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How to nail the elusive messy bun hairstyle once and for all

It's having a moment — again — so here's how to finally get it right.

It's having a moment — again — so here's how to finally get it right

A few weeks ago, soon-to-be-Duchess Meghan Markle made headlines worldwide by breaking royal protocol and wearing her hair in — gasp! — a messy bun, while attending her first official outing with fiancé Prince Harry. Clearly a favourite of the former Suits star (she's already rocked the look a second time this year), the messy bun hairstyle has long been a go-to for those of us who may not have the time, or the desire, to straighten, curl or even tame our locks on a given morning. However, as versatile and seemingly effortless as the style is, it can be quite elusive. Finding the balance between messy-chic and downright downshevled is no joke — and getting that ponytail twist down on the first try isn't either. So, we're breaking it all down with a tutorial that'll help you nail this princess-worthy hairdo in just six simple steps. Royal fiancé not included (sorry).   

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Here's how to do it:

  1. Pull the hair into a high ponytail.
  2. Carefully twist the ponytail around your finger until the start of your bun begins to form.
  3. Wrap the rest of your hair around the base until it is all twisted into the shape of a bun.
  4. Secure your bun with an elastic.
  5. Use bobby pins to fend off any flyaways and give your bun some extra security.
  6. Pull out and loosen strands near the front of your face to get that "messy" look.