Messy updo hairstyles exude that perfectly laid-back vibe that is all about ease and effortlessness. Not only is it a great casual style, it’s a reliable go-to whenever you don’t have time to whip up an elaborate hairdo. With just a little bit of thought and inspiration, though, you can transform the messy updo hairstyle into a chic after-work look or even an elegant but fun cocktail party ensemble. Here are a few examples of classic messy updo hairstyles for you to choose from!
4 Effortless and chic messy updo hairstyles
It doesn’t matter whether or not you have long or short hair, the top knot hairstyle is one of the most basic but chic looks you need to have in your everyday hair repertoire. Its tousled and uncombed texture is intentional, allowing strands of your hair to frame your face and soften the tight bundling up on top.
Editor’s Tip: To complete the woke-up-like-this vibe, spray some TONI&GUY Matte Texture Dry Shampoo on your bedhead hair before bunching it up into a top knot. The dry shampoo will give you extra grip and coat your strands with definition and volume, ensuring loose hair won’t lie limply on your face.
Low and loose
This simple messy updo variation can take your bun down low and immediately make you look more relaxed and casual. The low ponytail combined with a messy bun works wonders for a sexy, effortless hairstyle that is acceptable in both the boardroom and the bar.
Editor’s Tip: This is probably instinctive to you by now: Running your fingers down your hair and putting them together in a low, loose bun. For added texture, spritz some TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray to get that model-off-duty vibe.
It’s no surprise that braids have made it to this hair inspiration list. From romantic braids to powerful goddess braids, the hairstyle succeeds in keeping strands away from the face but working double time in creating visual textures on your hair.
Tucks and folds
Last but not the least let’s look at the Gibson Tuck of the Victorian era — a hairstyle period known for volume and mass on their coifs! It incorporates simple techniques such as folding and twisting, allowing the hair to move naturally around the shape of the face while keeping hair away from the nape.
Editor’s Tip: Keep tucks and folds in place with a moderate application of TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray. With the strength of its hold, it really only takes a few spritzes to keep this updo (and all its natural messiness) in place.