Chic Messy Updo Hairstyles Trends from the Runway

Messy 'dos are a total DO. 

When we’re craving new hairstyles that still look chic, we always turn to inspiration from the runway. When looking at NYFW hairstyles, you can usually find tons of messy updo styles that are stylish and easy to create. This might include messy updos, adding braids to your bun or showcasing your naturally wispy layers with abandon. Ready to rock the messy hair look? Read on to check out some of our favorite messy updo hairstyles inspired by the catwalk.

Chic Yet Messy Updo Looks to Effortlessly Throw Together

how to make messy updo with curls
Curls instantly elevate this look. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1. Curly Updo Bun

This easy updo is super simple to those with naturally curly hair. To get the messy (but not totally disheveled) look, define your natural curls. To do this, leave out a few face framing curls, and then throw the rest of your hair into a messy bun at the nape of your neck. Simple and super cute!

how to make a messy updo with fishtail braid
Somethin’s fishy with this updo! Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

2. Fishtail Braided Updo

We love the classy look of this fishtail braid updo! It takes the messy updo look to a whole new level. Create this style by making a fishtail braid with all of the length of your hair. Pull out a few little pieces of hair to get the messy style. Then, take the braid and wrap it around to create a chignon at the nape of the neck. Pin into place and set your style with the
TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Firm Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

how to create a messy updo waterfall braid
This tight style looks great on thick and thin hair. Photo credit:

3. Wispy Waterfall Braid

We love the look of chic waterfall braids! All you need to do is choose one side to pick up the new pieces of hair. The other side of the braid can’t pick up any new pieces or this braid won’t work. You can make this waterfall braid into a faux side bangs look by positioning it over your forehead. Make sure to take out small pieces to get that ethereal wispy look. To add contrast, apply a little Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel to slick down the rest of your hair! Braid all the way around and pin into a bun at the nape of your neck.

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We’re obsessed with this look. Photo credit:

4. Messy Half-Updo

To get this super easy messy half-updo, all you need to do is comb your hair forward at an angle to cross your forehead. Then, take the top half of your hair and pull it into a half up ponytail. The more you have your hair cross your face, the messier and more piecey it looks! This is a great style to spritz with a little bit of some sea salt spray to get the messy look.

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This look is a do for natural or faux curly bangs.

5. Messy Chignon

We love the simplicity of this gorgeous chignon style! You just need to separate the front section of your hair to create the faux bangs look. With the rest of your hair, pull it into a simple bun at the nape of your neck. Add in random curls to create volume and texture to the front sections of your hair. Simple yet chic.

Need more messy updo hairstyles to try? Check out these chic messy blonde bobs.