Lazy Girls, Rejoice—25 Chic-Looking Messy Buns to Copy

We'll just come right out and say it. Messy buns are the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle. Name a more effortless-looking but elevated style to put your hair in—we'll wait.

Messy buns come in all different shapes and styles. There are the quintessential messy buns you're likely thinking of, where you pull unbrushed hair into a loose bun in three seconds flat, but there are also tons of more polished takes on the style that should be on your radar. Think slicked-back buns or knots with romantic, face-framing pieces. Below, we've rounded up our 25 favorites that we're immediately adding to our mood boards. 

Create a fun, unexpected style by adding two long, face-framing braids to your topknot. This style is easy enough to wear on a day running errands, but it could also be elevated with a smoky eye or a bright lip.

Messy bun: @nikkilee901

Photo:

@nikkilee901

When in doubt, add a bandana to keep things interesting. For a style like this, the messier the bun, the better—it will make you look effortlessly chic.

This look is half bun, half ponytail, and 100% sophisticated. Copy it yourself by pulling a ponytail into a half bun and adding plenty of statement gold hair accessories to keep it elevated.

Messy bun: @spicy.mayo

Photo:

@spicy.mayo

If you're sporting braids, pull half of them into a messy topknot, and keep the rest down for cool contrast.

Messy bun: @nikkilee901

Photo:

@nikkilee901

A simple bun at the nape of your neck can be taken to the next level by keeping the end pieces out for controlled messiness. 

Messy bun: @aysha.sow

Photo:

@aysha.sow

Ballerina buns are arguably the chicest hairstyle. Keep a neat twist in place by using plenty of bobby pins. 

Pile your hair on top of your head loosely for the ultimate messy bun. For a romantic twist, curl the front pieces of your hair and leave them down. 

Everyone loves a claw clip. While it might not give you a traditional bun, claw clips help you achieve a twisted, pulled-back style in a matter of seconds. Straighten a few face-framing pieces to take this look from day to night.

Messy bun: @joannacoops

Photo:

@joannacoops

Yes, you can pull off a messy bun if you have bangs. Style your bangs with a round brush, and pull the rest of your hair back in a loose mid-level bun. 

The trick to this bun is pulling small pieces out to give it interesting texture. 

Unsure how to make a simple, unassuming messy bun look interesting? Neon hair accessories are your ticket to cooler hair. Add them in with abandon for the best effect.

Slick back your hair before pulling it into a tight topknot for ultimate control.

A slicked-back low bun is one of the easiest hairstyles in the book for looking pulled-together in seconds. 

After pulling your hair into a haphazard topknot, style front pieces into loose waves to keep it sophisticated.

Messy bun: @joannacoops

Photo:

@joannacoops

For the ultimate cool-girl hair, slick back middle-parted strands and knot them into a tight bun.

We like Ouai Matte Pomade ($24).

Messy bun: @nikkilee901

Photo:

@nikkilee901

Middle-part your hair, and pull it back into a messy bun at the nape of your neck for a style that you can wear in any and every situation.

Messy bun: @nikkilee901

Photo:

@nikkilee901

Style your hair in a loose topknot, and keep a few sleek, relaxed pieces in the front. 

For a textured bun, spray hair with texture spray before pulling it back into a messy knot. 

Messy bun: @livpurvis

Photo:

@livpurvis

A bun with wispy side pieces goes with any and every outfit. 

Messy bun: @danishrolls

Photo:

@danishrolls

Did someone say sky-high bun? Count us in. 

Messy bun: @leletny

Photo:

@leletny

Double the bun makes for double the fun as far as we're concerned. These twin messy buns look bold while maintaining an effortless feel. 

Messy bun: @leletny

Photo:

@leletny

Make a messy topknot sweeter by adding a statement headband.

Messy bun: @leletny

Photo:

@leletny

A ponytail bun has never looked this chic. Sterling hair accessories help make this unassuming look seem high fashion.

Messy bun: @leletny

Photo:

@leletny

Twist half of your hair into a bun, and leave the rest out to achieve this relaxed style. Add plenty of delicate hair accessories to elevate it.

Messy bun: @symphanisoto

Photo:

@symphanisoto

Pull a few curls out of your topknot for a cascading effect. Face-framing front pieces keep this look extra romantic. 

Messy Bun Styling Essentials

Achieve sleek roots by smoothing a finishing cream through your hair, which will help to tame flyaways and keep your undone bun in place.

When in doubt, a claw-clip bun always looks chic and intentional. This large claw clip is ideal if you have long or thicker hair.

Hair that's too silky can be slippery to work with, which can work against your messy-bun look. A couple of spritzes of a texturising spray through the lengths help to keep hair in place while giving you that effortless mood.

We're already obsessed with linen, and this scrunch is the perfect way to bring the trend to your messy bun look.

Related Stories