Instagroom Day 7: How to Do a Short Messy Hairstyle

Diogo shows you how to create a short messy yet intentional hairstyle.


In our opinion, one of the only times a short messy hairstyle for men works is when it’s an intentional style rather than a haphazard one. This particular short messy style is best paired with a clean shave or a trimmed beard, and the right hair products and styling techniques. After all, an “I woke up like this” vibe is only cute when you’ve cultivated a sense of style and your strands actually smell good. Unfortunately, you can’t really just roll out of bed and into your work day! That being said, Diogo’s hairstyle takes just a few minutes to create, and will be a breeze of a routine once you get the hang of it. As Diogo himself says, “The only messy thing about me is my hair.”

As we’ve seen time and time again, both on the runway and off, curating a real sense of style is often about mixing and matching. The messy with neat, the seemingly carefree with the streamlined and laid-back with the intentional.  Take note, gentlemen, and follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create your very own short messy hairstyle.

How to Do a Short Messy Style


Start off by washing and drying your strands.

If you’re looking to create a style that showcases strands that just appear to be messy but are unquestionably clean, start off by washing your hair with one of our favorite two-in-one products. AXE Anarchy 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner promises to leave your hair feeling clean and smelling incredible. A two-in-one product will also speed up your morning routine and give you a few extra minutes to spend on styling your hair. That means there’s no reason to use a rushed morning as a reason not to style your hair. Once you’ve washed your hair and you’ve gotten out of the shower grab your blow dryer and begin drying your strands. Brush your hair back away from your face as you dry it to create a little bit of volume at your roots.


Choose the right product.

Choosing the right product is key when it comes to creating a style that really depends on smelling good and looking just a little bit finished. Grab a small dab of AXE Urban Messy Look Flexible Paste, warm it up between your fingers, and scrunch it through your hair. This product is ideal for achieving a messy hairstyle that you can still maintain control over. One of the reasons guys are sometimes hesitant to use hair products is because they’re worried that their strands will end up crunchy and stuck in place. This product promises to let you continuously reshape your style throughout the day and won’t create that dreaded helmet hair look. (We’re looking at you, ’60s men’s hair trends.) 


You’ve achieved a short messy style.

Voilà! You’ve succeeded in creating a short messy style that manages to still be intentional and on trend.

Looking for more Instagroom styles? Check out the express combover hairstyle with Luke.