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How to do a Messy Bun with Thin Hair? And the 2 Styles you can Try upon

Having thin hair can make doing certain hairstyles challenging.

Women won’t even attempt certain hairstyles because they don’t think they will get a good looking end result. One among them was the messy bun. Yes, many women simply avoid having the trendy messy bun, just because their hair is thinner.

Today, I am here to show you that any hairstyle, even the tricky messy bun, can be achieved, if you use the right tools and the right products. No matter how thin your hair maybe you can still do fun styles.

How to do a Messy bun with thin hair
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How to do a Messy Bun with Thin Hair?

Having a messy bun needs patience and perfection. This is even more if yours is a case of thin hair.

Thus before we jump into the 2 messy bun hairstyles, we are going to go over the most important elements required for styling any thin hair.

Hair Foundation and the important Volumizing Shampoo

For any style, the foundation of your hair is going to play a big part in how your style is going to turn out.

The only thing worse than thin hair is damaged thin hair. Thus it is crucial for those with thin hair to use a moisturizing, thickening or a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Healthy hair is going to help the appearance of your hair look more full. Working with healthy hair will be easier for you than trying to style damaged hair.

Must use Products while styling a messy bun for your Thin Hair

The products you use for each hairstyle is key! Women with thin hair should never use products that have oil in it because it is going to weigh your hair down and leave an overall greasy look to it. Instead, look for products that have an aerosol base. New powder products are available and are sometimes better options vs some sprays.

Make sure you read the instructions on all products and follow the steps accordingly. If you don’t follow the instructions on sprays you can weigh your hair down and you won’t be able to achieve that messy bun look.

2 Messy Bun Styles you can try upon if you are having a Thin hair

Style 1 – Classic High Messy Bun

You can’t go wrong with a classic messy bun and it is a great go-to hairstyle for days you don’t want to do your hair. This is a good starter hairstyle to play around with if you are new to styling your thin hair. While the end result looks tricky: this is one of the easiest hairstyles every woman can do!

Tools Needed:

Hair tie
Dry Texture Spray
Hair spray (Optional but recommended)

Step 1

Step 1 is simple, and you are going to want to put your hair into a tight ponytail. Make sure you are using tight hair ties or your messy bun will begin to fall throughout the day. You want to put your hair in a ponytail that is close to the top of your head in an almost uncomfortable position.

Step 2

Use a texturizing spray and spray your entire ponytail. Thus using the Texturizing Spray naturally adds a great volume and texture to your thin hair. (I personally recommend, this or this spray for best results)

Next, hold your ponytail up with one hand and with your other hand use a backcomb to swipe down, making your ponytail begin to form a birds nest. The goal here is to backcomb your pony enough to add volume, which is going to give your bun that full end result.

Step 3

With one hand, hold the pony up to the ceiling and roll it down over your other hand. You should be making one full circle or loop with your ponytail.

Step 4

Have the end of your ponytail wrap around to the back and use another hair tie to secure your bun.

Step 5

Use both hands and pull out little wisps of hair around the bun without pulling the ends of your hair out. It’s important you keep the bun intact while still pulling the hair around the bun out to give you that messy look.

Manipulate at the bun with just your fingertips. This will help you loosen the bun without getting in there too much and completely taking your bun back into a ponytail state.

Pull wisps out around your hairline. Any little baby hair you may have should be left down and not sprayed or pinned up. The whole look of a messy bun hairstyle is to have your hair be imperfect.

If any ends of your hair that pops out during the pulling stage, just take bobby pins and tuck the ends back into the bun randomly. You can finish the style with a light mist of hairspray or texturizing spray.

Style 2 – Low Messy Bun

A low messy bun is a versatile look that you can wear to the office or to brunch! Unlike the high messy bun, a low one looks a bit chicer.

Tools Needed:

Hair Ties
Curling Iron ( Optional, but recommended)
Texturizing Powder
Bobby Pins

Before doing this hairstyle it would be helpful for you to curl your hair and then comb it out with your fingers. While this is a totally optional step, it will help the overall appearance look more polished and it will help add volume and movement. You don’t need to do a nice full curl session, but just quickly curl through giving some movement to your hair. (I personally only recommend Revlon curling iron if you have thin hair)

If you have curly or wavy hair, this step isn’t necessary for you.

Before you begin it can additionally be helpful to put texturizing or volumizing powder throughout your hair. (To make your hair look thicker)

Step 1

Part your hair in the front either down the middle or to your preferred side. Leave the front sections out and gather the back into a low ponytail.

Step 2

We are going back to kindergarten and doing a topsy turvy ponytail now. Make a hole in the middle of your hair between your head and the hair tie holding your ponytail in place. Take your ponytail and flip it forward into the hole.

Step 3

Gather the front side sections you left out and pull it back towards your low ponytail

Step 4

Take a separate hair tie and make a second ponytail by your first one.

Step 5

Make the second ponytail a topsy turvy ponty tail and tuck it in with the first topsy turvy one you previously made.

Step 6

Take the bottom of both ponytails and use a hair tie to connect them into one, tying the hair at the very bottom.

Step 7

Take the bottom of the ponytail and loop it up, bobby-pinning it in the middle where you made the hole for your topsy turvy ponytail.

Step 8

Ruff up the bun and pull out little wisps, giving it a messy look to it.

Step 9

Take your fingers and loosen the rest of your hair, pulling out some pieces towards the front so that they lay down around your face. Take two fingers and loosen the hair that was sectioned off by the front and sides, giving you the appearance of a loose and twisted back look.


Remember, a key to any messy bun is loosening up your hair and pulling out little whisps.

And finally, if you are still bothered about your thin hair, take some time and practice. After a few tries, you will know how to manipulate your hair and achieve the perfect messy bun look, you are desiring.

Practice makes it perfect, and once you have mastered the messy bun it will quickly become one of your go-to hairstyles for your thin hair!

How to do a Messy Bun with Thin Hair? And the 2 Styles you can Try upon

Megan Curtin is an experienced stylist and a cosmetologist who lives in Eagle, USA. She got her cosmetology license from the Regency Cosmetology School back in 2008. She currently works as a Merchandising Director and a stylist at Vinyl Theatre where she does various things starting from styling their outfits, to cutting/styling their hair and even managing the bands. Megan also owns a lifestyle blog namely and loves posting her updates to her thousand plus Instagram followers

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