Need a new hair regimen?
Need a new hair regimen?

Tutorial: How To Create a Messy Bun On Long Hair

Need a quick hairstyle? Learn how to nail the messy bun in minutes.

The messy bun, an accidental hairstyle that has suddenly become quite the stylish ‘do. Whether as a look that you want to create over the weekend or to incorporate into the office, we adore how it lets your face shine while showcasing a fun. And major hair bonus: it’s really easy to create! Basically, all you have to do is wrap your hair into a bun quickly and effortlessly.

These days, creating a messy bun actually takes some time (and effort!), especially if you have long hair. You see it needs to be done in a way that the disheveled part of the bun also exudes a classy vibe. Want to create a messy bun on your long hair? Or just having a bad hair day and need a quick style? To create this look for yourself, check out our easy messy bun tutorial for long hair that you can master in minutes.

Messy Bun On Long Hair 

Step 1

Wash and prepare for styling.

Since the goal is to end up with a messy looking finish, wash hair with a hair care system that provides volume. Wash hair with Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo followed by Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner. Brush clean hair to remove any tangles, if needed. Don’t brush too much, you want to keep some texture in your strands for the messy effect.



messy bun on long hair


Step 2

Pull hair up

Pull hair up to the center of your crown or wherever you want your messy bun to be placed.

creating messy bun on long hair



Step 3

Secure with hair tie

Split the ponytail into two, right down the middle.

long hair ponytail for messy bun



Step 4

The Hack: A hair elastic

Here’s the trick! Slide an elastic hair band over the center of your ponytail to create a hidden bun. You will use this hidden gem as the base for your messy bun.

Rubber band on long hair to create messy bun


Step 5


Fasten your bun in place. You can pull some hair out to make a bigger bun— great trick if you have long hair that’s thin and want your bun to look full.



long hair messy bun secure in place
Step 6

Now continue creating your bun

Your hair should now look like this.

long hair messy bun


Step 7

Wrap it up

Take loose ends and wrap around the bun and secure with hairpins.


Long hair wrapped into a bun


Step 8

Keep your mess in one place.

We know, it’s a messy bun. However, you don’t want things to go haywire during the day especially if it’s windy. Set it in place with Nexxus Styling Maxximum Finishing Mist.




Spray long hair with hairspray to finish messy bun
Step 8

Finished product

There you have it! Your effort-full —because most amazing hairstyles require more work— messy bun!

best long hairstyles bun

How was this messy bun tutorial for you?

Need a new hair regimen?


Prev Article
Next Article
Need a new hair regimen?
Decoration image
Decoration image
Hair Quiz
All Things Hair
All Things Hair US
Need some style inspo? Let's chat! I'm Athena, your personal Hair Assistant.
Chat with All Things Hair in Messenger