If we were to try and describe the zeitgeist of now, it would involve flats (anywhere, everywhere), kale, round Ray Bans and the messy half bun.

We’re not 100% sure what officially validates something as a trend, but when everyone from Harry Styles – to Sienna Miller – to Mary-Kate jumps on board, that has to count for something, right?

You see, the whole ponytail, topknot, hair-out rigamarole has been getting kind of monotonous so we’ve been looking for other options. We’ve got a lot of love for the new dishevelled braid, but when time is of the essence, you need something quick and easy – enter the messy half bun.

The catch is, it’s all in the technique. The bun has to be the right shape, with the right amount of hair and just enough ‘messy’ to make it all look effortless.

Our beauty editor has it down-pat, so we got her to spill the beans on exactly how it’s done.

There’s a knack to it, but this technique is fail-safe.

Let’s roll…