Hair

The Art of the Messy Bun

I consider myself a beauty enthusiast. I love makeup, skincare, nails and fashion. However, there is one aspect that I loathe and detest. My hair.

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful to have a full head of hair. I know plenty of people who due to disease or genetics, don’t have any hair and would read this blog and be like “Oh no, she didn’t!” But my love/hate relationship with my hair is more about not knowing what the hell to do with it rather than hating its mere existence.

You see, I have thick, wavy hair with a tendency to frizz at the slightest touch to humidity. Did I mention I live in South Florida? Rain and humidity is a way of life here. It is also the bane of my beauty existence because it prevents me from options. If I want to straighten my hair, I have to pray and hope that it doesn’t rain, otherwise goodbye shiny straight locks. If I decide to curl my hair with a wand, then one step outside the front door guarantees me those curls will die a quick death. Therefore, in the battle between me and Mother Nature, I end up waving my white flag and decide to do nothing and throw it into a messy bun, which is why you guys rarely see me with my hair down in my blog posts.

I’m also not going to lie. I’m pretty lazy and throwing my hair in a bun is so much easier that spending an hour trying to get it to cooperate. Call me defeated, but I don’t care. I work from home most of the time, so it’s not like I am trying to impress anyone. My husband and kids probably don’t even remember what I look like with my hair down.

I have a few go to products to create the Not So Perfect Messy Bun. The first one is a hair tie. If you have thick, long hair like me, then let me introduce you to my best friend. The Beauty 360 Ponytailers Strong Hold for Thick Hair.

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I find these at CVS and they cost about $5 for a pack of 24. They are strong, so they don’t break easily and they don’t stretch out and become all floppy. The best part is that they are wider/longer than the average hair tie, which any girl with a full head of thick hair knows, the smaller ones can be too short to get the tie around the ponytail enough times to get that hold that keeps your hair in place all day. For messy buns, these are the BEST because not only do you have enough give to hold the hair up, but also take the band around one more time to secure everything in place and prevent the ever dreaded bun droop. Nothing says loser like a droopy bun.

However, even a messy bun is not the solution, cause I have all these little baby hairs that fly all over the place and frizz even when slicked back with hair spray, which is why my second best friend, next to the hair ties, is the headband. I find that a head band can give the messy bun that added touch of fake glam. I mean, let’s face it, nothing says I didn’t try more than a messy bun, but adding a cute headband mean you tried a little harder and therefore, my friends, you are one step above the masses. I personally like these retro headbands that I get on Amazon. They cost about $8 a piece and come in a bunch of funky designs.

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Once I get the bun and head band in place, then add a spritz of your favorite hairspray and you are all set. I personally do my hair after my makeup, so the finished look is something like this.

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Not too shabby, right??

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza