We’ve all been there – staring hopelessly at yourself in the mirror, defeated and frustrated, surrounded by an arsenal of failed hair products. That’s right, we’re talking about the battle of bad hair days. But, before you pull a Britney and reach for the clippers, fear not – because our fast and favorite up-do has come to the rescue. The “messy bun hairstyle” is no longer reserved for lazy college girls in sweatpants; and in fact, has become a chic hair staple. Whether you’re looking for a high, low, or half-up look, we’ve gathered some of the most gorgeous and top-knotch (sorry, had to) photos to inspire you the next time your locks call “S.O.S. ”
1. The Messy Top Knot
This go-to-do covers pretty much all the bad hair day bases – whether your locks are a bit too dirty or just not doing what you want, the messy top-knot is the perfect solution. And the best part? The messier, the better. What we love about this look is the effortless, “I woke up like this” vibe. To create this ‘do, all you’ll need is 5 minutes, a hair elastic and handful of bobby pins. Start by pulling your hair up into a high, messy ponytail, securing it with the elastic. For more “mess”, make sure to loosen up some of the hair strands under the elastic. Next, grab the end of your ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic, securing the strands in place with bobby pins as you wish. Add hairspray for extra hold, and voila! You’ve got an easy, chic updo.
2. The Chignon
Consider this look the low-rider version of the top knot. Just as tousled and just as easy, yet slightly more sophisticated, this option is also great for hair not quite long enough to pull into a high bun.
3. The Half-Up Knot
Undoubtedly the trendiest of the 3 ‘dos, the half-up knot has taken 2014 by storm. Seen on bloggers and celebrities alike, this look is a perfect compromise for when you face the always challenging dilemma of “up? or down?”