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Welcome to Beauty In A Tik, where each week we put TikTok’s viral beauty hacks and innovative trends to the test. By now you know that TikTok’s beauty hacks are game-changing. There’s the viral five-minute face lifting trick (which takes slack skin and makes it supple), heatless hairstyling (using socks to achieve curls and waves overnight) and fake tan lip liner, which does exactly what it says on the tin. This week, the hack on every beauty-obsessed TikToker’s radar is the one-minute messy bun tutorial and unlike the app’s previous hairstyling techniques, it’s incredibly easy. The buzz makes total sense. With the world yet to open up properly, most of us are still spending a lot of our time at home, where we’re ditching heated tools like straighteners and curling wands for quick and easy updos. The messy bun is the lockdown look of (no) choice but making it look less Miss Trunchbull and more selfie-worthy is no mean feat. Until now, that is. @natalieleeish Super easy messy hair bun tutorial #hairstyle #quickhairtutorial #hairtutorial #messybuntutorial #messybun ♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) – BENEE How do you do a messy bun for long, short and medium hair? Whether your hair is long, medium or short, TikTok has a messy bun hack for you, but the majority of the fast tutorials follow the same easy steps. If your hair is just-washed or on the fine side, start by spritzing dry shampoo through your roots and ends, or use a texturising spray. Either product will give slippery hair solid grip and help the messy bun retain its shape while styling. I opted for FEKKAI Full Blown Volume Dry Texturising Spray, £22, which breathes mega volume into limp hair without the sticky feel. Also try Batiste Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo & Volume, £3.99, massaged into your roots using your fingers and brushed through, or Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray, £6.99, which doesn’t dull shine. Now for the bun. Take a hairbrush and a simple hair tie, flip your head forward and proceed to brush your hair up into a high ponytail or wherever you’d like your messy bun to sit. The trick here is not to pull the ends of your hair all the way through. Instead, make a loop at the top and use your fingers to tease the loop (which will become your bun) outwards slightly. If your hair is on the long side, you might want to wrap the ends around the loop, but those with medium or short hair can get away with leaving them out for now. @alyssarayelee easy short hair messy bun! ##hairstyle ##hairyutorial ##messybun ##BoseAllOut ♬ SUNNY DAY – Matteo Rossanese Use your hand to secure the bun at the top and take a scrunchie (best for thick hair) or another hair tie of your choice, and wrap this around the bun twice. Once you’ve done that, tease the bun with your fingers to achieve more of a messy feel. Those with shorter hair might find that the hair at the back has come loose so take a hair grip or a larger clip, twist and secure. The final step is to pull out a few tendrils of hair around your face to complete the lived-in feel. A veil of hairspray will keep your bun in place for longer but that’s optional. @jacquelinekilikita This 1 minute ##messybun hack is so simple and can be adapted for all lengths. ##messybunhack ##hairstyles ##hairhack ##hair ##beautyhacks ##hairtutorial ♬ Break My Heart – Dua Lipa Does TikTok’s one-minute messy bun hack actually work? Surprisingly, yes! It’s also the easiest messy bun hack on the app, in my opinion, as others appear a little too fiddly or require lots more tools. This one consists of minimal steps and is great for all hair types and lengths. Previously, I’d avoided the messy bun (or any updo) entirely because I’d really struggled to nail it. My hair always ended up unravelling or stray flyaways would ruin the look but the loop trick is genius and my hair stayed in place all day. I think I’m finally sold on updos and I’ll absolutely use this hack to give my hair a day off from the straighteners. I have a few extra tips and tricks for getting it right. If you have layers in your hair, it might be a good idea to pin a few hair grips in place to prevent any spiky pieces of hair from popping up around the bun itself. That said, it only adds to the accidentally perfect feel and a look like this shouldn’t be too uniform, anyway. If your hair is bob-length, make like TikToker Lyss and just use a single scrunchie. You also want to ace your hair tools. I have a lot of hair so I used the ghd Paddle Brush, £21.95, which is a must for long, thick hair types. The large surface area makes light work of styling. Also try the KENT Brushes Large Natural Bristle & Nylon Paddle Brush, £11, which combines bristles and nylon pins so that it doesn’t tug at hair. Finally, I’ve noticed that TikTokers like a ’90s scrunchie but they absolutely love no-crease hair ties, such as Invisibobble, £4.99 for three. As they don’t snag or leave kinks and bends on strands, you can take them out easily and your hair will look the same as it did before you styled it, rather than crinkled or tangled, as is the case with updos. I’m sold on this hack for a low-maintenance at-home hairstyle and I bet it’ll be my go-to come summer when I prefer to wear my hair up. It’s official: beauty TikTok is the gift that keeps on giving. