Messy Bun for Long Hair Video


Messy Bun for Long Hair (1)

If you’ve been around BIH long enough you know that I struggled for a long time with messy buns and finally came up with my own because I couldn’t get the look that I wanted when I did them in the girls hair. Well, we started having that problem again as the girls hair has gotten longer and I found that I wasn’t liking the looks of our messy bun as much. It still works – but I just am picky & didn’t like it as much anymore. As Bee & Goose’s hair has gotten longer, the messy buns tended to be a bit droopy or saggy. I find my messy bun looks best when their hair is shorter or a medium length.

I’ve finally had some time to get this video made, and I hope you like it as much as we do. The messy bun I mean! I’d mentioned this new messy bun back when I did THIS post – and in the hairdo I did on Bee, I’d used this technique, but I finally have made the video. I’ve actually made it a couple times – but let’s just say Bee likes to make noises and be silly more than not, so I finally got her to keep noises to a minimum-ish! I also used this messy bun on Goose when she had her hair pulled up when she was wearing the fun headband/wrap from Stylish HERE. So it works in really long & thick hair as well as Bee’s hair that isn’t as long or thick. So here is how we’ve adapted as the girls hair has gotten longer.

Here’s the video – take a look & let us know what you think! I’ve already told one of my readers on FB about it and she used because she was needing a messy bun for her girls dance recital & they have long hair. She used this technique & it worked great. So it appears we’re on to something here! πŸ™‚

It’s quick & easy & would be a great one to use over the 4th of July to keep your hair up off your neck for those fun BBQ’s and holiday activities you’ve got planned!

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12 Responses

  1. Tiffany says:

    What a great tutorial! Thank you!!

  2. Brandy says:

    I have a challenge for you. I love the way this messy bun looks, and am looking for something similar for work but have some unique circumstances. First of all, I am messy bun challenged like you. It is harder for me to be able to find a messy bun I can do well. Second, I have very long thick hair. Third, I work in a prison and am required to wear my hair up for work. I am not allowed to use bobby pins and as my hair has gotten longer, I am finding it harder to put it up in a messy bun that looks good without them. Can you please show me a messy bun I could manage on my hair without bobby pins? Thank you!

    • The Mom says:

      Brandy – that’s quite tricky if you can’t use bobby pins, as that’s how I anchor their hair in both our messy buns. I know some people use multiple rubber bands to wrap around the bun and then “mess it up” but I’ve never got a good look from doing that. Can you use little claw clips in place of the bobby pins? You can get them in clear or black or whatever to match your hair and maybe grip hair in places where you’d put bobby pins instead. Or are you familiar with Spin Pins( – could you use those for a bun? I don’t know if they’d work for as much of a messy bun look, but it might be worth a shot if you are aloud to wear them.

  3. Country girl says:

    The easiest way to do this without bobby pins….. would be to do one or even two rope braids, pull out sections of the rope braid to make it messy (like what you do to a normal braid to make them pancake braids…) – THEN loosely wind them into a bun and secure it there with a covered hair tie.

    • The Mom says:

      I’ve never had much luck doing the bit where you wrap buns w/rubber bands – that’s why we came up with this way to do our messy buns! πŸ™‚

  4. Rosalie Goldner-May says:

    HI!!! I love your video’s. I am a ten year-old girl who’s mom can only do braids and ponytails so most days i do my own hair. My hair is fairly thickish and waistlengnth, the sort of colour my mom calls, honey blonde. I am really in need of some easy but good looking hairstyles to do on myself. PLEASE HELP!!!

    p.s. The hairstyles are for school so nothing to unusual, though i don’t mind anything a little unique.

    • The Mom says:

      Try looking under our “quick & easy” tag in our side bar. I’m guessing there are some there that will be perfect for school days!

  5. Felicia says:

    This is awesome. I used to do messy buns on my sweetie all of the time when her hair was much shorter. Now that it is all the way down her back, we struggle with different hairstyles. I am so excited about so many things, but I’ve recently been trying to figure out how to do a messy bun for her long hair. Problem solved! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Christine says:

    Mother of 7 yr old twin girls, Grace and Mercy. πŸ™‚ They both have super long hair. Mercy has fine blonde hair and Grace has dark thick hair (enough for three children) lol I LOVE these styles. They are simple, easy to do, great for school or dressing up too. My hands thank you and so do the Twins. Less pulling and breakage to their hair. Simple and super FAST! With these styles I can achieve the same look for both girls (a fuller look for Mercy) and the weight of just one braid or pony tail on Grace’s hair is greatly reduced as well. πŸ™‚

  7. Andrea says:

    Just found your site and FB page! I love it and can’t wait to try the Valentine’s updo!

  8. Grace says:

    Messy buns for long hair are challenging. And there doesn’t seem to be many tutorials. I haven’t seen any good.
    Your idea is really good. But when I tried this ended up looking pretty and elegant, witch is also great but I was going for messy. I guess I will have try again πŸ™‚

    • The Mom says:

      Sorry this didn’t turn out as messy as you’d have liked. If you’re doing it w/damp hair like we did maybe try do it with dry instead. Or mess the rope braid up a bit before making the bun. Then it might turn out messier.

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