Untamed tousled hairstyles always seem so irresistibly charming and effortless that you simply can’t turn down their overwhelming appeal. There’s something extremely sexy and free of any constraint in tousled ‘dos, whether it’s an updo style, boyish pixie with sticking out feathers or fun loose curls. A messy style looks great on any length and type of hair – short or long, straight or curly, thick and flexible or fine and wispy.

With the right approach you can create so many gorgeous and versatile looks with messy hair. Let some of them be stylish and extravagant, while others can remain on a more romantic side. Here are 38 ideas of envy-worthy hairstyles with messed up locks for short, medium-length and long hair.

How to Create Messy Locks?

“Maybe they simply stopped combing their hair?”, someone may think, contemplating some of the trendiest messy ‘dos at the biggest fashion shows. Well, messy hair often looks like an absolutely natural style but we know that certain manipulations do stand behind these perfectly imperfect looks. Normally for medium-length and long hair they include the following.

  1. Blow-drying and running your fingers through hair without combing.
  2. Upside down blowdrying or blowdrying in the opposite direction to the hair growth for added volume and layer enhancement.
  3. Haphazard curling for some locks with a flat iron.
  4. Applying texturizing/thickening spray or curl enhancing product all through the locks and squeezing them in your palms with optional light teasing at the roots to boost volume.
  5. A few final minutes of blowdry to fix the effect and a bit of hair spray as the last touch for the extra hold

1. Short and Layered

Of course, short messy hairstyles are lovely too. Many of today’s layered cuts are actually shaped to look messy – that’s how popular this laid back trend has become. For women, layered hair that is shoulder length will look feminine without being a huge maintenance hassle.

2. Sassy Curly Shag with Bangs

Who says medium-length hair needs elaborate styling to make a statement? A well-known hairstylist, Yuki, showcases all the benefits of messy hairstyles with this chic yet low-maintenance shaggy cut. We reckon this looks more than persuasive!

3. Long Textured Bob for Brunettes

Whether you’re going for polished elegance or relaxed bohemian vibes, this style has got you covered. A side part makes this tousled, layered bob perfect for women with heart-shaped faces wishing to cover a big forehead and create a flattering silhouette.

4. Medium Hair with Piece-y Layers

The ‘just rolled out of bed’ aesthetic of this mid-length choppy haircut is not only effortlessly gorgeous but also super simple to achieve. Perfect for those who prefer low-maintenance glam without sacrificing style.

5. Cute and Messy Hairdo

This messy updo is the perfect fusion of elegance and nonchalance, ensuring you turn heads with every tousled strand. Paired with curtain bangs and a few locks flowing freely around your face, this hairdo will add a whimsical charm to your style.

6. Careless Side-Swept Bob

Two-toned hair adds an extra dimension of allure to this already fabulous choppy bob style. For a playful twist, consider styling your hair to the side, emphasizing its asymmetrical shape and adding a touch of whimsy to your look.

7. Tousled Waves and Highlights

Let your locks speak for themselves with this textured layered cut, embodying lazy-chic elegance. For a touch of sophistication, spice up your brown locks with highlights in a shade that complements your skin.

8. Flawless Messy Bridal Updo

Elevate your updo game with a touch of sophistication and a dash of messy charm. Take your textured locks and transform them into a fabulous formal shape, crafting a high bun with effortless finesse.

9. Short Textured Bixie

Short, messy haircuts look flattering on women of all ages, especially those who don’t wish to spend much time on intricate styling. So, toss aside the styling tools and embrace the natural beauty of your locks because sometimes, less really is more.

10. Messy Blue and Purple Plait

Show off that gorgeous mermaid-like hair color by flipping it into multiple topsy-tails that are full and tousled. Your hair will look voluminous and vibrant.