The messy hair trend wasn’t always stylish. Back in the day, our mothers made sure our hairstyles were well-kept, never letting us out the door with a single strand out of place. Little did they know we’d grow up to become the women that we are now, staying a few extra minutes in front of the mirror to add a couple more loose strands all over. They must be disappointed (and let’s not even get started with grandma!).
There’s something about the messy hair trend that makes it irresistibly charming, and we’re not surprised at how runways and red carpets are never short of bed-head looks season after season after season. Messy hairstyles are chic and sexy, and at the same time, they give a fresh, playful vibe.
It’s also worth mentioning that it’s the best camouflage for your unbrushed (or unwashed) hair, so if you’re in a hurry, you can just throw your hair up in a tousled ‘do and nobody would know you didn’t have time to whip up a super polished look.
This style actually works with anything—you just pull a few strands loose from whatever hairstyle you’re wearing, and you’re instantly 10 times chicer. But we’d still like to show you some of the messy hair looks we are totally smitten by. We have a feeling you’ll be spending the next few days trying to recreate these looks.
Rock the Messy Hair Trend With These Looks
1. Messy High Ponytail
This one involves beautiful beachy waves, so if you want to get the look, learn how to curl your hair like this with this tutorial, then when the waves are nice and set, carelessly put it up in a high ponytail. Leave a few loose strands on the sides to frame your face and gently shake the tail of your pony.
2. Messy Low Ponytail
If you can wear it high, you can wear it low! For this messy hairstyle, just gather your hair on your nape (or a few centimeters above it), tie it with a hair tie, and leave strands of hair loose.
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3. Messy Ponytail with Messy Bangs
Are your bangs misbehaving? Leave them messy, too! Just finger-comb the rest of your hair, tie it, and keep your bangs wispy. No need to smoothen your hair and fringe with a comb!
4. Messy Top Bun
5. Scrunched Hair
Not in the mood to put your hair up? Just finger-comb it, scrunch it, and spritz it with a texturizing spray. If you have flat and limp hair, you can create loose waves using a curling iron to add a bit of volume before scrunching it. Don’t worry if your waves look messy, because that’s the whole point of this hairstyle.
Editor’s tip: Nail any textured look with TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Texture Hold. It gives your hair a light, invisible hold that helps make your tousled hairstyle last. It dries quickly and is humidity-resistant, so your hair won’t fall flat.
6. Messy Low Bun with Headband Braid
A messy low bun is one of the easiest messy hairstyles out there. And if you want to make it look more charming, add a headband braid. Just part your hair at the center, braid a small section of hair on each side, and put the rest of your hair into a low bun.
7. Messy Layered Bob
Got layered short hair? This messy hairstyle. It adds texture to your hair and helps make your layers look more defined.
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8. Messy Side Braid with Headband
9. Messy Textured Pixie
Don’t we just love this messy pixie hairstyle? It’s definitely one of the messy hair trends that has everyone going ga-ga over it. This hairstyle can be worn anywhere, any day, and is especially nice if you keep the front section of your hair long.
10. Messy Half-Up Top Knot for Short Hair
On days when you want hair off your face, simply pull back a section of hair from your temples up to your crown. Then, form a bun with an elastic or a hair tie.
11. Tousled Hair with Hair Studs
This is another messy hair idea for short and medium-length hair. To create this hairstyle, part your hair on one side and add messy waves using a curling iron or through heatless hair curling hacks. Then, add hair studs or small hairpieces randomly on the side with less hair.
12. Messy Fishtail Braid
Haven’t mastered the art of braiding yet? Don’t worry, because this hairstyle no such thing. To create a fishtail braid, divide your hair into two sections. Then, take a small lock of hair from the left section and cross it over to the center. Then, take another small lock of hair from the right section, and cross it over to the center a well. Keep going until you reach the tips, and if some strands come loose as you go along, just let them be. The result is a chic messy fishtail braid!
13. Messy Layered Hair with Headband
With a headband accessorizing your messy hair, no one would notice that you’re having a bad hair day!
14. Messy Twisted Half Updo
Go for this messy half updo when you want a messy shoulder-length hairstyle. It can look casual or formal, depending on how much hair you leave loose.
15. Side Messy Bun
Just like the messy top bun, you can easily pull off this hairstyle which is one of the best and effortless messy hair trends. Instead of putting up your hair into a top bun, just put it low and on one side. Let the loose strands fall freely around your face to give you a more relaxed look.