10 Messy Hair Trends for Women in 2021

Messy hair, don’t care!  

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 running late in the morning, you can just throw your hair up in a tousled ‘do and nobody would know you’re sporting what is called the hit-snooze-button-too-many-times 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 days trying to recreate these looks.

1. Messy High Ponytail

messy hair messy ponytailThis 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 Updo

messy hair updo

Instead of going for a polished, fancy updo for formal occasions, why don’t you shake things up and add a bit of fun to your hair? Pull a few strands loose from your chignon but keep the right amount of elegance to your look by adorning it with an embellished headpiece.

Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to mist it with TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to keep your updo up there. You want it just a bit messy, not completely undone.

3. Messy Low Bun

messy hair messy low bun

Here’s something you can wear every day, whether to school, work or days and nights out with your girls (or boy!). Just create a low bun with loose strands all over the place. It’s very chic and laidback and a breeze to style!

4. Messy Fishtail Side Braidmessy hair trends: girl is wearing a hat on her messy fishtail braid

Accentuate your fishtail braid with a hat. Credit: ShutterstockThis look’s got everything we want in a hairstyle: side-part, side braid, and a pretty fishtail plait! To get this look, part your hair on one side, throw the rest of the length over the other and start braiding at the nape area. Secure the end with an elastic, and ta-da! You’re done—and gorgeous!

5. Piecey Down ‘Do

messy hair down do

Not a fan of updos? No worries, you can enjoy the trend even with your hair down. Detangle your hair with a brush, and when it’s knot-free, spray it with sea salt spray and blow dry (without using a comb or brush) to separate the strands and give it a natural, tousled movement.

Editor’s tip: Nail any messy hairstyle with the help of TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. It adds body and texture to your tousled ‘do to make it messy-chic.

6. Messy Faux Hawk

Asian girl is facing the camera, wearing a white top and a choker necklace to emphasize one of the messy hair trends
Look great with a faux hawk hair. Credit: Hariono Halim

Whoever said the faux hawk is only a man’s hairstyle? It definitely has a woman version which looks great as a hairstyle for evening parties and even office events. It is especially suitable for women with long hair as you need to put your hair up. People will surely love your hairstyle and would love to have a tutorial with you.

Editor’s tip: Stop worrying about your hair by adding a few spritzes of VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray to keep it in place for a longer time. It won’t feel heavy and greasy at all. 

7. Messy Textured Pixie

Messy hair trends: Model is looking at the camera, wearing a white top and a messy pixie hair
Yes, the pixie is getting a nice messy look. Credit: Shutterstock

Don’t we just love this messy pixie hairstyle? It’s definitely one of the messy hair trends that’s really popular and has everyone going ga-ga over it. This hair can be worn anywhere, any day, and is especially nice if you keep the front part of your hair long.

8. Messy Twisted Half Updo

Asian girl has her back to the camera and but she is looking sideways
The half updo is another great messy hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

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.

9. Messy Top Bun

Asian woman with a messy bun wearing a striped shirt and denim pants
This no-fuss hairstyle is a favorite on busy and lazy days. Credit: Hariono Halim

Whenever you have a long and busy day ahead, this messy hairstyle saves the day. You don’t even need a hairbrush to achieve this style. Just finger-comb your hair and put it up.

Editor’s tip: Skipped a hair wash because of your busy day? Spritz TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo on your hair to get rid of excess oil and dirt. This dry shampoo can also give a bit of body to your messy ‘do.

10. Side Messy Bun

messy hair trends: Asian girl is looking at an angle and has her hair in a messy side bun
This hairstyle is suitable for any affair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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.

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You can tell mom that the messy hair trend is not so bad. Or just show her this article!




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