So you just woke up 10 minutes before your Zoom meeting and you’re looking for an effortless yet presentable hair look. Enter the messy bun – the timeless classic hairstyle for the girl who’s booked and busy that also doubles as the perfect work from home hairstyle.

What began as a quick-fix hairstyle for days when your alarm clock went off late has also become a high-fashion staple that decorates the heads of A-list celebrities at red carpet events. A cursory Google search yields hundreds of thousands of Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube tutorials on how to achieve this seemingly effortless, yet intricate look. Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen described the messy bun as “one of those Coachella kind of things. Kind of like no-makeup makeup.”

From top-knots to low buns and everything in between, here are our favorite messy bun looks to add to your remote work repertoire.

25 messy bun hairstyles

The Classic Top-Knot Bun

Actress and singer Zendaya donned this unforgettable messy top-knot bun at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Sports Awards. The ‘Euphoria’ star’s ethereal baby hairs decorate the perimeter of her hairline like a halo. The most iconic bun looks are the ones that make you wonder if they took 10 minutes or 10 hours to craft.

The Face Framing Bun

Singer Ciara looked immaculate sporting this wavy messy bun look at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. The ‘Level Up’ singer’s face-framing waves contour her prominent cheekbones. We love her cushiony messy bun for sweater weather days when you’re cozied up by the fireplace with a cup of Matcha. For extra volume, clip in our seamless hair extensions when recreating this look.

The Royal & Relatable Bun

Meghan Markle’s messy low buns captured several headlines with many fawning over her relatable yet royal hair looks. Meghan’s signature messy bun compliments her everyday no-makeup makeup beauty. We love her carefully parted side swept swoosh as it highlights her beautiful side profile. 

The Festive Bun

Live out the festival season we all missed out on this year with this 10-minute braided messy bun. This Bohemian-inspired hair look gives ‘business in the front, party in the back’ vibes. The carefully pulled out flyaways and face-framing strands are the cherry on top of this messy-chic top-knot bun. 

The Pineapple Bun

We are obsessed with this curly pineapple messy bun look. This look is perfect for girls with Type 3A-3C hair on-the go. We especially love model Brianna Gabriela’s dark roots contrasting against her cool-toned coily locks and fluffy bangs.

The Braided Bun

One of the many things we love about braided protective styles is their versatility. These gorgeous Senagalese twists look equally as snatched pulled up into a messy bun as they do when they’re long and running down your back. 

The Bold Bun

Why play it safe when you can transform your hair into a work of art? This bold bun look donned by actress Justine Skye is perfect for those who want to rock high fashion editorial hair looks. We love everything from the thick single part leave out to the perfectly laid baby hairs in this messy bun look.

The Wispy Bun

Actress Emma Stone looks absolutely whimsical in this wispy messy bun. We are absolutely living for the tiny little pieces of hair decorating the back of Emma’s neck and how intricately pulled and crafted her bun lay upon her head.

The Barrette Bun

Dress up your messy bun by adorning it with barrettes. We love the barrette bun for lazy days when you throw your hair up and want to make it look like you tried harder than you actually did. Slip on Luxy’s Tortoiseshell Hair Clips to add that extra flare to your messy bun.

The Half Up, Half Down Bun

Actress Leigh-Ann Pinnock absolutely slayed the half up, half down messy bun at this year’s MTV European Music Awards. Not only does the half up, half down messy bun look amazing on ladies with locks, but it also looks stunning with wavy, curly and straight hairstyles. 

The Highlight Bun

If you have highlighted or balayage hair, this messy low bun is the perfect way to showcase the nuances of your hair tones. The messy bun melts all of the chocolate tones into the caramelized tones on this model’s hair.

The Bridal Bun

The bridal bun is equal parts soft, refined and messy. This bride to-be’s soft waves billow like an ocean tide.

The Space Bun

Why have one messy bun when you can have two? These Princess Leia-inspired buns are the ultimate dynamic duo of the messy bun look. In her ‘Hair in A Hurry’ Instagram post, celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin explains how you can achieve this look with just one hair tie and a few french hairpins.

