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Isilme
April 13th, 2014, 06:55 PM
My hair has now reached solid classic, it is thick and sometimes heavy. I want to be able to do a pretty messy bun! My "problem" is that all my buns look very neat and sometimes strict, I want something new and fun! I really don't want to use any elastics, preferably my tools would be one or two sticks, a Flexi or a Ficcare. And that's it, I have been looking for tutorials for this type of bun and they all seem to include bobby pins, teasing, hairspray and tons of time. I have none of that :p
Even my lazy wrap buns look neat, teach me how to do a real messy bun! I want something like this http://babesinhairland.com/hairstyles/messy-bun-for-long-hair-video/

Laurenji
April 13th, 2014, 07:34 PM
The only way I know how to do a messy bun is with bobby pins, or it just happens to me naturally because my stubborn little layers refuse to be contained. Sorry!

You could maybe try pulling random loops out of whatever bun you make. Also can you do the pencil bun (I think that's what it's called)? The one where you hold your hair in a ponytail, take one hairstick, hold it underneath, and just twist it around and around in your hair until the length is all used up, then stab it back into your bun? That one always looks messy to me, but if you have heavy classic hair, it might be too much hair for it.

Kina
April 13th, 2014, 07:40 PM
The way that I've done (when I've intended them to look messy, not my normal messy) is to gather my hair into a pony tail, using a scrunchy I pull it over the pony, then twist the scrunchy and pull the hair half way through, twist another loop, pull half way through and leave the ends poofing around the scrunchy. i then pick and pull randomly to make it look as balanced as possible. If your hair is longer than 2 loops worth, you could then pull another scrunchy over the whole knot that you have, and pull hair through. Let me see if I can find a picture of the finished product.

Kina
April 13th, 2014, 08:00 PM
kind of like this, but not on the side: http://www.boysandgirlshairstyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC002851-300x225.jpg

here's the link to that particular tutorial:
http://www.boysandgirlshairstyles.com/triple-side-messy-bun-up-do.html/

excentricat
April 13th, 2014, 08:05 PM
My general method for messy bun is known as too-lazy-to-comb-it-properly. Take your uncombed hair, rake your fingers through the scalp hair to get it into a pony tail, do a normal bun. The tangles won't be any worse when you take it down then they would be if you combed it first.

Syren_Curls
April 13th, 2014, 08:18 PM
Thank you for posting this question! I'll be keeping an eye on this thread since I'm looking for something similar... messy bun with hair sticks ;-) My hair is TBL, though, but I'm finding a similar issue regardless.

I've run into this and want to try it out... maybe you can decipher it a bit more easily than I can (I'm still newer to hair sticks so I'm still a bit less nimble):
http://www.ebay.com/gds/HOW-TO-MAKE-A-MESSY-HAIR-BUN-WITH-HAIR-STICKS-PINS-A-/10000000016922339/g.html

I also saw this tutorial but I really don't like it at all. It might give you some jumping off points, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUX_4wX_CqA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUX_4wX_CqA)

Ravenwind
April 13th, 2014, 08:30 PM
I think with your length you could start out with a normal bun then tug at it to loosen it up and make it look messy. Or maybe doing that with a braided bun. Sorry if I'm not much help, my hair is mid-back length and I can do messy buns with one hair elastic. lol :)

Loviatar
April 14th, 2014, 01:18 AM
Hypnotica does a fabulous messy bun on her YouTube channel, I'll try to find it for you!

KittyBird
April 14th, 2014, 04:42 AM
How about doing a half-up comet bun (knot bun with the tail hanging down), and then twisting the tail and the remaining hair 'messily' around the bun? I think that could work. :)

Anje
April 14th, 2014, 12:51 PM
Bun hair, stand in wind tunnel?

Seriously, I have no idea. I make sleek, smooth buns and then my hair proceeds to frizz, spit out the hairtoys, develop flyaways or hair-horns, and generally do the neat-bun/messy head thing.

