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Monday, August 4, 2014

Messy Bun Tutorial for Long or Short Hair

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I'd like to preface this post by saying that I filmed this tutorial last year—the day before I whacked off 12-inches and donated my hair to charity. Looking back, I don't regret my decision to opt for a shorter 'do one bit, though this does make me miss my longer hair.

This messy bun is my go-to look for 2nd (or 3rd or 4th!) day hair. Though my hair is currently shoulder-length, I can still do a bun like this—I just have to modify the steps a little. My favorite part about this look? That it's a messy bun—it doesn't have to be perfect and will look different each time you do it.

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Make a little bun
  2. Double the bun
  3. Twist and tuck loose ends into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug bun to add volume
  5. Secure loose & floppy bun pieces with bobby pins
  6. Pull & tug crown to add volume
If you're trying this look on shorter hair, that's no problem! When you make your bun, skip step 2. Instead, twist and tuck the loose ends into your hair tie above your bun, creating what looks like a mini bun on top. It will give that "double bun" effect. And then, just like in the tutorial, pull & tug to add volume and secure loose pieces in place. I used this same method to create this bun and this bun on my much shorter hair.



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  3. There are a lot of sock buns in the military, it's a pretty go-to look for the uniform. I've heard it ruins your hair though, not for sure...

  4. Hi Kim! I'm in the military now... and yes, each time I'm in uniform, I'm wearing a sock bun. It's the only way to keep my shorter hair up! I use a little foam donut now, and it works great. The only thing that could mess up your hair with it is how extremely tight you have to pull it :)


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