The Subtle Bun

For days when you want to keep your top knot bun looking a little bit refined with a hint of messy, the subtle messy bun is exactly what you need. Actress Shay Mitchell looked absolutely breathtaking at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in this strapless Labourjoisie gown and subtle top knot bun.

The Vertical Double Bun

We love this sultry vertically stacked double messy bun Actress Katherine Langford sported to the 2018 Teen Choice Awards. If you squint, you can see the tiny bow placed in the top bun which compliments her classic lace dress. This edgy yet simple look was crafted by celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho.

The Bantu Bun

Model Chloe Hall’s Bantu Knot buns decorate her head like little crowns. From the blunt cut ends to the loosely twisted knots, to the placement of each individual bun on her head, this is yet another braided protective style we are obsessing over.

The Victorian Bun

We love this Victorian messy bun look actress Lily Collins is sporting. This minimalistic up-do makes us feel like we woke up in the 19th century. Those delicate little flyaways are the stars of this look for us.

The Chignon Bun

The chignon is a carefully knotted bun that elicits class and femininity. Celebrity hair stylist Marc Mena created this elegant yet effortless look for actress Chrissie Metz for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Bang Bun

There’s something about bangs with messy buns that give us retro 1960’s chic vibes. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard looks ravishing with her warm red locks and this tiny yet mighty messy bun.

The Baby Hair Bun

Rapper Saweetie came to serve at the 2020 Grammy Awards. We love when baby hairs not only accessorize, but share the spotlight with a messy bun. We love the abstract shape of this messy bun and the rainbow-coloured bobby pins that are perfectly situated at the back of her head.

The Ponytail Bun

On days when you can’t decide if you want to sport a messy bun or a ponytail, why not choose both? Scarlett Johansson’s golden tresses are absolutely to die for in this ponytail bun look at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The award for most outstanding ponytail bun goes to ScarJo. 

The Kinky Bun

Actress Lupita N’Yongo’s beautiful tightly coiled Type 4C kinky hair looks absolutely breathtaking in this look. The texture, volume and shape of this messy bun scream haute couture.

The Cascading Curly Bun

The R&B sister sensations Chloe x Halle rocked this stunning set of cascading curly braided messy buns at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards. 

The Bow Tie Bun

This bow-tie bun is perfect for those with thick hair who want to throw some fun in their messy bun. Need some clip in hair extensions to zhuzh up this look?  Clip in our Volumizer Wefts upside down for an extra voluminous bow tie bun.

The Colorful Bun

Pastel colors look especially accentuated in messy top-knot buns. Model Hailey Bieber looked pretty in pastel pink in this red carpet look.

Written by Ashley Inkumsah

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We’ve been seeing more man buns than ever lately. Be it the lack of hairdresser access during lockdown or just a resurgence of the trend, there has been an undeniable rise in this long and shaggy hairstyle. While the man bun certainly has a loyal fan base, others are not as happy with its return.

Man buns have been a controversial hairstyle ever since they first gained popularity in the 2010s. Due to their association with hipster or slacker culture, there are plenty of man bun haters out there. The hairstyle became associated with the Silicon Valley tech bro and was parodied in TV shows like Black Mirror and Family Guy.

However, there has been growing interest in men’s hairstyles in the past few years. Internet searches for men’s locks have actually been 6% higher than women’s hair searches, with questions like “how to grow a man bun” and “how to tie a man bun” among the most common. For those of us who love a good man bun, the increase of long-haired hotties has us jumping for joy. The style includes many different variations, from the sleek and sophisticated top knot to the rugged and messy low bun. There’s even man bun and beard combinations, as well as edgy spiked buns. We’re loving the style so much that we’re even introducing Luxy Hair clip-in buns.

Whether you’re looking for man bun inspiration, or just want to scroll through some long-haired cuties, we’ve put together a list of the best celebrity man buns. These guys prove that the man bun is not dead.

Jason Momoa

Hunky Jason Momoa has made his mark in Hollywood with roles in Aquaman and Conan The Barbarian. Not to mention his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. The actor is also known for his gorgeous locks, which he often wears tied up to keep out of his face. He has even been frequently spotted wearing a scrunchie around his wrist. Here, he sports a man bun and proves he just might be the king of this style.