Syren_Curls
April 14th, 2014, 08:58 PM
I found this but haven't had a chance to try it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRrYpRNXyek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRrYpRNXyek

curlsgalore
April 14th, 2014, 09:06 PM
I do something very simple. I will try and describe it.
I gather all my hair into a high ponytail on top of my head.
I thin flip my hair over (from bottom up) over my hand and wrap the remainder of the hair around the base.
I end up with a loop (size depends if you use up whole hand or a few fingers) and ends wrapped around the base.
I do it slightly loose, not too tight.
I then spread the loop slightly into a fan and grab a little hair from each end of the "fan" and insert a fork or ficcare through the bun...sometimes the ficcare ends towards the front and other times towards the back.
I do get a "messier" bun with a fork. I then spread the bun out a little if necessary and Very rarely use bobby pins but occasionally do to make it more messy looking. I hope this all made sense. It's really easy and takes very little time. I can get this to work with a ficcare, fork or sticks.

curlsgalore
April 14th, 2014, 09:16 PM
Something similar to this (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dUhclYSWLtQ) with ought the hairtie. You will see how she ends up with a "fan". That's how mine ends up looking. Sometimes I may add a bobby pin to secure the ends. I then spread the fan, grab a piece from both ends and kind of bring them together and then insert a ficcare, fork or stick. Tug a little and spread the hair and I'm done. :)

Syren_Curls
April 14th, 2014, 09:57 PM
I do something very simple. I will try and describe it.
I gather all my hair into a high ponytail on top of my head.
I thin flip my hair over (from bottom up) over my hand and wrap the remainder of the hair around the base.
I end up with a loop (size depends if you use up whole hand or a few fingers) and ends wrapped around the base.
I do it slightly loose, not too tight.
I then spread the loop slightly into a fan and grab a little hair from each end of the "fan" and insert a fork or ficcare through the bun...sometimes the ficcare ends
towards the front and other times towards the back.
I do get a "messier" bun with a fork. I then spread the bun out a little if necessary and Very rarely use bobby pins but occasionally do to make it more messy looking. I hope this all made sense. It's really easy and takes very little time. I can get this to work with a ficcare, fork or sticks.


I really like this, curlsgalore! Thank you for posting! And the video helps me get a better idea of what you're doing. I *think* I can play around without the hair tie and just get it with my sticks. I'm really looking forward to trying this out :-)

curlsgalore
April 14th, 2014, 10:45 PM
Let me know how it works out. :)

Carolyn
April 15th, 2014, 08:23 AM
I do something very simple. I will try and describe it.
I gather all my hair into a high ponytail on top of my head.
I thin flip my hair over (from bottom up) over my hand and wrap the remainder of the hair around the base.
I end up with a loop (size depends if you use up whole hand or a few fingers) and ends wrapped around the base.
I do it slightly loose, not too tight.
I then spread the loop slightly into a fan and grab a little hair from each end of the "fan" and insert a fork or ficcare through the bun...sometimes the ficcare ends towards the front and other times towards the back.
I do get a "messier" bun with a fork. I then spread the bun out a little if necessary and Very rarely use bobby pins but occasionally do to make it more messy looking. I hope this all made sense. It's really easy and takes very little time. I can get this to work with a ficcare, fork or sticks.Hey that works great! I just tried it. I'll give it a test run when I go out today. Thank you!

