Half Up Half Down Messy Bun

Looking for a simple hairstyle? This half up half down messy bun is the perfect hairstyle for anyone at any age. It’s an easy style to toss up for work, school or a night out. Sharing this quick hair tutorial today for you to check out and try on your own.

Half Up Half Down Messy Bun

Half Up Half Down Messy Bun

This Half Up Half Down Messy Bun is one of my favorite hairstyle’s to do on my own hair because it’s quick and it’s easy. I dress this style up and I dress it down, which in my book is the best thing in the “hair” world to be able to do.

I wanted to share this easy hairstyle today because I know so many of us are looking for quick last-minute hairstyles for our kids or teens in the morning. This hairstyle is one that you can create in less than 2 minutes (less than 1 the better you get!).

Half Up Half Down Messy Bun

Before you get going with this Half Up Half Down Messy Bun, make sure you have these 2 things near you:

  1. Elastic Band
  2. Bobby Pins (or as I prefer, an extra elastic band)

Here is a hair tutorial for the Half Up Half Down Messy Bun hairstyle. It’s less than 3 minutes long and walks you through the entire style. I promise it’s super easy and doable for anyone.

Let me walk you through the steps on this half up half down messy bun:

  1. Make sure the hair is brushed and there aren’t any snarls or tangles or knots. This best thing about this style is that it doesn’t require clean hair (you can be a few days without washing!).
  2. Make a ponytail on the crown of the head with a small section.
  3. As you’re about to elastic band it, don’t pass the full ponytail through (as seen in video).
  4. Keep the little “bun” pop on the hairstyle for this one. That’s going to be our messy bun section.
  5. Take the tail of the messy bun and wrap it around the bun. The messier, the better! Elastic band into place or use the bobby pins.

Half Up Half Down Messy Bun

As you can tell, it’s pretty easy to do this style. You don’t have to worry about the hair looking messy or tousled because it’s supposed to be for this half up half down messy bun. You want it to look like you just tossed it up and ran out the door, that’s the whole point of the hairstyle.

Best Hair Products for Hairstyles for Girls:

I’m a big believer in making sure you have the right hair tools and items for hairstyles. You don’t have to bring the back at all when it comes to finding items. You just need to make sure you have items that will help keep the hair healthy.

BRUSH – Make sure you have an amazing brush for your child’s hair. The thing with brushes is that depending on the texture of your child’s hair, it depends on the brush you’ll need. I recommend this Olivia Garden Round Brush with ionic and boars bristles. It works amazing to get out tangles and snarls.

Olivia Garden Brush

Conditioning Mist – You need to have a good product that can keep your child’s hair smooth and tangle-free. I’m obsessed with Pantene’s Conditioning Mist. It’s like a magic spray. I don’t know what formula is inside of it, but whatever it is – it works like a charm on Victoria’s hair.

how to detangle knotted hair - pantene conditioning mist

Small Elastic Bands – These are one of the best things to have on hand because many times you’re using bulkier elastics and it’s tough to keep them in place in the hair. This way your hair can have smaller elastics. You can find about 500 for $5! Check out these elastics that we use.

Small elastics for kids

I hope these products help you as you create some really fun hairstyles for yourself and your kids. It is important to make sure you have the right “tools” and these 3 things are a great start for you to get going with.

Let me know if you create this Half Up Half Down Messy Bun. It’s a great hairstyle for the “everyday” use or for an occasion. I’ve been having a blast creating some cute hairstyles with Victoria over the last 9 months. It’s become a bonding thing for us, too. We sit and laugh and find music to do them to. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Looking for additional bun styles?

Make sure you check out our Festive and Christmas Themed Hairstyles, too! These were so much fun to create for the holidays. You can take these ideas and make them work for ANY holiday throughout the year.

About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 12.15.20

    Sound so innovative!! It’s so mesmerizing to read this

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