Want hair as good as Kim Kardashian‘s? No problem. The guy responsible for her hair at last year’s Met Gala — and her wedding! — shows us exactly how to recreate one of her favorite looks — the messy bun.
In the video below, Chris McMillan, Living Proof’s hairstylist to the stars (such as Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift to name a few), lets us in on the secrets for achieving the look, which is a departure from Kim’s usual slicked buns and ponies. The classic high ballerina bun with an edgy twist was actually chosen by McMillan himself.
“I was like, let’s just do a messy bun — the hair’s always glossy and shiny and parted,” he shares about how he and Kardashian decided on her Met Gala style. “With Kim, I really like to play and try new things.”
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1. Start with the right base
To get the look, McMillan advises starting with unwashed (yes, day three is perfect) textured hair, and a super-tight ponytail — which he likes to place “pretty high”, or exactly where you want the bun to sit.
2. Steer clear of a “perfect” pony
The secret to the perfectly messy look? Keeping all of the bumps and fly-aways that we’ve been taught all of our ponytail-wearing lives to get rid of. “I pulled [the hair] around her hairline,” he says. “I just pinched it and pulled it — the bumps are kind of nice, it’s not too perfect.”
3. Pin as you go
After twisting the ponytail, McMillan begins to place the bun and secure it — but not all at once. “I’m working my way around,” he explains. “I’m not putting it in and then pinning it, what I’m doing is I’m pinning as I go.” And if at first you don’t succeed, McMillan gives us his permission to try again.
4. Mess it up
Fly-aways? Keep them. Baby hairs? Fluff them “Go with your own hair,” he says. So wherever you think it needs a little roughed-up texture, go for it — which is exactly what he did for Kim.
But if there’s one thing you take away from this, let it be McMillan’s words of wisdom: “Un-precious hair like this is perfect.”
What do you think of the look? Would you try it? Tell us below!
— Jillian Ruffo