10 Short Messy Hairstyles Taking Over the Styling Scene

Short messy hairstyles are ruling the styling scene.

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:

1. Tousled Messy Half-Updo

An effortless half-updo is always the best go-to.

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

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Give your roots some extra volume.

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 onto your roots and wear your voluminous and textured lob with confidence. It’s one of our fave short messy hairstyles!

3. All Over Texture

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Opt for 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

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Opt for a runway-approved style with this piecey, wet hair look.

Want a model-off-duty look? Try the messy wet hair look that’s perfect for short hair. The wet hair look means you can cut down on your morning hair routine – simply shower and go!

5. Light Purple Pixie

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Give your style an extra edge.

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

Make a statement with platinum strands.

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

This trendy style never disappoints.

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 the natural texture and waves you may already have.

8. Curly Updo

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It’s all about the piecey texture.

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

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Give your natural texture a leg up.

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

Try a short shag cut.

Want to switch up a classic bob? Try middle-parted bangs with layers! This look thrives on major volume so be sure to use a teasing comb to add some height at the roots.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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