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The Sexiest Messy Updos You’ll See All Day

Craving an upstyle that’s easy to create at home and is perfect for dressing up or down? Messy updos are where it’s at! Curls, braids and pins can be used to create simple yet beautiful tousled upstyles. These chic examples of messy updos are bound to inspire you put your hair up, no matter what the season. Just remember that simple is better when it comes to messy looks. Don’t overthink your steps!

  • Retro-Inspired Auburn

    This loosely curled and pinned-into-a-bun look has a chic, rockabilly feel.

    Auburn Curled UpdoCurled Messy Updos

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair will provide the best base for this upstyle!
    2. Create a round section between the front and back, placing the back section into a hair tie.
    3. Use bobby pins to pin some of the back curls around the bun.
    4. Use more pins to randomly pin the front sections out and away from the face.

    Recommended Products:

    Dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for your dirty curls. Apply at roots where needed.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Stronger face shapes such as square or oval will benefit from the softness of this style. Wavy and medium density hair textures will work best.

  • Soft and Sophisticated

    Loosely placed pin curls create an interesting look in this posh updo.

    Sophisticated Messy UpdoSophisticated Messy Updo Back

    How To Style:

    1. Use your fingers to roll small sections of hair into pin curls.
    2. Use bobby pins that are similar to your hair color to keep curls in place.
    3. Layer the curls as you pin for more height.

    Recommended Products:

    A setting spray could be gently applied from roots to ends prior to making the cursl. A finishing hairspray like Bumble & Bumble’s Does It All will keep it all in place.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The height and volume from this style is ideal for those with a smaller or less dominant face shape. Extremely dense hair types will give this style the capability to be more intricate.

  • Blonde Bouffant

    Create a textured messy updo using different techniques for curling your hair.

    Blonde Updo with TextureBlonde Updo with Texture Side

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair is best for this!
    2. Start by teasing (or backcombing) hair with a teasing comb in larger sections through the entire head.
    3. Create volume through the top, then smooth the hair into a ponytail.
    4. Then take different sized sections, curl them, then twist and pin them up, working from bottom to top.
    5. Use your hands to roll and twist the curls in different patterns.

    Recommended Products:

    A heat protectant spray/finishing hairspray like Bumble & Bumble’s Spray de Mode is perfect for this upstyle. Apply it liberally when curling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Square face shapes will benefit best from the face framing pieces of this style. Fine to medium density hair types, preferably straight or wavy, are ideal.

  • Crescent Curl

    This half up messy style is perfect for gals with natural curls.

    Half Updo for Curly HairHalf Updo for Curly Hair Back

    How To Style:

    1. On naturally curly hair, separate (generally the temples are a great place to section) out the part you wish to pin up.
    2. Use a teasing comb to create as much wanted height, and then gently pull it back, using several hair pins to keep in place.

    Recommended Products:

    A smoothing balm would be great for this curly look. Use a pinch just at your fingers to smooth out anything frizzy.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Round face shapes and naturally curly hair go hand in hand for this look.

  • Half Twist

    This half up look is a mad mix of messy and modern.

    Teased Half UpdoTeased Half Updo Back

    How To Style:

    1. Take two large sections from the sides and overlap them (in a criss cross pattern) underneath one another in the back.
    2. Use bobby pins to set in place.
    3. Finish by pulling out a large section of hair to lay over the panels you have created.

    Recommended Products:

    A strong finishing hairspray like Classic by Bumble and Bumble is exactly what this style calls for.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Oval or heart shaped face shapes paired with fine to medium density straight hair work best for this look.

  • Perfectly Prom!

    We love this messy twist on the classic bun for any occasion.

    Messy Updo with TwistMessy Updo with Twist Back

    How To Style:

    1. Create a medium section at the crown and use a teasing comb to create height.
    2. If you have a fringe or some face framing pieces, leave them out!
    3. Pull the rest of the hair back into a bun.
    4. Use the end of your teasing comb to pull out skinny sections, then back comb them to create a “piecier” effect.

