How to Wear a Hair Scarf In a Messy Bun | Tutorial
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It’s official. I’m declaring this the summer of the hair scarf or hair bandana or headband. Whatever you want to call them, I’m declaring it the summer of that. It’s no secret that wearing headbands and bows and scarves in my hair has been something I’ve been a huge fan of for years, so I’m thrilled that it’s becoming such a trend. I remember when my hair started growing back in after chemo and it was still too short to do anything, so my mom got me a pack of baby bow headbands and that’s all I wore for months. It was SO fun to have something to wear in my hair again and it really helped me gain a tiny bit of normalcy after such a rough year of being “that girl with cancer.”
So. I guess you can say that bows and headbands are kind of my jam. They remind me of hope – hope that better days will come and that the sun will always shine after a storm. That hair grows back and that things get better. Bows and headbands, girlfriend. If you need a little extra pep in your step and your red lipstick just isn’t cutting it, throw a scarf in your hair. It makes everything a little more vibrant.
One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf in my hair? In my messy bun, of course. Being able to put my hair up into a big messy bun was one of the things I missed the most when my hair was growing back and now that I have it back, I rock messy buns a LOT… because I can. However, making a messy bun work appropriate can be a little tricky, so that’s why I love wearing a hair scarf in mine. It jazzes them up and makes any messy bun look more chic and put together. I put a step-by-step tutorial to show how I get my scarf into my bun because it took me a hot second to figure it out and I don’t want anyone else to struggle like I did!
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How to Wear a Hair Scarf in a Messy Bun
- I first start by spraying some dry shampoo into my bangs and the hair at the crown of my head to give a little extra volume and texture. I always struggle with getting and keeping volume in my messy buns and ponytails and I’ve found that this is the best way to get a little extra oomph in my hair without weighing it down with product.
- Next, I take my bangs and the hair at the top of my head and loosely pull it back towards the back of my head. Before I pin it, I always push it forward towards my forehead a little to help it get a little extra volume. I secure this hair with two bobby pins to keep the volume in place!
3. Time for a hair flip! I flip my head down and gather all my hair into a ponytail before flipping my head back up. I smooth the hair into place (usually with my hands but if I have something extremely funky, I’ll use my brush to smooth it out.
4. Okay, it’s messy bun time. I make my messy buns by pulling my hair through the ponytail halfway the first time and then grabbing the ends of my hair and flipping them up and on top of the half ponytail as I wrap the hair tie around it all the second time. That sounds confusing (because it is) so make sure you check out my IGTV video on how I get my messy bun! This will be really messy, big, and floppy, and that’s okay! We’ll pin it in place once we get our hair scarf in!
5. Because we want the little knot/bow of the hair scarf to be on the top of the messy bun, I wrap it around my bun so that they cross over each other underneath the bun. This is an important detail to note about this hairstyle because the first few times I attempted it, I would wrap it underneath my bun so that I was crossing them over at the top and not getting the knot to be where I wanted it to be. Again, if this is confusing, please consult the video below!
6. After tying the scarf in place, it’s time to secure the bun! I pull apart my bun and place where I want the hair to fall and use some bobby pins to pin it into place
7. I finish off with a tiny bit of hairspray (a light hold so that my hair doesn’t get crunchy) and ta-da! I’m wearing a hair scarf in a messy bun.
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