Isilme
April 15th, 2014, 01:44 PM
I like tutorial curlsgalore! Thanks! I'll try Hypnotica's version too, even though I don't really want to use a hairtie. If only I had a small pocket sized wind tunnel that would be great! ;)

Nightshade
April 15th, 2014, 01:54 PM
It isn't a bun, but more of a messy french twist:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Fw5KRm8Ud1Y/UyMvMR0x-kI/AAAAAAAAGtE/fncUIE2SVOE/s640/Amethyst-Ficcare-1.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9VLUb_-d9pI/UyMvMlfR5GI/AAAAAAAAGtI/0nht4q4Xw0Y/s640/Amethyst-Ficcare-2.jpg

If you like it I can dig up the instructions :) Requires a Ficcare/silde/similar and a few Amish pins.

kaydana
April 15th, 2014, 02:09 PM
It isn't a bun, but more of a messy french twist:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Fw5KRm8Ud1Y/UyMvMR0x-kI/AAAAAAAAGtE/fncUIE2SVOE/s640/Amethyst-Ficcare-1.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9VLUb_-d9pI/UyMvMlfR5GI/AAAAAAAAGtI/0nht4q4Xw0Y/s640/Amethyst-Ficcare-2.jpg

If you like it I can dig up the instructions :) Requires a Ficcare/silde/similar and a few Amish pins.

:thud:

Please, please, please can I have the instructions for that? It's so pretty!

Nightshade
April 15th, 2014, 02:32 PM
:thud:

Please, please, please can I have the instructions for that? It's so pretty!

1. Make a ponytail with one hand, high on the back of the head:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bvPszl06PzA/UcHzIxuwpjI/AAAAAAAAFAg/24SdAU_FcTA/s600/Step-1.jpg


2. Twist until you have about three inches of twist over where you started the ponytail. Extra hair hangs out the bottom of the twist"

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ifO8U5QmS2s/UcHzI4dYMcI/AAAAAAAAFAo/OmkjE3pqkpo/s600/Step-2.jpg


3. Wrap the ends of the hair up and around the twist, avoiding the top, and tuck ends between the twist and the back of your head:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-89W_V6XPEbY/UcHzI7o7XjI/AAAAAAAAFAs/KRJKjeOv-gY/s588/Step-3.jpg


4. Clamp about where you made the ponytail with a Ficcare or a slide or something similar.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YG_P4IWGzqc/UcHzJUVbjmI/AAAAAAAAFA0/SKBqupzHaIE/s600/Step-4.jpg



5. Untwist the top of the twist so you have a looped poof thing.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-gDrIQiDKd7s/UcHzJ2ed5rI/AAAAAAAAFBE/T-v5ShkbMxI/s600/Step-5.jpg


6. Gather/pinch some hair:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jpmbr2JsVqk/UcHzJr0gKmI/AAAAAAAAFA8/L6889mW47tg/s593/Step-6.jpg

7. Give the pinched hair a twist to make loops/faux curls and pin with the amish pins, anchoring them behind the clip and into the body of the twist. I usually do three of those, left, center, and right. Add stuff to the side for decoration if you want:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HxOe56sFPFA/UcHzJ6UJfhI/AAAAAAAAFBI/pksHN-2pqEo/s600/Step-7.jpg



It's one of those styles that looks different every time you do it :)

Nightshade
April 15th, 2014, 02:32 PM
Here's another version with a slide and no pins at the top:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GToBfJXu11Y/UvqozH5HduI/AAAAAAAAGeQ/bcMH766wchs/s640/Twist-1.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-NzWfBWRqyLI/UvqozgRjDjI/AAAAAAAAGeY/XS2j5k6uJkA/s640/Twist-2.jpg

kaydana
April 15th, 2014, 03:05 PM
Thank you so much!

I just tried it, and it came out exactly as I was hoping it would. I love messy, and I love french twists, but I've never been very good at either (my hair will do messy, but it's accidental messy and it LOOKS accidental, which isn't quite what I want). Now I can have messy and a french twist all in one fabulous hair style! :D

Nightshade
April 15th, 2014, 04:01 PM
:cheer: Yay! I'm glad it worked out for you! It's my favorite second-day style and you get the most perfect curls at the ends if you do the wrapping right. :)

MsBubbles
April 15th, 2014, 04:13 PM
Liliana has something called The Jackie Bun on her blog:

http://alittlegrace.blogspot.com/2008/12/first-try-jackie-bun.html

I've never tried it, but hers looks good!

