There’s a reason why short messy hairstyles are taking over the styling scene this season, and it isn’t just because every celebrity and her mother is opting for this look (Though that does help.). Short messy hairstyles are the ideal ‘it girl’ looks that don’t require too much upkeep. High maintenance styles are a thing of the past, and today’s looks are all about using efficient and tested techniques to develop a curated style that is effortless.
The short messy hairstyles in this collection are prime examples of ways to wear your hair that advance your personal style without distracting from the rest of your look. Short messy hair, no matter how you wear it, is one of the trendiest and easiest styles to maintain. Read on for some messy short hair inspiration we know you’ll love:
Short Messy Hairstyles to Try
1. Tousled Messy Half-Updo
Create the perfect messy and tousled texture by wrapping your strands around a 1-inch curling wand in alternating directions. For this style, skip the hairspray and pin your curls up into a tousled messy half-updo. Leave a few strands hanging down around your face for a look that’s guaranteed to be flattering.
2. A Voluminous Lob
Take a basic lob to the next level by spritzing your roots with Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Dry Shampoo. This powder is an almost-instant way to give your hair lift and added texture. Simply sprinkle the product on to your roots and wear your voluminous and textured lob with confidence. It’s one of our fave short messy hairstyles!
3. All Over Texture
Pull out all the stops with your textured style by opting for all over texture and movement. This piecey bob is edgy and bold, and the texture pairs perfectly with a bright bleached blonde color.
4. Short Messy Wet Hair Style
Want a model-off-duty look? Try the messy wet hair look that’s perfect for short hair. To get the look, use Bed Hed by TIGI Hard to Get Texturizing Paste. This will help create the piecey texture, which is essential for the look.
5. Light Purple Pixie
Even the shortest styles can be worn with some messy texture. We love this edgy pixie paired with a pop of light purple color. Let your locks air-dry to make the most of your natural texture.
6. Bleached Layered Look
Trying out a bold color like platinum blonde makes a big statement on a cropped new look. Add an extra edge to the style by asking your stylist for short layers throughout the look.
7. Layered Lob with Curtain Bangs
Want to go short, but aren’t sure what cut to get? A lob with curtain bangs is a perfect style to try. This is truly an effortless cut. You can easily create a beachy texture, pull your hair back, or go natural.
To add a bit of texture, spritz TRESemmé Texture Dry Texture Finishing Spray throughout your hair. This will help add a boost of volume while enhancing natural texture and waves you may already have.
8. Curly Updo
Did you know messy updos are the new “it” style? Pull your messy curls up into an easy curly updo. While there will inevitably be some days when you want to wear your strands down, we all want our hair up and out of the way once in a while. Call on this chic and piecey curly updo on those days.
9. Messy Curls
Give your natural messy curls a little bit of definition by combing Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse through your hair when it’s still damp from the shower. Let your curls air dry to achieve this easy and messy tousled perfection.
10. Middle-Parted Bob with Bangs
Want to switch up a classic bob? Try middle-parted bangs with layers!