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How to Create the Perfect Messy Bun

Now that this ultimate lazy-day hairstyle is officially Karl Lagerfeld-approved and all.
Photo: @sophiaesperanza/Instagram

Photo: @sophiaesperanza/Instagram

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Give me a beauty trend that enables me to be insanely lazy — what up, dry shampoo? — and I'm an inevitable fan. I was quite thrilled to see fashion embracing the ultimate lazy hairstyle, the messy bun, at Paris Fashion Week. Thanks for making my post-gym hair officially acceptable to fancy, tweed-wearing folk, Karl Lagerfeld!

Of course, there was a certain elegance to the messy bun from Chanel's runway; the topknot was voluminous and placed perfectly at the crown of the head, with sections poking out randomly, yet with intention. If you found yourself looking at photos of Kaia Gerber's Chanel show hair wondering why your own messy buns never looks remotely close to that, we're here to help. Or rather, beauty vlogger and fitness model (which means she wears messy buns a lot) Sophia Miacova, who created this YouTube tutorial, is.

(Sam McKnight, the hairstylist behind the Chanel look, also posted his own hyperlapse video to Instagram, if you're in the mood for a lighting-round tutorial.)

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Note that this is a messy bun tutorial for long hair, and this style tends to be most feasible for anyone with strands that are collarbone-length or longer. (Even many of the Chanel models wore extensions to bulk up the heft of the buns.) Miacova's technique involves starting with a half-up knot, using three hair ties and having a method to all the messiness. It's super simple — and super-effective for creating that perfectly piece-y, Chanel-worthy type of messy bun.

Watch the full video below.

Homepage photo: @sophiaesperanza/Instagram

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