cathair
April 15th, 2014, 04:35 PM
I do something very simple. I will try and describe it.
I gather all my hair into a high ponytail on top of my head.
I thin flip my hair over (from bottom up) over my hand and wrap the remainder of the hair around the base.
I end up with a loop (size depends if you use up whole hand or a few fingers) and ends wrapped around the base.
I do it slightly loose, not too tight.
I then spread the loop slightly into a fan and grab a little hair from each end of the "fan" and insert a fork or ficcare through the bun...sometimes the ficcare ends towards the front and other times towards the back.
I do get a "messier" bun with a fork. I then spread the bun out a little if necessary and Very rarely use bobby pins but occasionally do to make it more messy looking. I hope this all made sense. It's really easy and takes very little time. I can get this to work with a ficcare, fork or sticks.

Love this! I'm a lazy wrap addict and this was so easy :) It's a joy to have something looser and more messy again. And my bun looks twice as big :D Thank you :)

Syren_Curls
April 15th, 2014, 04:53 PM
Let me know how it works out. :)

I was playing/practicing this today and it was so much easier than I thought! I had some trouble getting my hair close enough to my head without a hair tie, but I think I will just have to get more practice. If there are any tips for that, I'll take them, I love messy looks! Thanks again :-)

Here's how it came out, I still need practice though, lol:

http://s242.photobucket.com/user/sallyn_album/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140415_093144.jpg.html

Syren_Curls
April 15th, 2014, 04:56 PM
1. Make a ponytail with one hand, high on the back of the head:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bvPszl06PzA/UcHzIxuwpjI/AAAAAAAAFAg/24SdAU_FcTA/s600/Step-1.jpg


2. Twist until you have about three inches of twist over where you started the ponytail. Extra hair hangs out the bottom of the twist"

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ifO8U5QmS2s/UcHzI4dYMcI/AAAAAAAAFAo/OmkjE3pqkpo/s600/Step-2.jpg


3. Wrap the ends of the hair up and around the twist, avoiding the top, and tuck ends between the twist and the back of your head:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-89W_V6XPEbY/UcHzI7o7XjI/AAAAAAAAFAs/KRJKjeOv-gY/s588/Step-3.jpg


4. Clamp about where you made the ponytail with a Ficcare or a slide or something similar.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YG_P4IWGzqc/UcHzJUVbjmI/AAAAAAAAFA0/SKBqupzHaIE/s600/Step-4.jpg



5. Untwist the top of the twist so you have a looped poof thing.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-gDrIQiDKd7s/UcHzJ2ed5rI/AAAAAAAAFBE/T-v5ShkbMxI/s600/Step-5.jpg


6. Gather/pinch some hair:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jpmbr2JsVqk/UcHzJr0gKmI/AAAAAAAAFA8/L6889mW47tg/s593/Step-6.jpg

7. Give the pinched hair a twist to make loops/faux curls and pin with the amish pins, anchoring them behind the clip and into the body of the twist. I usually do three of those, left, center, and right. Add stuff to the side for decoration if you want:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HxOe56sFPFA/UcHzJ6UJfhI/AAAAAAAAFBI/pksHN-2pqEo/s600/Step-7.jpg



It's one of those styles that looks different every time you do it :)


I'm really excited to try this look, too! Thanks so much for posting :-)

Huuuge thanks again toIslime for starting this thread-I love messy hair do's and have been a bit at a loss with long-ish hair.

Sarahlabyrinth
April 15th, 2014, 05:00 PM
kind of like this, but not on the side: http://www.boysandgirlshairstyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC002851-300x225.jpg

here's the link to that particular tutorial:
http://www.boysandgirlshairstyles.com/triple-side-messy-bun-up-do.html/

My version after a windy day:http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh582/Sarahlabyrinth/DSCF4209.jpg

curlsgalore
April 15th, 2014, 05:18 PM
Love this! I'm a lazy wrap addict and this was so easy :) It's a joy to have something looser and more messy again. And my bun looks twice as big :D Thank you :)

Thank you for letting me know! I'm glad it worked. It's so easy and quick and I can use a variety of my sticks, forks, etc.


