If you like the look of curls and enjoy the convenience of a loose hairstyle, you’ll love this do-it-yourself guide to creating a messy “undone” updo. The “undone” bun works best on shoulder length hair, but can be accomplished on longer or shorter tresses. While the hair can be unwashed or newly clean, the style does require it to be completely dry. Use the step-by-step instructions below to create this flirty look.
1. Begin by using a formulated shampoo and conditioner to match the needs of your hair. Color-treated hair, highlights, naturally curly, or straight hair each require different treatments for maximum management. It’s best not to wash and dry the hair directly before attempting the “undone” bun as newly washed hair can be difficult to work with unless prepped with styling products. Finish with a cold water rinse to encourage shine and close the cuticles.
2. Gently towel-dry the hair to remove any excess water. Blot the hair as opposed to rubbing the tresses to avoid tangling or ripping delicate wet hair. Apply a dime-sized amount of leave-in detangler to remove any knots. Light-weight mousse should be evenly massaged into the hair from root to tip to keep the style looking smooth and to prevent fly-aways. Use a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle and a paddle brush to dry the hair and give it a sleek finish.
3. Separate the bangs from the rest of the hair. Use the paddle brush to sweep the bangs to one side of the forehead. On the side of the head, create a shallow part or zigzag pattern if you prefer. Gather all the hair from the sides, top, and bottom and put it into a loose ponytail in the center-back of the head. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band. Spray the ponytail with a light-weight hairspray to keep it in place. Push the ponytail up slightly to create a small “poof” or fullness at the top of the head.
4. Hair within the ponytail should be separated into one inch sections. Each one inch section should be curled using a one inch curling iron to create loose barrel curls. Pin each newly formed curl loosely to the scalp using a bobby pin. Give each curl a spray of hairspray to keep it in place. Continue to curl one inch sections until all the hair has been curled and secured to the scalp to form a messy bun. Use your fingers to sculpt the bun to create the “undone” look you’re working towards. Add a couple drops of shine product to give your updo some shimmer.
This DIY messy “undone” bun is extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of formal events. This hairstyle can also be dressed up or done for a night out with friends or just for a professional work updo. The “undone” bun provides the fullness you desire without the hardship of more advanced styles.
Looking for additional messy updo styles? Check out the following resources:
• How Tos: Updos, French Twists, Messy Updos, and More.
• Seventeen: Create a Cute Updo Hairstyle