Hair How-To: Messy Side Bun with a Twist

'Oh, the tangled web we weave.'

We're always looking for a new way to craft our second-day hair. Hairstylist Kat Zemtsova (opens in new tab) luckily came to our rescue with a chic, side bun that works well for the office, but is romantic enough for drinks with that cutie from Tinder.

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(Image credit: Kathryn Wirsing/Stephanie Stanley)

This tutorial works best with second-day hair.

Step 1. Start with hair down and create a slightly messy, deep side part.

Step 2. Then, take the heavier side of hair front and loosely twist it back. Secure with a bobby pin (opens in new tab).

Step 3. Next, separate your hair into two sections, taking one section (not the side you just pinned) and twisting it.

Step 4. Then, pull the twisted section back and up. As you pin into place, ensure that the ends are pointed down towards your neck. You'll want to leave the very ends sticking out, but secure them about 1-2 inches up (or at the base of your head).

Step 5. Now, take the other section of hair and twist.

Step 6. As you pull this new twist back and pin into place, take the ends and wrap under and around the ends from the first twist you created.

Step 7. Then pin everything into place.

More Hairstyle Tutorials:

How to Actually Do a Fishtail Braid (opens in new tab)

Here's How To Create the Perfect French Twist (opens in new tab)


10 Genius Ways to Use Bobby Pins (opens in new tab)

Photos by Kathryn Wirsing/Stephanie Stanley