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. 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The anticipated increase in demand for plastic surgery in the wake of the pandemic is a phenomenon surgeons are calling the “Zoom boom.” Experts are finding that, when we stare at our own reflections all the time through mirrored video conferencing, we become hyper-aware of how tired we look — or, rather, feel like we look — and thus consider cosmetic tweaks like Botox to address it. While Botox has its merits, before scheduling a consult with a surgeon, you may want to first think about your eyebrows. As New York City-based brow artist Joey Healy recently convinced me, when your brows have reached their full potential — shaped, tinted, and lifted to personal perfection — you might not feel the need for any needles at all. Healy clarifies that “Browtox” is not an injectable trend, but instead an emphasis on the “lifting” component of eyebrow shaping. “Regardless of what people are looking for in shape, the ‘lift’ is always a really important component,” he tells me during my consult. “As time goes on, we age and the brows lower, which is part of what makes people look tired, and why they might think about a Botox brow lift. But in my experience, brow shaping can mimic Botox. Having a great brow pulls attention upwards. It’s similar to curling your eyelashes and putting on mascara — it opens the face up.” With “Browtox” shaping, it’s helpful to think of the brow bone like your cheekbone; you’re almost contouring it through the tweezing process. So first, feel where your brow bone is. “It sounds morbid to say, but we use the skull to figure out a person’s best, most natural brow shape,” Healy says. “The brow should be firmly on brow bone, not slipping under it at all. Then, it’s about selectively removing hair to reveal the skin of the brow bone to create an arch which, for most people, floats about two-thirds of the way outside of the brow.” To refine the shape, Healy recommends using tweezers as opposed to wax or threading for precision hair removal. This method allows you to move slower, work hair by hair, and stop before going too thin. “You should first clean around the perimeter of the brow, the stray hair growing in the temple or forehead area,” he instructs. “But with lifting, most of the focus will be on removing the hair underneath the brow. You don’t want to let the tail go willy-nilly. It’s important to have a crisp, tapered tail that almost mimics the lift of your cheekbones. You can get there by tweezing a nice line under the tail of the brow to give it maximum lift.” If brow shape is your foundation, proper styling is like the arch warranty. “Everyone needs a clear brow gel,” Healy says. “Use it to comb your brows up to get that feathery, fluffy look, specifically in the front. Especially if you have thick, dark brows, if they’re combed up, instead of over, it will raise the eye up.” Then, if you need to fill in sparse areas, use a pencil or a powder, but focus the pigment on the uppermost hairs. “Sometimes, people use a pencil to fill in the bottom part of the brow, because they’re desperate to get that sharp line between hair and skin, but that actually makes the brow look heavier,” Healy says. “Instead, use your pencil to accentuate the top peak of the brow.” Finally, you want to use a cream concealer or a matte highlighter right under the arch of the brow. “Formula is important,” Healy tells me. “Eyeshadow can look powdery, highlighter can be too glittery, but a cream that’s substantially lighter than your skin tone will give you that barely-there glow to the brow bone and call attention to the arch without looking obvious.” If you’re looking for formula recommendations, Healy makes a good brow-specific highlighter that I’ve been loving. After a proper 45-minute shaping from a brow professional and a three-piece take-home toolkit (and expert instructions), my brows have never looked fuller or more lifted at the same time. I’m still tired, and don’t love my reflection on Google Meet — but I have to think I’m sleeping a little better knowing that I saved myself about $1,000 (approximately £719) this month, the average cost of a Botox brow lift in New York City. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I Got An Ombré Powder Brow TreatmentSpilanthol Is The Natural Equivalent To BotoxMicroshading Is The New Microblading For Brows
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