    Recommended Products:

    A medium to strong hold finishing hairspray like Bumble and Bumble’s Classic Hairspray works best to keep this messy bun in place.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Heart, round, or triangle face shapes matched with dense straight hair works well for this look.

  • Birds of a Feather

    Barrel curls used in a non-traditional way makes this look a favorite amongst messy updos.

    Updo with Barrel CurlsUpdo with Barrel Curls Back

    How To Style:

    1. Part your hair where you would like it to go.
    2. For a sleeker look, use a gentle styling pomade, working it from roots to ends before creating your barrel curls.
    3. Sectioning the top from the bottom, take even smaller sections and create barrel curls. Use your curling iron to roll the curl and use a bobby pin to pin the curl directly at the base of your style.
    4. Take the non barrel curled section, then twist and pin the sections of hair towards one another, creating a very loose French twist.

    Recommended Products:

    You’ll definitely want your favorite styling pomade and a heavy finishing hairspray for this updo.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Long or square face shapes and medium density wavy hair would be a great pairing for this style.

  • Chestnut Creation

    Random pins and twists create interesting illusions is this messy-ish updo.

    Twisted Messy UpdoTwisted Messy Updo Back

    How To Style:

    1. After parting your hair where you would like, pull hair back into a bun that sits just near the crown of your head.
    2. Pull smaller section out of the bun to weave and twist through the hair, pinning them in place with a bobby pin.
    3. Create as many of these smaller sections as you would like.

    Recommended Products:

    A shine spray like Bumble and Bumble’s Shine and/or a lighter hold finishing hairspray like Bumble & Bumble’s Does It All are great product options for this look.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Long or oval face shapes with medium to thick density straight or wavy hair will work best for this particular style.

  • Coiffed and Curly

    We love the awesome height created by softly curled pieces in this messy style.

    Curly Messy Updo with HeightCurly Messy Updo with Height Side

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair is best here!
    2. Create a dramatic side section and curl your hair, remembering to roll the curls away from the face on each side.
    3. Start by taking large curled sections from the bottom and twisting and pinning them randomly as you work from the bottom to the top.
    4. At the very front, take an even larger section and create a giant curl, pulling out the ends of that curl towards the back for added texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Your favorite dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for your dirty curls. Apply it at roots where needed. A shine spray will also add the perfect sheen!

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Strong face shapes will benefit from the softness of this look. Thicker hair types also work well with the different ways to add curl and volume.

    Tip:

    This a great style to add an embellishment of your choice to either side of the look!

  • Pretty Pompadour Pony

    Volume and dirty texture keep this pompadour simple and easy to recreate.

    Pompadour Pony UpdoPompadour Pony Updo Side

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty hair is best for this style!
    2. Create height through the entire head by teasing at the roots.
    3. Take the front section and create a little more volume by pushing it forward and hiding a bobby pin at the base.
    4. Take the remaining hair and pull it into a ponytail or bun.
    5. The front section should blend seamlessly in the updo.

    Recommended Products:

    A finishing hairspray like Bumble & Bumble’s Does It All is perfect for this pomp.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Triangle and heart face shapes paired with straight to softly wavy hair textures will work best for this look.

    Tip:

    Don’t be hesitant about the amount of volume you would like for this style. The fuller, the more fun!

  • Messy Side Pony

    Try your tresses loosely curled and pinned into a side-swept ponytail for an easy everyday look.

    Messy Side Pony Updo

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair is the best base for this style!
    2. Break up curled hair with your fingers, creating a looser wave.
    3. Gently gather the hair into a ponytail, using subsections to twist pieces over the hair tie to “hide” it.
    4. This is a great style to display any kind of hair accessory that you may have.

    Recommended Products:

    Dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for your dirty curls. Apply it at the roots where needed. A light hairspray to ease frizz may also be necessary.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Square face shapes and naturally wavy hair will give you the best results for this look.

