When you imagine a formal occasion, messy hairstyles probably aren't the first things that spring to mind but, it turns out that you really can get away with a little controlled chaos if you style it right. The truth is that "messy" can send out all kinds of messages from rebellion to cool to dynamic, not to mention sexy.
And hey, all of those things are pretty great when done properly, right? Well, we think so and, as a result, we've come up with an easy hair tutorial to help you create a messy hairstyle that you can wear everywhere from your cousin's wedding to a college party.
How to make the right kind of mess
This look requires dry hair to start with and a matte styling putty.
Step one: Warm a little product in your hands before running it through all of your hair. You should pay special attention to the front section, not least because that's what most people will see when they look at you!
Step two: Next, pull the top section of your hair forwards, separating it slightly from the sides and ruffling with your fingers.
Step three: Push the foremost section of your hair upwards to create extra lift. Add more product for extra hold. Make sure that the little flick you create is a bit rugged and don't be afraid of styling random sections of hair in different directions around it.
Step four: For those of you with especially fine hair, you can add more texture by twisting small strands of hair at random and then unraveling them with your fingers. A slight scrunch here and there won't go amiss either.
Step five: Double check that your hair is totally tousled and messy, in a controlled way, from all angles and make sure that little quiff is still intact. FYI, the lifted secrion at the front is the part that will alert your boss and/or anyone else who might potentially disapprove to the fact you actually bothered styling your hair and didn't just roll right out of bed...
And you're done. Happy styling!