10 Messy Hairstyles You Can Wear Anywhere

/ 11.24.2015
Messy Hairstyles for All Hair Lengths
Messy Hairstyles for All Hair Lengths

Remember that dream in which the alarm clock goes off and you roll out of bed with a perfectly tousled bedhead hairstyle? Wish it could be true? Well, it can be! All your hair needs is a quick reboot with some (really) easy styling hacks. Why hide your unkempt hair under a beanie when you can flaunt a chic lived-in hairstyle that'll make heads turn wherever you go!

We've compiled a list of some quick and easy messy hairstyles that you can create in 10 minutes or less. These hairstyles are so cute and effortless, you can not only wear them anywhere but also convince your friends that you actually 'woke up like that'!


Messy Pixie
Messy Pixie

1. Messy Pixie

Nothing looks sexier than a messy pixie, styled to perfection. You can create a host of relaxed, laid back hairstyles with your androgynous haircut and sport a new look every day.

Rub in a tiny amount of deconstructing gum to style individual pieces in random direction; dab some hair gel on your damp strands and scrunch them with your fingers to create a wet look pixie or massage your tresses with some volume inject mousse and sweep all your forelocks to one side to create a chic windswept hairstyle.

Messy Bob
Messy Bob

2. Messy Bob

This is the season of grunge hairstyles and a bob is just perfect to have a dry run with the lived-in, disheveled look.

Making your bob look messy is quite simple; making it look fashionably unkempt requires a little more work. The end-result, however, is always impressive and on point!

To lend a messy, grungy feel to your bob, apply a coin-sized amount of deconstructing gum in your damp tresses, scrunching and twisting small chunks of hair as you go. While the product will lend extra hold to your strands, it'll neither look greasy nor weigh your hair down. Spritz some hairspray to set the texture for longer wear and let your hair air-dry.

Wear your messy bob with a soft middle-part or a deep side part.

Side-Swept Loose Hair
Side-Swept Loose Hair

3. Loose Side-swept Hair

A side-swept hairstyle suits all face shapes and works wonders with subtle layers. On days when your hair is misbehaving or any form of styling – be it sleek, straight strands or loose waves – seems like too much of an effort, just flip all your tresses on one side of your head and rock a chic hairstyle that is guaranteed to dispel your bad hair day panic!

Before creating a side-swept hairstyle, it is important to know which hair part best suits your face shape. Once you know your 'best side', work in some frizz remover cream through your mane and sweep all your strands to opposite side (for example, if you part your hair on the left side, sweep all your hair to the right and vice-versa).

You can leave your hairstyle as-is or pin up the smaller side with bobby pins to create a faux hawk. Spritz some hairspray and you have a stylish let-loose hairstyle!

Tousled Updo
Tousled Updo

4. Tousled French-girl Updo

A messy bedhead hairstyle with lots of texture and movement looks quintessentially French. It looks effortlessly sexy and is becoming a hot favorite of those women who love the 'rolled out of bed' look.

To create a tousled French-girl updo, work in a tiny amount of volume inject mousse through your hair and rake up your tresses in a ponytail, smidging slightly to the side of your head. Twist the pony around the base of the elastic and create a super-loose top knot, securing the ends with bobby pins. You don't even need to hide the ends of the knot. Using the tail of your comb, rake up a few face-framing hair sections to create a carefully disheveled look and set your updo with a generous spritz of hairspray.

Wear this cute hairstyle to school, a party or for running errands. You can also accessorize it with ornate hairpins to wear to a date-night or a wedding!

Messy Curly Updo for Medium-length Hair
Messy Curly Updo for Medium-length Hair

5. Messy Curly Updo

Bless the mess! This messy curly updo looks so swish, it'll make your friends think that you sought professional help to get it sculpted. Let us indulge you in a little secret – you can create this swanky hairstyle with your messy, medium-length curly hair in a matter of minutes. All you need is a tiny amount of volume inject hair mousse and a few bobby pins.

