Back in January, I posted this hair bow picture on instagram and couldn’t wait to film a tutorial. When I sat down to recreate it I thought up this idea instead, to incorporate it with a messy bun.
This is such a unique way to take your messy bun to the next level and it’s kind of hidden too until you take a closer look. I love that, a kind of peek-a-boo bow. This style would be so pretty for prom if you are looking for some hair inspiration. If you do end up trying it out be sure to let me know and tag me on instagram!
Step 1 / Begin by brushing all of the hair into a high ponytail.
Step 2 / Wrap the hair with a hair band and only pull the hair halfway through on the last wrap to create a loop.
Step 3 / Take sections of the loop and pin the hair against the head to help hide the hair band and form a messy bun.
Tip: As you pin each section, make sure to look at the hair from all angles to ensure the bun has a flattering shape. It’ll look different each time but pinning larger pieces will help with flyaways and keep the bun a little smoother.
Step 4 / With the ends left sticking out, divide out a small piece from the middle of the section and clip it out of the way.
Step 5 / Tie the rest of the section together with a clear elastic band.
Step 6 / Now split this hair into two equal sections and with the right section carefully roll it under itself and place it against the head, pinning the backside with bobby pins to create the right side of the bow.
Step 7 / Then repeat that step with the section on the left side, rolling it under itself, placing it against the head and sliding bobby pins underneath to hold it in place.
Step 8 / Now let down the section that was clipped up, wrap it between the two loops, bring it up through the right loop and pin it behind the bow with a bobby pin.
Step 9 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
This tutorial is long overdue. I actually posted a picture of this hairstyle on instagram over a year ago and promised to share a tutorial – which I never did, eek!
This is one of my favorite hairstyles for Spring and Summer though because it’s a quick way to get the hair up and out of the way and even works on wet hair too!
If you’ve already tried and love this style, be sure to let me in the comments below! xo, Missy
Dutch Braid and Low Bun Supplies:
Dutch Braid and Low Bun Instructions:
Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair on the right side
Step 2 / Divide out a section of hair to frame the face.
Step 3 / Pick up a triangle shaped section on the heavy side of the part and divide it into three pieces for the braid.
Step 4 / Cross the right strand under the middle and then the left strand under the middle.
Step 5 / Cross the right strand under the middle, pick up a new section of hair and cross it under and into the middle strand.
Step 6 / Then cross the left strand under the middle, pick up a new section of hair and cross it under and into the middle strand.
Step 7 / Repeat those steps, crossing the side strands under the middle strand while bringing in new sections of hair from along the part line and along the left side of the head.
Step 8 / Once all the hair from along the part line is brought into the braid, start bringing in sections from the right side of the head and continue braiding the hair in a diagonal towards the nape of the neck.
Step 9 / Once all the hair from the sides of the head are brought into the braid, continue the braid a little further down and slide two bobby pins over the end so it doesn’t unravel.
Step 10 / Go back over the braid, pulling on the edges to make it wider and more full.
Step 11 / Now combine all of the hair together and wrap it once with a hair band, remove the bobby pins from the ends of the braid and then wrap it twice more, only pulling the hair half way through on the last loop.
Step 12 / Take a few sections of the bun and pin them against the head with bobby pins.
Step 13 / Then take the ends that are left sticking out and divide them into two sections.
Step 14 / With the right section, twist it together, pull on the edges to make the twist fuller, and then wrap it over the hair band, pinning it on the left side of the bun with bobby pins.
Step 15 / Then take the ends on the left side, twist them together and wrap them over the bun, pinning them on the right side.
Step 16 / Set the style with hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.
This style has been catching my eye all over the place so I couldn’t resist creating my own tutorial for it. I think this is such a cute look for Spring and half up braids are so pretty and fun. This hairstyle starts out like french braids, turns into lace braids, finishes with a cute little bun and has such a girly, bohemian vibe that I love. Thank you so much for reading! xoxo, Missy
Half Up Lace Braid Mini Bun Supplies:
4 Bobby pins
Half Up Lace Braid Mini Bun Instructions:
Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair where you normally prefer. I’m placing my part on the right side.
Step 2 / Divide out any hair to frame the face. Then pick up a small section near the part for the braid.
Step 3 / Divide this section into three pieces and begin by crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand over the middle.
Step 4 / Now cross the right strand over the middle, pick up a new section of hair and bring it into the middle strand.
Step 5 / Then cross the left strand over the middle, picking up a new section and cross it over and into the middle strand.
Step 6 / Repeat those steps once more crossing the side strands over the middle strand while bringing a new section into the braid.
Step 7 / Now continue the braid but only add new pieces of hair into the top side of the braid. So continue crossing the left strand over the middle but don’t add in any new sections on this side of the braid and this technique will create the lace braid.
Step 8 / Repeat those steps only adding in hair from the top of the head until the braid reaches around to the center of the back of the head.
Step 9 / Then braid the hair a little further down and cross two bobby pins over the ends.
Step 10 / Now repeat those same steps and create a second lace braid on the right side of the head doing three stitches of a regular french braid and then only adding in hair from the top of the head to create another lace braid.
Step 11 / When the braid reaches the first one, continue braiding the section a little further down and slide two bobby pins over the ends.
Step 12 / With both braids are done, tie them together close to the back of the head. I wrapped the elastic band twice and then removed the bobby pins from the ends of the braids.
Step 13 / On the last loop of the elastic only pull the hair halfway through to create a little loop.
Step 14 / With the ends left sticking out, wrap these over the elastic band and pin them in place.
Step 15 / Then double-back the hair to create the second wrap, under the first, and pin down the ends with another bobby pin.
Step 16 / Now go back over both of the braids and pull on the edges to make them fuller. Tip: On the top the braid, only pull on the looped pieces and not the hair going into the braid, otherwise the braid will fall loose.