3 tousled updos to try: easy unkempt hairstyles

/ 04.28.2014
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  • Side braid
  • Tousled pony
  • Windswept chignon

A well-styled unkempt updo is perfect for anyone who prefers to keep their hair under-styled but still wants to make some visible semblance of an effort. The whole point of such a hairstyle is to make it look like you just woke up looking so good, even if you didn't. In fact, especially if you didn't...

A tousled texture is the ideal choice for creating an unkempt updo as it's easy to style and helps to maintain a soft, windswept look that suits just about everyone! We've selected three tousled looks to inspire you, all of which are easy to recreate at home in hardly any time at all.

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Side braid

Braids are one of those hairstyles that always work and can look good with all kinds of hair lengths, cuts and types. Unsurprisingly, a tousled side braid is a great option for an unkempt look. The length showcases the texture and helps to soften the overall silhouette.

To style: Spray your hair all over with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray – you can start with either dry or damp hair – then blow-dry it in twisted sections. Once the hair is dry, toss it over one shoulder and braid all the way down. You can use a twisted, French, knot or regular technique; it's all up to you! Pin back any major flyaways and finish with a mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.


A tousled pony is another great look. It also gives you an excuse to be totally lazy when pulling your hair back. The messier, the better!

To style: Blow-dry with Tousle Waves Spray as before then comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb. Loosely pull your hair back into a high ponytail, shaking some strands loose before you tie it with an elastic. Use your hands for any final adjustments then mist with Bold Control Hairspray.

Windswept chignon

A simple updo, the windswept chignon is an elegant look with a gorgeous understated quality. If you're looking for a new 'do to wear to work, this could be it. It's styled but low-key and can be dressed up or down depending on what kind of overall look you're going for.

To style: Again, blow-dry in twisted sections after applying Tousle Waves Spray. Then, spray the roots on top and at the back of your head with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Tease gently with a fine-tooth comb to build an extra inch or two of height before pinning the hair back into a small bun or French twist.

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