How to Create a Short Messy Hairstyle

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

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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 workday! We know right now there’s probably lots of rolling out of bed and minimal styling, but getting yourself ready for the day and looking your best will help you feel better and normalize the situation. This hairstyle takes just a few minutes to create and will be a breeze of a routine once you get the hang of it.

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.

Create a Short Messy Style


Wash and Dry Your Strands

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. This will give you a few extra minutes to spend on styling your hair. Once you’ve washed your hair, grab your blow dryer and begin drying your strands. Brush your hair back away from your face as you dry it. This will create a little bit of volume at your roots.

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Choose the Right Product

Choosing the right product is key when it comes to creating a style that depends on 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 won’t create that dreaded helmet hair look.

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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.

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