40 Best Messy Hairstyles for Men in 2021

Just a few minutes will earn you major style street cred.

Messy hairstyles are a go-to for guys for a reason: They’re easy to create and have that effortless ‘I woke up like this’ vibe that’s so sought after. That said, we’ve created a collection of messy hairstyles men can create in five minutes or less. We’ve included many different variations of messy hairstyles men can quickly and easily make their own, so there’s no question about whether or not you’ll find something that suits you. Read on:

1. Windblown Hair

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How to nail an effortless windblown style.

This messy style gives the impression that you just climbed off your motorcycle and ran your fingers through your hair. Irresistible, right?

2. Messy White Hair

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How to make this look work for white hair.

There’s no age limit when it comes to this style. Pair your messy white strands with a trimmed beard to give the look a more youthful spin.

3. The Thick Hair Solution

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Learn how to make this look work for thick hair.

The only thing better than a classic messy style is the same look created on thicker hair. The more messy hair you have, the better, right?

4. A Styled Mess

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Make it a styled mess.

Rocking a messy look doesn’t mean you can’t style your strands. Run AXE Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade through your hair to give it a little bit of shape.

5. Spiked Up Front

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Keep the mess to a minimum.

Use a little bit of Suave Professionals Firm Control Sculpting Gel to spike up the front of your hair and keep the messy look to a minimum.

6. Messy Fade

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Pair it with a trendy fade.

Pair a messy style with a fade to nail two trends at once.

7. I Woke Up Like This

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This is by far the easiest variation of this style.

The ultimate ‘I woke up like this’ style, all you have to do is sleep on damp hair and run your fingers through your strands when you wake up. Easy enough, right?

8. The Messy Man Bun

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Proof that the messy bun is an androgynous style.

The women in your life are no doubt big fans of the messy bun. Get in on the love and create one of your own.

9. Loose Curls

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Brush your curls out.

Grow your curls out and wear them loose and messy for a slightly longer messy style.

10. Wet Hair

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Load up on the hair gel.

Brush your hair forward and spritz it with a flexible hold hairspray like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep it in place without making your hair hard and crunchy.

11. Sweep it to the Side

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Streamline your messy look by sweeping it to the side.

Streamline your messy look just a bit by sweeping it over to the side.

12. Effortlessly Styled

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Learn how to effortlessly style your strands.

This style allows you to work with your natural texture rather than against it. Skip the hair products and let your hair do its thing.

13. Messy Style for Thinning Hair

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A messy style can help conceal thinning hair.

Consider this style if you’re dealing with hair loss or thinning hair. A messy style can give the illusion of thicker strands.

14. Embrace Your Cowlick

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Work with your cowlick rather than against it.

Use your cowlick to add a touch of easy volume to the front of your messy style.

15. Combed Over (In a Good Way)

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A new definition for the combover.

Comb all your strands over to one direction for the ultimate messy look.

16. All Combed Back

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Pair volume with a combed-back style.

Amp up the volume by teasing your hair at the roots and combing it back.

17. A Grungy Messy Style

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Incorporate the grunge factor.

Messy meets grunge in this trendy and edgy style.

18. Classic Bowl Cut

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Give a classic bowl cut a new spin.

Revive a classic bowl cut by embracing a messy texture and make the look more current by incorporating this messy trend.

19. Business Casual

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A business-appropriate take on a casual style.

Concerned that you won’t be able to find a messy style that’s appropriate for work? Use this clean-cut look for inspiration.

20. Modern Messy Hairstyles for Men with Bangs

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You can make bangs work – here’s how.

21. Centered Afro

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Let your afro free with this style!

Keep the sides of your hair short, and let your afro go all natural in the center. This will create a truly effortless look.

22. Pushed Back Front

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Who said styled hair can’t still be messy?

Use a wax or lightweight gel to push up the front section of your hair. This will give you a messy, but still styled look.

23. Swept to the Side

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Push hair to the side for a messy style that’s out of your face.

Push your hair all to one side! Not only will this give you a messier style, it will keep your hair out of your face.

24. Tousled Front

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Mess up the front of your hair for a stylish, yet tousled look.

If your hair is slightly shorter on the sides, mess up the front section of your hair for a stylish yet tousled style.

