How to Do a Low Side Messy Bun

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How to Do a Low Side Messy Bun
Learn how to create a low side messy bun at home. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

If you're looking for a hairstyle that's chic and trendy, the low side messy bun is the way to go. The look has been seen on the red carpet on tons of celebrities and fashionistas. It might look incredibly complicated to create but actually is pretty easy to do yourself at home. So if you want to rock the look, ditch your stylist and learn how to create a low side messy bun at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Apply a dime-sized amount of straightening gel to freshly-washed towel-dried hair. Distribute it evenly throughout your hair.

  2. 2

    Blow dry hair under medium heat, using a paddle brush to get hair extra sleek and shiny. Hair gets straighter if you dry it in sections instead of all at once.

  3. 3

    Pull hair into a loose ponytail at the nape of your neck on either side you prefer. Secure it with an elastic band. Twist hair loosely until it naturally falls into a bun. Secure bun with as many hair clips as needed.

  4. 4

    Run your fingers through your hair to loosen it. You want your bun to look messy, but not slovenly. Continue to work fingers through hair until you create your ideal look. If you have fringe, keep them loose on the forehead.

  5. 5

    Finish off with a slight mist of hairspray to keep locks intact. If you want to dress up your look, a headband, or embellished hair clip looks incredibly chic.

  6. 6

    Create curls. If you want something more romantic and pretty, curl your hair throughout with a large barrel curling iron after it's blow dried. Follow all the steps for creating a low side bun. Your hair will still look deliberately messy but a bit more elegant.

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