How To Do a Messy Bun with Thin Hair?

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I love how messy bun looks, however, I wasn’t that fortunate to have a voluminous hair that will make it easy to pull out this hairstyle. If you have thin hair like me, and you want to learn how to make a messy bun, stay with me. I will show you how to get results that will make you feel both glamorous and comfortable.

How To Do a Messy Bun with Thin Hair without Donut?

First and foremost, you have to prepare yourself. And by that I mean choose the right styling products.

You will need a wide-tooth comb, a soft brush, and an elastic hair holder. I suggest that you buy a holder with a metal clasp in order to avoid hair damage. Also, make sure that you do not wash your hair for two days.

A messy bun looks the best if you do it at least two days after washing and conditioning your hair.

If you want to achieve a more sophisticated look, choose a light-weight mousse that will let your hair to be easily pliable but still look natural and soft. For more body,  buy a mousse with a volumizing agent.

This will be written on the bottle. If your hair is fine and soft or you prefer your messy bun up-do to last for a longer period, choose a hairspray that will help you ensure your new hairstyle stays in place.

If you want to achieve a more natural look, a hairspray with a micro-fine mist for minimal build-up that you can use many times without washing your hair is a perfect choice.

If you want a more extreme edgy look, pick a hairspray that offers massive volume without making your hair stiff. If your hair is freshly washed or you have very soft hair, you can either use hair salt spray to give it more texture or dry shampoo.

If you want to add some sophistication, glamour or originality to your messy bun, I suggest that you buy decorative flowers, decorative hair clips, plain bobby pins, bling gem-studded hairpins or other items to decorate. When searching for these items, remember to choose something classy, elegant, and delicate.

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Making a simple messy bun

Make a simple, elegant and fast look. Comb through your hair with your fingers and bring it to the side or back of your head into a ponytail. Have your elastic hair holder or rubber-band within reach.

You can put it around your wrist. As you make your ponytail, wrap the hair holder around the entire hair until it feels secure. However, make sure that it is not too tight. Otherwise, you might experience a headache.

Pull the bun up and spin it into a single strip. After, wrap it around the hair holder and put the end back under the holder. You can also make this with the last wrap of the holder when making the ponytail. It is how I always do it.

Leave a big bouncy loop of hair. Pull this bouncy leftover through the holder in order to make your bun larger. Also, allow some of the strands to fall through for the popular messy hairstyle.

Handle the sides of the bun and extend the bun’s range by delicately destroying the pushes out to the sides. Specifically, pull on the focal point of the loop to provide an, even more, a U shape.

Force the ends staying through the underside of the holder to one side and right with the goal that they’re more flared out against your head. Fold any undesirable fallen strands again into the holder.

If you want, fold a few free strands over the holder and pin them with a bobby pin. If you want a higher bun, use your hands to gather your hair after flipping it upside down. This will add volume to the hair and eliminate the bumps.

How To Make a Big Bun with Thin Hair?

If you have thin hair like me, don’t get disappointed because you can still make a messy bun. First, your hair needs to be gathered into a ponytail at the top of your hair with a holder. Next, pull and loosen your hairpiece by piece on top and sides of your head in order to add a messy volume to your new hairstyle.

Tighten your ponytail as you go after you pull out pieces. Also, make sure to pull a few tendrils out. Put the donut around the base of your ponytail. Also, make sure it is going through the center of the donut. 

Wrap your ponytail around the donut holding hair in place to make sure it covers it. Leave the ends out, and secure the bun with a holder all the way around the donut. Finally, pull out pieces to create volume.

How Do You Do a Donut Bun with Long Hair?

First, you need to add some texture to your hair. You can use a wand or smoothing iron. This will make the pieces left out some waves. It will also help stray layers to blend with the bun better.

Next, brush the hair up to a high ponytail or however, you want your bun to stay on your head. Leave out pieces around your face if you have short layers. This will give your messy bun style and frame.

Use your “donut”. Put it at the base of your ponytail. Let your hair to come all the way through it. Next, spread your hair around.

Hide it under your locks. Use fingers to slide your hair around and under the donut and push it all in the same direction. Twist it around itself.

Take a few bobby pins in order to secure your messy bun. In order to make your bun more original, you can use decorative pins and flowers and wear your bun with pride.

How to Add Volume to Thin Hair?

If your hair is naturally thin, it can be a little hard to give it volume and keep it looking how you want it after leaving your home each morning.

However, I have some good news. You can add volume to thin hair if you apply these few tips. I have thin hair as well, so trust me when I say, I know what I am doing.

Tip 1: Play with your hair’s length

Professionals say that people with thin hair shouldn’t cut their hair lower than their shoulders. This is a piece of good advice. Short hairstyles give the impression of greater volume. Also, shorter hair is easier to style, wash, and maintain. So, if you have thin, long hair, don’t hesitate to choose volume over length.

Tip 2: Try a multi-layered hairstyle

Multi-layered hairstyles also give the impression of more volume. If you want to add volume or life to your hair, don’t think twice about getting a multi-layered hairstyle. It suits every type of hair and face.

Tip 3: Change the color of your hair

Adding some colors can also add volume to your hair. It will be a visual volume but still, it is better than no volume at all. You can go with the usual highlights or the popular method which includes using many shades of one color. This is also a great way to express the creative side of your personality.

Tip 4: Wash your hair properly

Washing your hair the right way can help you add more volume. According to my research, if you follow these tips, you’ll add volume to your hair in no time. Most of them include using the right hair products.

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Step 1: Use hot water

Washing your hair with hot water will open your cuticles. This is great because you can remove any dirt or hair product stuck in your hair.

If you wash your hair with warm water, it releases the oils through the scalp. It also opens the cuticles, so they can absorb the oil. This will make your hair look thin and lifeless.

Step 2: Use shampoo only to the roots

After, spread the rest through your entire hair. The ends of your hair are more brittle and drier. Rubbing them isn’t recommended. This will also lift your roots and make sure that your hair gets enough volume.

Step 3: Use a mask or conditioner only along the length of your hair

Otherwise, applying a mask or conditioner on your roots will make them heavier. Also, moisturizing hair products will flatten out your hair if not used properly, so never leave your mask longer than suggested.

Step 4: Wash your scalp regularly

This will improve blood circulation and help you remove the dead cells that make your hair look lifeless.

Step 5: Don’t wash your hair every day

Otherwise, you will remove the protective layer and get weaker, thinner hair without any volume. If you feel the need to wash your hair frequently because you think it feels dirty every day, use a dry shampoo.

Tip 5: Lift up your roots

You can use hair tongs or special sprays. You can also use regular hairpins to lift up your roots and add volume to your hair. Just put them on wet hair and let it dry before you remove them.

Your hair will look natural while your roots will be slightly raised. Watch this YouTube tutorial on how to lift up your roots.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article will teach you how to make a messy bun with and without a donut. I also wrote a few tips on how to add volume to thin hair. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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