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Pamela Anderson’s Signature Messy Bun Hairstyle Tutorial

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Everyone wants a piece of ’90s beauty right now. From the supermodel lip look to the bouncy, fluffy blowouts (and even barbed-wire tattoos), everything old is new again. Hulu’s “Pam and Tommy” has also inspired a few throwback trends. With Lily James’ incredible transformation into Pamela Anderson, it sparked a resurgence of some of her most noteworthy beauty moments.

“Everyone is obsessed with Pamela Anderson’s fierce ’90s beauty these days and for good reason — it’s iconic,” says Clayton Hawkins, the go-to hairstylist of Olivia Rodrigo, Dove Cameron, and more. While Anderson’s entire look is undoubtedly well-known, there’s one hairstyle in particular that’s gaining a lot of attention right now: “Her classic messy bun is gonna be everywhere this summer.”

Anderson’s messy bun has all of the makings of a major hairstyle trend — it’s effortless, carefree, and simply cool. Because buns are often our go-to style for keeping our hair off our necks during the warmer months, Hawkins is sharing a tutorial for recreating Anderson’s signature messy bun hairstyle ahead.

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 796 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Pamela Anderson during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 2, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret C. Norton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)Image Source: Getty/ Margaret C. Norton

Step 1: Curl Your Hair
For this messy bun, you’ll want to start by curling your hair with a 1.5-inch iron (if you have naturally curly or coily hair, you can skip this step). “These are not beach waves so don’t leave the ends straight — you want bouncy ringlets,” says Hawkins.

Step 2: Add Texture Spray For Volume
You don’t want super clean or sleek hair for this style. To get the volume that Anderson has, spray your hair with a generous amount of a texturizing spray — Hawkins recommends the Living Proof Dry Volume and Texture Spray ($32) — to add “grit and texture.”

Step 3: Pull Your Hair Into a Ponytail
Now that your hair is prepped and ready, it’s time to pull it up into a ponytail. “Loosely throw your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a Goody Ouchless Elastic ($4),” says Hawkins. “Once it’s secured, add a second elastic around it but create a looped bun, leaving the ends sticking out.”

Step 4: Pull Apart the Bun and Secure It With Pins
Once your hair is up in a looped bun you want to zhuzh it a bit to get that messy, undone look. Grab some bobby pins, like the Goody Slideproof Bobby Pins ($9), and “messily pull apart the bun, securing with pins any way you like.” There’s no right or wrong way to do this step — continue to pull our pieces of hair and pin them into the bun until you get your desired look. Then, lock it in with some hairspray, like the Garnier Fructis Style Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($4). “Bonus points if you have bangs,” says Hawkins.

Hair Tutorial For Pamela Anderson’s Messy Bun Hairstyle