This Effortless Messy Bun Will Be Your Go-To Hairstyle On Your Busiest Days

Your hair shouldn't suffer just because you're busy. 

Let’s be real, we all have days when we have no time for hair styling. While our schedule may be jam-packed and our to-do list feels like it’s never-ending, there is no reason our hair should suffer. An effortless messy bun is the perfect go-to hairstyle for days like this. It keeps your hair out of your face, can be achieved in a matter of minutes, and it looks extremely cute too.

Completed effortless messy bun
The completed effortless messy bun look.

Prep for your effortless messy bun for perfection.

The key to achieving those effortless messy buns that flood our Instagram feed is texture. You want to start with textured hair for maximum hold and grip. Spray dry shampoo all over your hair.

We recommend spraying Bed Head by TiGi Oh Beehive! Dry Shampoo through your roots. This will soak up any oil and add sky-high volume to your hair.

Emphasize your texture.

If you already have textured hair that is slightly wavy or curly, emphasize that with a texturizing spray. We love Bed Head by TiGi Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray because the Balinese Salt gives your hair that beachy, wavy texture while providing your luscious locks with body for up to 24-hours.

If you have naturally straight or relaxed hair, add some loose curls to your hair. This will give your effortless messy texture better hold. Do this by wrapping pieces of hair around a 1-inch curling iron and then brushing your curls out before using the texture spray. If you’re going this route, make sure to use a heat protectant like TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray beforehand.

To save time in the morning, this step can be done the night before. Plus, doing it that way will give your hair a little messier look, perfect for this hairstyle!

Create the bun starting with a ponytail.

Gather all hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie. The height of your ponytail can be wherever you prefer, so show off the height you’re most comfortable with!

Once your ponytail is intact, wrap it around itself until you have a bun formed, and secure this with a hair tie. Next, pull out pieces of hair from the side that frame your face. This can be overgrown bangs, baby hair, or pieces of hair just above your ear.

Remember to finish with a hairspray.

Complete your messy bun with a hairspray like Nexxus Comb Thru Volume Finishing MistThis will ensure your style stays in place all day, but since it’s a lightweight mist, your hair will have flexible hold. Basically, you won’t be left with crunchy hair!

Love the messy bun but also adore sleek looks? Then check out any ATH fave – the swept-back ponytail. Read all about it below.

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