25. Front Standing Up

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Push back the front of your hair for a messy style that stays out of your face.

Style the front section of your hair so it stands up in various directions.

26. Free-Flowing Curls

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Nothing says messy like free flowing curls!

All you have to do is air dry your curls and you’re all set!

27. Lived-In Messy Style

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Mess up the center section of hair for a lived-in look.

Create that lived-in messy by pushing the center section of your hair to one side.

28. Stick Straight

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For a messy, yet styled look, stick the front section of hair up!

Use a gel to stick the front center section of your hair straight up.

29. One-Sided Messy Style

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Add a little finesse to your messy style.

Use a gel to create a voluminous one-sided messy style.

30. Woke Up Like This Style

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Hey, maybe you did wake up like this? If so, leave it for a messy style!

So, you woke up and your hair is sticking out in practically every direction? That’s perfect for this style! If you want to neaten up any pieces, use a wax to help hold hair in place.

31. Short and Sweet Messy Hairstyles for Men

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A short and sweet style can do the trick!

Who says short hair can’t participate in the messy styles too? Use a lightweight gel to help hair stick out in different directions.

32. Stylish Waves

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No need to have picture perfect styled waves.

Let your waves air dry and then this style is all set! There’s no need for picture-perfect waves for this messy look.

33. Parted Curls

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Add a side part to your curls and you’re good to go!

Change up your typical style by adding a side part. Switching up your part can make a huge difference even if it is a messy look!

34. Messy Hairstyles for Men Man Bun Style

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If your hair is long enough, you can never go wrong with a man bun.

Don’t want to deal with messy hair at all? If you’re stuck in a rut, go for that laid-back look and create a messy man bun–you can’t go wrong here!

35. Dreadlocks Style

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If you’ve ever wanted to try dreadlocks now is the time to!

Ever wanted to try dreadlocks? Now it’s your chance to try this ‘do out! If you already have dreadlocks, try wearing them in a ponytail or bun.

36. Voluminous Quiff

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You can never have too much volume!

When your hair is still wet, use a hairdryer to brush the center section in an upwards motion to create a voluminous quiff style.

37. Messy Volume

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Still want more volume? Opt for this look!

So, maybe you want all-over volume? Dry your hair in the same upward motion as mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to sky-high hair!

38. All-over Messy Hairstyles for Men

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This look will have you out the door in no time!

All you have to do is warm up a dime-sized amount of hair wax in your hands, run it through your hair for a light-weight messy hold, and then you’re all set! It really is that easy!.

39. Messed Up Center Style

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Mess up the center of your hair for an effortless style.

If your hair is shorter on the sides and longer in the center, opt for a messy center style. Just use a light-weight gel to push the center section of hair back and to one since, then you’re all set! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be too neat with this style.

40. Disheveled Style

Messy Hairstyles for Men Disheveled Style
The ultimate messy, but still styled look!

All you need to do is run a dime-sized amount of light-weight gel through your hair to achieve the ultimate messy, but still styled look!

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Pair your messy hair with a closely shaven beard. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Creating messy hairstyles for men is incredibly easy. If you’re familiar with any of the aforementioned rules, you know that a great style starts in the shower. Suave Men Thick + Full 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner is the efficient thickening wash and care system of your dreams. Give your hair a boost and prepare for strands that feel and look thicker after just one shower. Simply massage the product into wet hair, let it foam up into a lather, and rinse thoroughly.

After your shower, you’ll want to towel dry your strands before raking Bed Head for Men Pure Texture Molding Paste through your hair. Whether you’re working with hair that’s on the shorter side or you’ve grown your strands out into longer locks, this styling paste will add loads of texture and movement to your hair. There’s no real technique to this part of the process, so style in any haphazard way that your hands take you and embrace that messy texture.

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This style works on hair of any length. Photo credit: Indigitalimages.com

Lastly, mist your hair with Suave Extreme Hold Unscented Aerosol Hairspray. This unassuming hairspray will lock your texture in place and give your hair an intentional finish. The results? Easy, messy hair that will give you that bad boy meets fashion week vibe.

Now that you’ve gotten a true taste of messy hairstyles for men, you have plenty of inspo to choose from! Happy styling!

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