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April 18, 2017

Easy 5 Minute Messy Updo Hairstyle Tutorial

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

Busy morning? No problem. This quick updo has you covered.


I just dyed my hair pink again using the method in my tutorial on how to get pastel pink hair using ion color brilliance dyes so I was eager to do a hair related post. Some days getting ready is really fun, and other days it’s a serious drag. When I just don’t feel like putting in the effort, but I still want to look like I tried, I revert to my go-to hairstyle–this easy 5 minute messy updo.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.




Because my hair is pretty thin, I’ll usually do this style the day after I’ve curled my hair. The leftover curls help the updo stay in place. But if you have thick hair, or even hair that is just more cooperative than mine, you’re probably good to go without curling. I have tried it on unstyled hair and it still works, but I just had to use more bobby pins. Which, speaking of bobby pins, that’s literally all you need to complete this hairstyle. No elastic hair ties, no teasing–nothing! That’s why I love this. It’s so easy but it looks like I went to a hair salon to get it done.

Instructions:

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

1. Gather all of your hair behind. You don’t need to put it in a ponytail or anything. Just move it to the back.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

2. While holding your hair back with one hand, pull a few pieces down in the front near your temples. We don’t want this to look sleek and clean. This is a tousled look!

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

3. Continue holding your hair back while using your other hand to flip the bottom up. 

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

4. Start to fold the bottom of your hair down. You’ll sort of be “wrapping” your left hand.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

5. Slide your left hand out and continue folding your hair in. 

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

6. While tucking, disperse your hair to the sides. If you keep tucking your hair all in one spot, you’ll notice that you end up with a bulge. To avoid this, roll and tuck your hair under while moving it from the center to the sides of your head.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

7. Keep rolling and tucking under until everything looks evenly distributed. You’re probably going to look a bit like George Washington at this point. Don’t freak out–it gets better. I promise.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

8. Start putting in bobby pins. Come at your hair from above with the bobby pins. You’ll want to push them down and hide them under your tucked hair. Put a bobby pin wherever your hair feels like it’s sticking out just a little too much or like it won’t hold on it’s own. In my case I put 1 on either side of my head, and 2 in the back for a total of 4.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

9. Once you’re all bobby pinned up, grab sections of your hair and pull them apart. Grab pieces at random from both underneath and on top and tug gently in the opposite direction. This is where we shift from tight George Washington rolls to soft, beautiful tousled tucks. Don’t be afraid to mess it up. Even if a few pieces fall out, it will just add to the look we’re going for.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

If you're pressed for time but still want to look cute, then try this super easy 5 minute messy updo hairstyle tutorial for that perfect tousled bun look.

That’s it. You’re done!

Now go rock your cute messy bun and watch the compliments roll in. No one has to know you only spent 5 minutes. You’re welcome!

 

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4 Comments

  • Justine

    I have super super long hair, I am going to try this out cos you look super cute, but do you have any tips for people who have hair down to their bum almost?

    January 12, 2018 at 4:44 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Justine,

      Hair that long will be much harder to style this way (because it is much heavier), but it can still be done! Here are a few tips to help:
      1. Curl your hair and scrunch with hairspray before you do this–even if it’s the day before. This will give the hairstyle something to grab on to since your hair won’t be slick.
      2. Use a LOT of bobby pins. You’re going to need them.
      3. On the topic of bobby pins, you may want to pin up sections of your hair earlier than I did in this tutorial. Even if you don’t have your hair exactly where you want it yet, just pin up one side while you work on the other. This will make your long hair easier to manage
      4. Don’t just use one bobby pin to secure a section of hair. Instead, criss cross 2 bobby pins in opposite directions
      5. Spray bobby pins with hairspray before putting them in. This helps to keep them in place.

      Obviously you don’t have to do all of these things, but hopefully at least one of these tips is helpful! Good luck and happy hairstyling <3

      January 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Mackenzie

    I Am Pretty Much Obsessed With This Hair Style, But My Hair Is Only Down To My Chest. Would This Still Work For Short-Ish Hair?? And If It Would, Do You Have Any Tips You Could Share? <3

    March 1, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Mackenzie,

      It will definitely still work if your hair is only down to your chest! If anything, I think it might make it even easier to do. Less hair=lighter=easier to hold up=less bobby pins.

      The only problem I see you potentially running into is having a few stray strands fall down that couldn’t make it in a pin. If you don’t like the way they look, use separate bobby pins just for those pieces. Or, as I always like to do, embrace them and go for that messy bun look!

      March 5, 2018 at 9:55 am Reply

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