I was playing/practicing this today and it was so much easier than I thought! I had some trouble getting my hair close enough to my head without a hair tie, but I think I will just have to get more practice. If there are any tips for that, I'll take them, I love messy looks! Thanks again :-)

Here's how it came out, I still need practice though, lol:

http://s242.photobucket.com/user/sallyn_album/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140415_093144.jpg.html

I forgot to mention, that the first time I wrap the hair around the base I do it kind of tight and then the next time(s) looser. This way the base is firm and yet it will still look loose and messy, if that makes sense :).


Thanks to everyone else who commented!

curlsgalore
April 15th, 2014, 05:20 PM
I love and do nightshades version too! :)

Syren_Curls
April 15th, 2014, 05:27 PM
I forgot to mention, that the first time I wrap the hair around the base I do it kind of tight and then the next time(s) looser. This way the base is firm and yet it will still look loose and messy, if that makes sense :).

Thanks for that tip... that did it :-)

http://s242.photobucket.com/user/sallyn_album/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140415_193410.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
http://s242.photobucket.com/user/sallyn_album/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140415_193213.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1
http://s242.photobucket.com/user/sallyn_album/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140415_192357.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

Kina
April 15th, 2014, 05:56 PM
My version after a windy day:http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh582/Sarahlabyrinth/DSCF4209.jpg

very pretty! :flowers:

maskedrose
April 16th, 2014, 11:51 PM
I do something very simple. I will try and describe it.
I gather all my hair into a high ponytail on top of my head.
I thin flip my hair over (from bottom up) over my hand and wrap the remainder of the hair around the base.
I end up with a loop (size depends if you use up whole hand or a few fingers) and ends wrapped around the base.
I do it slightly loose, not too tight.
I then spread the loop slightly into a fan and grab a little hair from each end of the "fan" and insert a fork or ficcare through the bun...sometimes the ficcare ends towards the front and other times towards the back.
I do get a "messier" bun with a fork. I then spread the bun out a little if necessary and Very rarely use bobby pins but occasionally do to make it more messy looking. I hope this all made sense. It's really easy and takes very little time. I can get this to work with a ficcare, fork or sticks.

This works SO well! I've made the loop with a loose elastic for the last two days for extra holding power, but fanned the loop out with a fork instead of using bobby pins - much more hair friendly. Thanks so much! I've really been missing messy buns, especially with summer right around the corner :)

curlsgalore
April 17th, 2014, 02:17 PM
Glad it worked maskedrose! I missed messy buns too. I was tired of using a bunch of bobby pins and was so glad I discovered this so I can use my many forks and more. :)

dollyfish
April 17th, 2014, 06:19 PM
My method is to pull my hair back into a ponytail without combing or smoothing at all, make a normal bun, and then ruffle the final product with my hands a little. But my hair tends towards messy regardless of what I do! I think I've made maybe 2 or 3 truly neat-looking buns in my life!

curlsgalore
April 20th, 2014, 11:21 PM
This may work as well. It's the GTS tunnel bun (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_5M3StueZL0) which would kind of end up with the "fan" and then after securing with a fork or sticks, you could take a bobby pin or two if necessary and spread out the bun and pin random pieces. I also do this one and spread my hair out to make it look messier. :)

Syren_Curls
April 21st, 2014, 10:46 PM
I was playing around a bit with my new spin pins and did this with even spin pins :-) Still needs some adjusting with them, maybe a bobby pin or two, but I love that this is so versatile, easy, fun, and looks great!

HoneyDayTripper
April 21st, 2014, 11:44 PM
I did a figure 8 bun and left the tail end sticking out, then squeezed it and kind of messed it up before pinning.