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 20 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:
Messy Hairstyles for Men
1. Windblown Hair
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
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
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
5. Spiked Up Front
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
Pair a messy style with a fade to nail two trends at once.
7. I Woke Up Like This
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
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
Grow your curls out and wear them loose and messy for a slightly longer messy style.
10. Wet Hair
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
Streamline your messy look just a bit by sweeping it over to the side.
12. Effortlessly Styled
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
14. Embrace Your Cowlick
Use your cowlick to add a touch of easy volume to the front of your messy style.
15. Combed Over (In a Good Way)
Comb all your strands over to one direction for the ultimate messy look.
16. All Combed Back
Amp up the volume by teasing your hair at the roots and combing it back.
17. A Grungy Messy Style
Messy meets grunge in this trendy and edgy style.
18. Classic Bowl Cut
Revive a classic bowl cut by embracing a messy texture and make the look more current by incorporating this messy trend.
19. Business Casual
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 Bangs
21. Centered Afro
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
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
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
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
Style the front section of your hair so it stands up in various directions.
26. Free-Flowing Curls
All you have to do is air dry your curls and you’re all set!
27. Lived-In Messy Style
Create that lived-in messy by pushing the center section of your hair to one side.
28. Stick Straight
Use a gel to stick the front center section of your hair straight up.
29. One-Sided Messy Style
Use a gel to create a voluminous one-sided messy style.
30. Woke Up Like This 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 Look
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 Style
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
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
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!
How to Achieve Messy Hairstyles for Men
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.
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.