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell shows that man buns come in all shapes and sizes with this under-cut and bun combination. An undercut has tightly-shaved sides that are cut underneath each side of the natural parting, with the top layers remaining unchanged. The eye-catching style, which the actor wore in back in 2013, leaves just enough hair for a small top knot. He dresses up the style with a classic suit and tie, plus an earring (because why not?).

A$AP Rocky

Rapper and producer A$AP Rocky rocks a braided man bun look here, tying his braids back out of his face to create a pony-bun hybrid look. Well-known for his hip-hop music and collaborations in the fashion world with big names such as Dior, Adidas, and Ferragamo, A$AP is always at the cutting edge of style, and his hair is no exception.

Jared Leto

Blue-eyed angel Jared Leto keeps it cool and casual with a low, slicked-back man bun while walking down the street. The actor, who is known for roles in My So-Called Life, Fight Club, Requiem For a Dream, and Dallas Buyers Club, as well as being the lead singer for band 30 Seconds to Mars, is actually a pioneer of the trend in Hollywood. He shows that a low man bun is a great alternative to the classic style. Leto’s iconic bun expresses a relaxed, carefree vibe perfect for more low-key occasions. Not to mention that he’s making the fanny pack look very cool.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mini man bun is scoring all the points this season. The soccer star normally likes to play the field with his hair, but we’re especially liking this style. He wears his grown out hair in a small bun on top of his head and pairs it with an undercut, making him ready for action. This look takes the man bun hairstyle into a sporty direction.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles’ man bun is one of the most-Googled celebrity hairstyles of all time, with millions of internet searches. The former One Direction singer and rock star has worn the style a few times over the years, much to the delight of his many fans. He once even tied up his hair onstage, which nearly broke the internet. Here, he wears his glorious curls tied up in a glorious up-do for a classic man bun.

Brad Pitt

Behold, the red carpet man bun, perfected by none other than Brad Pitt. The Hollywood A-lister has rocked many hairstyles over the years, but this sleek-yet-messy bun is among the best. The low-maintenance style is perfect for men on the go, whether paired with a tuxedo or sweats.

Jake Gyllenhaal

The man bun/beard combination worn by actor Jake Gyllenhaal takes the style back to its hipster roots. Gyllenhaal is reportedly such a fan of the hairstyle that he even requested to wear the man bun in his Nightcrawler role. This look requires some patience to grow hair out to the right length, but it’s well worth it in the end. For those who want instant length, our hair extensions can help you grow out your style in moments.

Justin Bieber

Never one to shy away from a controversial haircut, The Biebs sports a messy man bun with the hair pulled up on top and the rest left loose. The disheveled ‘do might be relatively small, but it’s definitely full of potential.

David Beckham

David Beckham’s man bun might be even more famous than his skills on the soccer field. The athlete sleeks all of his hair back in a spiked bun, providing an edgy twist. He leaves the ends of his ponytail sticking out on top to achieve the style.

Brock O’Hurn

American model, actor, and fitness trainer Brock O’Hurn might just have one of the most majestic man buns we’ve ever seen. Here, he pulls his long locks back into a messy, textured bun for a casual yet stylish look. The dapper suit and bow-tie are just the cherry on top.

Joe Odagiri

Japanese actor and musician Joe Odagiri is known as a bit of a rebel due to his edgy fashion and style choices. His killer man bun is no exception. Here, he rocks the style with a relaxed, low bun and beard combination.

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik, another former One Directioner, tries his hand at the man bun with this undercut style. While Zayn might have parted ways with the boy band, his hairstyle continues to evolve and go through dramatic changes. Hopefully he keeps the man bun around!

Orlando Bloom

An early pioneer of the man bun, young Orlando Bloom was often wearing his hair pulled back in a sleek knot. The Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings actor might keep his hair a bit more clean cut these days, but here’s hoping he brings the bun back at some point in the future.

Bradley Cooper

Actor Bradley Cooper has been known to sport some premium bun-age, whether at a red carpet premiere or strolling through the streets of New York City. He famously wore the style after becoming a dad with his new baby in tow, making the dad bun just as much of a thing as the dad bod. His take on the top knot features a small bun on top with the rest of his hair flowing freely on the sides.


Written by: Mikayla Uber

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