How to Do a Messy Side Bun Hairstyle for Short Hair

By Tabitha Harwell

Just because you have short hair does not mean you cannot do a side bun. While the basic concept of the side bun is the same with short hair, the way it is formed is slightly different than the long hair version. The side bun, also called a chignon, became popular in the 1920s and has since remained the go-to style for a chic, yet elegant look. The more trendy version of the side bun is created by messing it up slightly so the style is tousled and fluffy versus the classic straight-back style. Once you master the style, wear it to the side for a casual day-to-night hairdo.

Add panache to the messy side bun with headbands or other hair accents.

Step 1

Wash hair with a shampoo that is tailored to your hair type. Skip the in-shower conditioner because it will create a silky texture to your hair.

Step 2

Spray on a leave-in conditioner to work out tangles. Comb through your hair to distribute the conditioner evenly.

Step 3

Towel dry hair gently. Avoid rubbing your hair because this will cause the hair to break. Stop drying once the hair reaches a damp consistency.

Step 4

Apply a quarter-size amount of styling gel to your palm and rub hands together. Apply the gel to your hair working from the tips of the hair to the roots. Comb through to distribute evenly.

Step 5

Comb your hair to the side of your head. As you comb, gather all the hair with one hand. Use the comb to smooth the back of the hair so that you have smooth, sleek hair at the opposite side of the bun and the back of your head.

Step 6

Comb the top section of your hair to the side. Do not pull the crown section back and to the side with the rest of the hair. The crown section will need to curve over the top of your head. This portion of the hair will poof near the end.

Step 7

Use a bobby pin or curved clip to secure any hairs that are too short to reach around the back of your head.

Step 8

Secure the side hair into a short ponytail. Pull the ponytail outward as much as possible and begin to twist the hair in a clockwise motion. Keep twisting until the hair begins to curl downward, around the ponytail holder. Wrap the hair around the ponytail holder and secure with bobby pins.

Step 9

Insert the long end of the comb into the area between the ponytail holder and the crown of your head. Pull upward slightly. Use the comb and your fingers to create a messy appearance by pulling out a few strands.

Step 10

Rub a small amount of pomade into your fingertips. Apply the pomade to the small spiky strands that are sticking out from the bun. Spray the hair with heavy-hold hairspray to secure.