15 Best Perfectly Short Messy Hair Looks for 2019

All Things Hair | 10 May 2019

Messy hair is so in!

Short hair is not only one of the chicest styles out there, but it’s also really easy to style and manage. With this hair length you can easily rock short messy hair as you showcase your natural texture in an undone/effortlessly cool style. From short messy hair looks like pixies to texturized bobs, we’ve got you covered with our recap of some of the best messy hairdos out there.

Read on to check out our edit of short messy hairstyles:

1. Messy Pixie

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Have fun with the texture of your pixie.

Pixie cut lovers are in for a treat with this cool messy look! Although this edgy crop is messy, it’s still super stylish and chic. To achieve this lived-in ‘do, make sure that your pixie is cut shorter on the sides, as you keep the top and fringe longer. To style your short hair, all you’ll need to do is apply a small amount of some hair wax onto your hands, before messing up the top of your hair by running your fingers through it, twisting as you go.

2. Curly Pixie

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Embrace what you got with this messy ‘do.

Or maybe you want a pixie but have curls to contend with? Cool, you can still totally rock the messy short hair look by embracing your natural curls. This simple style starts by scrunching a curl-defining mousse, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse, throughout your curly top. Allow your hair to dry on its own and go about your day, looking effortlessly cool.


3. Texturized Bob

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A messy bun that’s perfectly undone. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

And if you have more length, a textured bob is the perfect short messy hair look to try. To create this style, lightly curl your hair with a curling wand, working in different directions to create the illusion of movement and mess.

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, tip your head upside down and gently run your fingers through the waves to separate them for a more lived-in finish. To complete your ‘do, lock your style in place by spraying some TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Texture Hold Level 1 onto your hair.


4. Laid-Back, Low Bun

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A get-up and go updo for the win! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Messy short hair looks aren’t always about sporting a wild mane. They can also have a hint of refinement about them, too! Perfect for those of you with shoulder-grazing bobs or lobs, the laid-back, low bun looks exactly as it sounds: laid-back. To rock this messy look, all you have to do is gather your hair into a low side ponytail. Then, using the tail of your pony, create a messy bun by folding it in half and messing it up, securing it with a hairband. To finish, pull out a few loose strands around your face, and loosen the hair on top of your head by gently tugging at a few sections.

4. Shag

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Rock some length with a shoulder-length shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This look is all about its messy texture that’s accentuated by its awesome choppy layers. Pair this messy look with an equally appealing bold fringe and you have yourself one of the hottest short haircuts out there! To style and accentuate your piecey texture, use a small amount of a hair wax as you work it in your hair, creating that lived-in look.

5. Messy Full Bangs

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Opt for a messy texture with your full bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Have fun with your full bangs and shorter cut by rocking this short messy hair look. This look is great for those with long faces as you define your cheekbones, focusing on the depth of your style.

6. Side-Swept Part

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Tousle up your lob with this messy ‘do. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another dramatic bang messy look is this cool side-swept part on shoulder-length hair. Opt for a longer fringe that you can interchange and switch up as you please. The beauty of this messy look is that you can go from an eye-grazing side-swept look to a pinned-back style, based on your daily preferences.

7. Messy Bob

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The bob isn’t just about that pin-straight look.

Sure, pin-straight bobs look fierce but we also adore their messy counterpart with this wavy style. Master waves on your short hair by checking our our short hair tutorial.

8. Beach Waves

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Evoke some major beach vibes with this messy ‘do. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another variation on the wavy style is this cool beach waves look. You can achieve this style with heat or sans heat thanks to sea salt spray like Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray. Get the full scoop on how to rock this look in our beach waves on short hair tutorial.


9. Messy Updo

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Rock this messy updo with your short hair.

Another variation on the updo is this cool messy look that’s all about thick pieces of hair that rest on the side of your face. You can opt for a messy bun or updo that you pull back, leaving out a section of your hair that you can style straight or muss it up.

10. Messy Side

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A volume-seekers dream. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re down for having a little fun with your look, this look might be just what you’re looking for. A little bit ’80s mixed with some funky volume, this look is all about being daring, edgy and fashionable. To achieve, apply some gel to your hair and then use a round brush to blow-dry your hair upward. Continue to shape your bangs until you get the volume you desire. Lock this style in with some hairspray as you rock this fierce look!

11. Bluish-Blonde Short Messy Hair

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Perfect hint of blue. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We have a thing for blue hair and this one is no exception. Give your style a gritty look by creating a desert dry texture.

12. Crimped Messy Hair

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Subtle wave effect. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

You can’t go wrong with a wavy hairstyle. Give your look more texture by adding a mussed-up feel to it.

13. Layered Short Messy Hair

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Add a few short layers into the mix to add some movement to your look.

14. Slightly Messy Bob

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The right dose of messy texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This look is perfect if you don’t want too much texture in your style. Frame your face with long textured bangs by backcombing the ends.

15. Tousled Messy Texture

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Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Tousled hair will always be one of our favorite looks. Add in some voluminous texture into the mix with the help of dry shampoo like Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Juicy Grapefruit Day 2 Dry Shampoo to remove any oil, and you’re good to go!


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