STYLEwise: The art of the ultimate messy bun

CONSIDER it one of life's ironies, but when it comes to hair, the most "undone" looks usually take the most effort and preparation.

Ever seen a celebrity glide down the red carpet with beautiful beachy waves that look perfectly imperfect or a very cool bird's nest bun that looks well, like she could have done it herself?

Of course we've seen it and as casual as it all looks we all know those perfectly tousled tresses often take hours and countless products to achieve.

Unfortunately, the struggle to master the perfect, "this is how I roll in the mornings" messy bun, can also required a massive amount of effort not to mention a carefully planned half hour prior to the peak hour traffic.

To help you visualise what I mean, pictured here is a step-by-step demonstration by the beautiful Brea illustrating how to achieve the perfect imperfect bun.

Following are also a few extra handy tips to help you on your way:

Pull your hair into a high ponytail, don't use a comb or worry about any loose strands, the look is effortless. Hold the ponytail up behind you, and tease downwards with your fingers towards the elastic until it is quite tousled.

A great time to bargain with "the bun" is after a night out in which you have already curled your hair, slept in texture is the perfect starting point, but if not you could spray in a little texture spray and braid your hair before going to bed to achieve another great look.

If your hair is clean and you want to pull off the look, spray your hair with a dry shampoo like Joico's Spray Refresh to bulk it up and add some texture and grip (without the look of grey some dry shampoos give you).

Spray with hairspray to give texture and hold.

Gather the ponytail with your hands only, no brushing, then twist it into a loose tornado look and wrap the tornado clockwise around the base of your ponytail and secure the ends with a bobby pin.

Insert your bobby pins without opening them, they grip better if just inserted straight into the hair.

Loosen up the bun with your fingers to look more textured and secure further by inserting bobby pins through the base to hold.

Loosen a few strands around the face and finish with a light mist of hairspray.

Presto it's done. Enjoy!

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