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This Messy Knotted Bun is the Perfect Hairstyle for Thanksgiving

Effortless, messy, and put-together... who knew one hairstyle could have all three?

It’s almost time to eat all of the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes you could possibly want—which means, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! We’re already planning what hairstyle to show off during the holiday, and we’re sure you are too. While it may be a little intimidating trying to pick the perfect style, there’s absolutely no need to worry. This messy knotted bun really is the best go-to style for the occasion. It’s easy to do and looks put-together while still giving off that I-only-spent-10-minutes-on-my-hair vibe. Keep scrolling to learn how you can create this effortless updo yourself!

Create This Messy Knotted Bun for Thanksgiving

1. Gather Hair into a Low Ponytail

To start this style, begin by gathering all of your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your neck then secure with a hair tie. When gathering your hair, make sure to leave two pieces of hair out of the pony to frame your face. This will help create that effortless messy look.

2. Begin Knotting Hair to Create a Messy Knotted Bun

We know this sounds scary, but trust us, this won’t harm your hair at all. To start the knots, split your pony in half so you have two sections of hair. Begin tying the two sides together like you would when you tying your shoe, except you’re not making the bow. Keep repeating this spet until you run out of hair. Depending on the length of your hair, you may only need to do this once or twice, or you may be able to do it four times!

3. Wrap Hair Around Itself

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This style is the perfect effortless look for Thanksgiving!

Now that your hair is all knotted, it’s time to create the actual bun. To do this, begin by wrapping the knotted pony around itself like you would when making a regular bun. Once you’ve made your bun, secure it with some bobby pins. Since nobody likes a flyaway situation, make sure to tuck the ends of your hair underneath the bun when you’re bobby pinning it so nothing looks out of place. I mean, it is a messy style, but we’re going for the “cute-messy” look.

4. Lock Everything in Place

While this is a messy knotted bun, you want to ensure your style stays in place throughout the entire day. Use a few spritzes of hair spray to lock everything in place, but be careful, you don’t want to go overboard. We love a lightweight hair spray, like TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Texture Hold Level 1. This specific spray is one of our favorites because it gives you nice control without leaving your hair feeling stiff. Plus, it helps reduce the effects of humidity on our hair throughout the day.

5. Add Some Bling

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Use hair clips or pins to dress up your knotted bun!


This last step in completely optional, but we love adding accessories, like hair clips and fancy bobby pins to our hairstyles. I mean, this is Thanksgiving, after all, so you may want to dress up a little! Add a little extra flair to your messy knotted bun with some clips or bobby pins. We love pearl pins like this because it’s a unique touch to the style without being too dramatic.

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