How to rock this perfectly undone updo.
What you’ll need
We feel that your go-to, foolproof hairstyle is best seen during those in-between days. You know: those times you’re too busy with the stuff of life—errands, spin class, avocado shopping, en route to the airport, your sister’s last-minute promotion party—are when you immediately go on fashion autopilot and bring out your fail-safes. For us, messy ponytail hairdos are our black leggings and LBDs of beauty. The last word in casual chic, they always deliver, and for something quite simple, are surprisingly never boring.
To help you create a messy ‘do that’s all your own, we are sharing two ways to rock the messy look, including mussed up hairstyles that were inspired from the Rag & Bone and Jonathan Simkhai shows in NYC. Read on to learn more about how to master this classic hairstyle for this ultimate in effortless beauty!
2 Ways to Create a Messy Ponytail
Look 1: How to Create Casual-Chic, Messy Ponytail Hairdos
Start with clean, middle-parted hair.
Section off the back.
Twist the crown section.
Secure in a bun.
Brush out the remaining hair.
Grit up the front.
Gather hair into a temporary low pony.
Create some volume.
Tease the hair at your crown.
Loop hair around into a ponytail.
Twirl hair around the pony base.
Look 2: How to Create A NYFW-Inspired Messy Ponytail
Step 1: Start clean or refresh with dry shampoo.
To begin your look, refresh your hair with TRESemmé Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo to soak up any excess oil. While this particular style is best on second-day or lived-in hair, you can absolutely create the messy ponytail on freshly washed hair.
Step 2: Rough-dry with blowdryer.
The rough-dry technique helps build texture in your hair while you blow-dry. To do this step, simply prep hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, then use your hands to roughly comb through your hair as you dry. Pro tip: Use a medium to low temperature setting to avoid burning your hands.
Step 3: Create ponytail.
Gather hair into a messy ponytail as you think of it as an undone look. Secure with a hair tie.
Step 4: Enhance hair texture by backcombing.
Using a fine-tooth comb, backcomb the ends of your hair to enhance texture and create body. Finish your look with a hairspray that gives your messy ponytail hold and lots of movement. We love Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray for the job.