The face framing messy bun is not only easy-to-do, it’s become a timeless look since it became popular in the 90’s. It’s easy to transition into from a sleek bun at a business meeting, casually-elegant enough for date night, and comfy enough to keep in after you get home from a long day. The face framing part comes from the bangs which you use to shape your face, and the messy bun is because of the bun which is normally worn in a high position.
Before you style this look, it’s important to decide on the type of framing you’re going for. And that starts with the shape of your face. Here’s some recommendations by face type, then we’ll jump into the steps to create this look.
- Round faces can add length with curtain bangs.
- Oval, rectangular and long shapes look stunning with curled locks and asymmetrical work perfect to add depth and dimension.
- Heart and triangle shapes will do well with wispy and long bangs to offset the width of your forehead.
- Diamond shaped faces will look “sparkling” with side swept bangs, but you may want to adjust the top knot messy bun to a lower one and make sure any layers do not go as low as your chin.
How to do a face framing messy bun
- Brush your hair to ensure to remove tangles and knots, and don’t forget to smooth out your bangs too.
- Next separate your bangs from the rest of your hair and use a barrette or clip to keep them out of the way until your messy bun is formed.
- Pull the rest of your hair back into a high ponytail (it doesn’t have to be sleek or neat, this is a messy bun) and secure it with a hair tie.
- Twist the ponytail around itself to create a bun shape and secure it with another hair tie.
- Don't aim for perfection as the loose strands and unevenness help with the messy look.
- Now tease the bun loose a bit, and let some of the hair go uneven, that is why it is called a messy bun, not a tight top knot.
- The last step is to unclip your bangs and style them to the desired shape or style. If you want an easy to do one that works for just about everyone, try making them curly and make sure to treat your hair with a protectant before using a curling iron.
And now you’re set to create your new go-to hairstyle for all occasions. It’s fast, sophisticated, fun, and you can do it in 6 simple steps. Subscribe to our newsletter below to get more style guides like this one!