3 Messy Buns

messy-bun-4You asked and I (finally!) listened! By far my most requested tutorial, today I am featuring how I create my messy buns! There are three different buns in today’s video with two signature styles and a third one that didn’t have a video but is still super cute.

The first bun is the one from the Triple French Braid Double Waterfall tutorial way back when. The second bun is the one I wear the most and show frequently in tutorials. Hopefully a better (slower!) break down of how each one is done will help you master the techniques too!


Bun #1 Supplies:

Bun #1 Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by brushing all of the hair into a high pony.
  • Step 2 / Take a hair back and loop it once over the entire ponytail.
  • Step 3 / Now twist the hair band once and leave it crossed over the fingers.
  • Step 4 / With the head tipped forwards, spread the hair of the ponytail around the head so it’s evenly spread out.
  • Step 5 / Pop the hair band over the top of the ponytail and it should create a small bun shape.
  • Step 6 / Gently pull on the edges to make the donut bigger.
  • Step 7 / Gather the ends sticking out and bring them towards the forehead.
  • Step 8 / Loop them back towards the bun and tuck them into the hair band.
  • Step 9 / Pull the center of the bun to make it tight against the head and carefully twist and shift the bun until it looks the way you prefer.
  • Step 10 / Spray the hair with hairspray and smooth down flyaways.

Bun #2 Supplies:

Bun #2 Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush all the hair into a high ponytail.
  • Step 2 / Tip the head forward and holding the hair with the right hand, use the left hand to wrap a hair band over the top part of the ponytail, creating an ‘n’ shape.
  • Step 3 / Now twist the left hand so it’s in front of the hair from the ponytail with the palm facing out.
  • Step 4 / Twist the hand clock-wise so the hair band is twisted along with the hair from the ponytail.
  • Step 5 / Then bring the left hand up to the top of the head, gripping the bun.
  • Step 6 / Using the right hand, grab the hair band wrapped around the left hand down towards the base of the bun.
  • Step 7 / Find the loop at the back and pull on this to tighten the bun against the head.
  • Step 8 / Gently pull on the hair sticking out of the bun to carefully tighten the loop at the front of the head.
  • Step 9 / Now loop these ends back towards the hair band and tuck them in to create a third loop.
  • Step 10 / Carefully pull on the bun to arrange it better on the head before smoothing down flyaways with hairspray.

Bun #3 Supplies:

Bun #3 Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush all the hair into a high ponytail and tie it off with a hair band.
  • Step 2 / Take small sections of the ponytail and gently back comb the hair until it’s all back-combed.
  • Step 3 / Bring all the hair forwards and twist it together towards the left side.
  • Step 4 / Carefully twist the hair, wrapping it counter clock-wise around the hair band towards the right side.
  • Step 5 / Once it reaches the right side, smooth out the twist and continue wrapping the hair around the base until reaching the ends.
  • Step 6 / Pin down the edges of the bun with 3-4 bobby pins.
  • Step 7 / Spray the hair with hairspray and smooth down flyaways.



  1. Sandie
    July 7, 2019 / 10:39 PM

    I have to have my daughter do my hair but I know she can do any of these buns with no problem. My hair is so long and I have been needing a way to get it up off my neck. Thank you so much.

  2. Sandy
    December 18, 2018 / 7:04 PM

    Really enjoyed watching your video.
    My hair is much shorter than yours, but very thick. Hoping in the future I will be able to attempt these looks. Thank you.

  3. Alisha
    December 18, 2018 / 12:32 PM

    I liked the 1st one and the 2nd one but my hair is not even close to how thick ur hair is any helpful hints

  4. August 11, 2018 / 6:40 AM

    Thank you! Shared your tutorial.

  5. Char
    April 17, 2018 / 11:26 AM

    Love this look but I have such fine, thin hair my bun comes out the size of a mini donut! :(
    Any ideas on how to do this for us who don’t have thick beautiful hair?

    • Jessica
      January 3, 2019 / 3:51 PM

      I’m no pro, but I find that “teasing” or “backcombing” the hair before twisting it helps. For volume and to keep in place

  6. Subodhi
    April 6, 2018 / 5:10 AM

    Love this tutorial! Thank you…❤️

  7. Paige
    December 9, 2016 / 7:36 AM

    I absolutely love your tutorials! They are so great and easy to follow!!! ???? Thank you

  8. Amy
    November 26, 2016 / 11:04 AM

    I can’t even get the first bun. When I hold the twist to try to make the donut, the ponytail just flips out of the band. Then when I try to make the donut, it just makes a loop. By the time I’m done, it looks like a snowman with the band obviously separating my hair.

  9. Brenda Jordy
    August 22, 2016 / 10:42 AM

    Beautiful! Can’t wait till my hair is long enough to do this!!!

  10. Ann Jordan
    August 20, 2016 / 3:53 PM

    This tutorial is one of the best! You get right to the steps and illustrate the method wonderfully! Thanks!

  11. Ari
    March 4, 2016 / 12:15 PM

    I’ve watched your video for the 1st bun at least 20 times and I still get lost when you twist. Can you do a slower step-by-step video? I love the style so much!

  12. Lairen
    February 18, 2016 / 7:46 AM

    I tried the second bun about 20 times but just can’t figure out the part where you are twisting the band and pulling the hair through…=(

  13. Denise
    February 15, 2016 / 10:03 PM

    I cannot get the second mini bun on the 2nd messy bun tutorial!!!! Please help!

  14. Emily
    January 31, 2016 / 8:01 PM

    Love this tutorial! I love all your braid videos, and pictures on instagram too, but I always wondered how you did your buns! Definitely going to try this tomorrow morning :)

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