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What do you do when your hair stylist cancels on you last minute or you get invited to an event where you need your hair done, but had no time to book a professional? You do it yourself! Today I’m teaching you ladies an easy messy bun/up-do that you can do quickly and still look like you had a professional work their magic.
I no longer have my hair extensions in, so I thought this was be a good time to do a post on styling an up-do with “normal” hair. I have had to do my own hair for events or weddings 4 times now, and every time I have went with something similar to this style. When I’m doing any kind of formal hair styling on myself or someone who doesn’t have extensions or very long and thick hair, I’ll make sure to use one of THESE as my base. This little trick will make your life so much easier, and your hair style so much more full looking. They come in blonde, brown, and black colors as well as small to large sizes. You can find more on Amazon. Once you secure this bun in with Bobby pins, next you start your curling. I section off my hair and do about 2″ worth of hair at a time with my curling iron. This way you have tighter curls that look better when trying to put up in a style vs loose messy waves when you want to keep your hair down.
After I have curled all of my hair, I will clip 80% of it up loosely, and then start pinning the lower portions into the bun. This is where I will work mainly off of “feels” rather than seeing what I’m doing. Most of these strands of hair won’t be seen since all the rest of your hair will be styled over these. As you are pinning each strand, try and twist it some so that it really shows definition instead of being flat. As you can see in the picture below, I am about 80% done pinning my strands. The piece I have in my hand, I have already twisted some, and now I’m pulling a little bit of hair all along the length of this strand to give it more of a “messy” look. I start about 3/4 of the way up and pull it out all the way to the bottom. After I have done this trick, I will pin it in. And continue to do this on the last 10-20% of the remaining hair that hasn’t been pinned yet.
Use your hand mirror periodically while pinning to see where you need more coverage or if you have a gap anywhere. Don’t worry if you get almost done and feel like you have an area that doesn’t look good or is sparse. This hairstyle is suppose to be messy, and if you need to pull a couple pieces out and move them, that’s okay! I do that all the time when I’m doing this style on clients. I always say I just “Pin it until it looks good!” Lol.
When all of my hair is up, I’ll use my mirror to see any spots that need to be touched up. I will also now pull out a couple “whispies” as I call them.. around my face to frame it. I like have strands loosely around my face/ears to complete the look so that the front of my hair isn’t styled tight, and too “fixed”, then have the rest looking messy. These strands may need to be touched up for a second with the curling iron, or you may prefer to keep them a little straighter. Either way is fine.
Using your favorite hairspray, lightly mist all over to keep your style just like you have it now. If you’re styling this for a special occasion, you could always add in a cute hair band or flower clip to really make it look like you just stepped out of the salon!I hope this gives you a little inspiration to try some simple hair styles at home that you normally wouldn’t attempt.
Practice makes perfect, so don’t give up the first time you try! Thanks for reading!