Short Hairstyles

Short Messy Hair: 10 Perfectly Undone Looks

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All Things Hair

Messy hair is so in! Get inspired by our collection of short hairstyles for messy hair that you can rock with ease.

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 messy updos to pixies, and texturized bobs, we’ve got you covered with our recap of some of the best messy hairdos out there. Read on to check out nine of awesome and really fun short messy hairstyles.

10 Short Messy Hairstyles: Rock the Messy Look with Ease

short messy hair messy pixie
Have fun with the texture of your pixie.

1. Messy 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.

short messy hair with a curly pixie
Embrace what you got with this messy ‘do.

2. Curly Pixie

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 the 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.

short messy hair ideas: messy bob
A messy bun that’s perfectly undone. Photo credit:

3. Texturized Bob

And if you have more length, a textured bob is the perfect look to try out this year. 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 TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray onto your hair.

short messy hair: updo
A get-up and go updo for the win! Photo credit:

4. Laid-Back, Low Bun

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.

short messy hair: shag
Rock some length with a shoulder-length shag. Photo credit:

4. Shag

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 for 2017 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.

short messy hair: bangs
Opt for a messy texture with your full bangs. Photo credit:

5. Messy Full Bangs

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

short messy hair: lob
Tousle up your lob with this messy ‘do. Photo credit:

6. Side-Swept Part

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.

short messy hair wavy bob
The bob isn’t just about that pin-straight look.

7. Messy Bob

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.

short messy hair: balayage bob
Evoke some major beach vibes with this messy ‘do. Photo credit:

8. Beach Waves

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. Get the full scoop on how to rock this look in our beach waves on short hair tutorial.

short messy hair updo
Rock this messy updo with your short hair.

9. Messy Updo

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 up.

short mess hair with funky bangs
A volume-seekers dream. Photo credit:

10. Messy Side

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!

Looking for even more messy short hairstyles? Check out these cool messy updo hairstyles from the runway.

All Things Hair
All Things Hair
31 March 2017