into the base of the ponytail using bobby pins but be sure to leave some strands out for some intentional messiness.

Gently tug a few strands out of the bun to frame your face and to fully recreate the chic messy bun that truly is fit for a princess. Finish off your style with a mist of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1 to lock your look in place and add even more texture.