Massage the product in your mane to lend extra volume and bounce to your strands. Starting at the front, sweep up large sections of hair, twist them and secure them on the top of your head using bobby pins, leaving the ends of the sections loose to create an appearance of a big, messy chignon. Keep going till all your hair is up and secured. Set your curly updo with a generous spritz of hairspray.

Loose Lived-in Waves
Loose Lived-in Waves

6. Loose Lived-in Waves

Before we tell you how to create and rock loose, lived-in waves, here's a statutory warning: you can totally get addicted to this sexy, laid-back hairstyle!

Tousled, disheveled waves are undoubtedly this year's biggest hairstyle trend and it's not difficult to reason why! The textured finish is easy and effortless to create; the loose hairstyle itself can be worn to work or to a party. Most importantly, they look good on all women, whether with short or long hair.

To create this bedhead-chic hairstyle, spritz some tousle waves hairspray on your tresses, twist medium-sized chunks of hair on a round brush and blow-dry them to perfection. Create about 6-8 loose waves, spritz them with some strong hold hairspray and you're all set to start your day in style!

Alternately, if you are looking for a 'no heat' method to create loose, lived-in waves, work in a tiny amount of deconstructing gum through your tresses and give them a good scrunch with your palms to create a gorgeous texture. Finish off with a generous spritz of hairspray to make the wavy effect last throughout the day.

Tousled Ponytail
Tousled Ponytail

7. Tousled Ponytail

You can always count on a ponytail to save you from a bad hair day. They come particularly handy when you have nanoseconds to get ready for work and can't figure out what to do with your hair!

Tying your bedhead hair in a tousled ponytail is really the easiest thing you can do. While the pony will sneakily cover up all the tangles and knots that might have formed overnight, it will also serve as an on trend hairstyle that you can sport anywhere.

Spritz your hair generously with tousle waves hairspray; twist and scrunch individual hair sections to add texture to your strands; gather your hair at the back of your head and secure it with elastic. That's it – let your tousled ponytail sway in style throughout the day!

High Side Braid
High Side Braid

8. Messy Side Braid

Sleek braided hairstyles meet their lazy match! The messy side braid is not only a runway-inspired hairstyle but also looks quite cool on all women, no matter what their face shape. You can wear your side braid high or low as well as with or without bangs.

Spritz a tiny amount of strand-smoother serum spray along the lengths of your hair to make your strands smooth, soft and easy to plait. Gather your tresses on the side of your head and at a height of your choice, plait it into a regular braid and secure the end with elastic.

To lend your side braid a carefully mussed up finish, tug it gently at places and pull out a couple of face-framing sections. Spritz some hairspray to set your messy braid for longer wear and you're good to go!

Messy Chignon
Messy Chignon

9. Messy Chignon

This is easily the perfect fall hairstyle that you can wear anywhere. What makes the messy chignon so special are the loose strands of hair left out purposely to add a cool-casual touch to the 'do.

You can create this bun with medium-length hair, preferably wavy. Mist your tresses with some tousle waves hairspray and scrunch them with your fingers to create a gorgeous, wavy texture. Gather your hair into a low or a high ponytail and twist it into a knot, securing with bobby pins. Gently pull out a couple of hair sections to create an unkempt, carefree finish and spritz with some hairspray to set the updo for longer wear.

Messy Top Knot
 Messy Top Knot

10. Messy Top Knot

We're seriously swooning over this messy top knot that looks carefully styled to perfection, but actually takes only 5 minutes to create.

Don't have time to wash your hair before stepping out of the house? No problem! This updo works really well with 2nd or 3rd day hair and does a great job in hiding dirty or greasy roots. It looks quite chic and is both office as well as party appropriate.

To create a messy top knot, spritz some high-lift creation hairspray on the roots of your hair to give your strands a boost. Flip your head and gather all your hair in a high ponytail, as close to the crown of your head as possible; secure the pony with elastic. Using a fine-toothed comb, gently tease the bottom layers of your ponytail to build some volume for the knot. Wrap the pony around the base of the elastic to make a chunky knot, tucking in bobby pins as you go to secure the updo.

Spritz some hairspray and step out of the door looking fabulous in your messy hairstyle!

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