  • Sleek and Sassy

    We love competing textures! This neatly combed back hair into a messy bun is so on-trend.

    Sleek Messy Bun Updo

    How To Style:

    1. Using a flat brush, spray a light mist of shine spray directly onto the brush.
    2. Gently but tightly brush the hair back into a bun.
    3. Use a hair tie to secure.
    4. Leave as is, or take out smaller sections to wrap around the bun for more fun.

    Recommended Products:

    Use your favorite shine spray and a light hairspray sparingly for finishing.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    All face shapes and hair types benefit from the simplicity of this updo.

  • Bohemian and Braided

    Loosely curled and braided into a bun, this boho-inspired updo is best for long hair.

    Curled Braided BunCurled Braided Bun SIde

    How To Style:

    1. Create any kind of braid that you desire.
    2. Wrap the braid around the head and into a bun, securing with a hair tie.
    3. Gently move pieces of the braid and pin those pieces with hair pins to create a messier feel.
    4. You can also choose to create a softer appearance towards the face by using your hands to lightly loosen the face framing sections.

    Recommended Products:

    A styling pomade should be gently distributed from roots to ends while braiding.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Stronger face shapes matched with thicker hair textures are an ideal combination for this look.

    Tip:

    Don’t be afraid to add flowers or pretty barrettes to this updo. It will create an even more delicate feeling to this bohemian style!

  • Twisted Sister

    Here, curls and fun colored extensions combine to create a funky twisted updo.

    Twisted Updo with Colored ExtensionsTwisted Updo with Colored Extensions Side

    How To Style:

    1. Create volume in the front, back combing until desired volume is achieved.
    2. Pull hair back into a ponytail, sitting just at the middle of the head. Then, take small and medium sections to create differently shaped curls.
    3. Pin each curl in a “Mohawk” shape, loosening or tightening them as you prefer.
    4. Add clip-in extensions or a hair accessory to add even more texture to this updo.

    Recommended Products:

    Dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for your dirty curls. Apply at roots where needed. A finishing hairspray like Bed Head’s Flexible Finish works wonders!

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Long face shapes and medium to fine hair textures will work best for this messy updo.

  • Topsy Turvy

    Hair is pulled up into a fun array of curls in this messy but pretty upstyle.

    Curly Updo with FringeCurly Updo with Fringe Side

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair is best for this updo!
    2. Separate the hair into three large sections.
    3. The first and largest section is at the crown. With this section, leave out the face-framing pieces or fringe, then pull it back into a bun at the top of the head.
    4. Then take the two vertical sections and twist each of those towards the bun.
    5. Pull out sections to curl, and gently place those pieces into the bun using bobby pins.

    Recommended Products:

    Use a pinch of styling pomade on the ends that you wish to loosen.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Heart or oval face shapes paired with thick hair textures work best for this style.

  • Golden Waterfall

    These big barrel curls falling to one side give beautiful new meaning to the phrase “mess of curls”.

    Side Swept Hairstyle with CurlsSide Swept Hairstyle with Curls Side

    How To Style:

    1. Using a large barrel curling iron, the curl entire heading large sections.
    2. Gently push all of the hair to one side, using large bobby pins to keep the softly smoothed side in place.

    Recommended Products:

    A firm hold finishing hairspray is great for keeping curls clean with just the right touch of messy.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Softer face shapes and medium to thick straight or wavy hair textures work wonderfully for this ‘do.

  • Sophisticated Side Ponytail

    Loosely tousled waves are pulled to the side to create a messy yet stylish side ponytail.

    Wavy Side Pony

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty wavy hair is best for this style!
    2. Select your part, then gently pull hair over to whichever side you prefer and secure with an elastic.
    3. Re-curl strands as needed to finish the look.

    Recommended Products:

    A medium hold hairspray is all you need for the finishing touch to this simple style.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Heart or round face shapes paired with any density straight or wavy hair type will benefit greatly from this easy-to-achieve look!

  • Braided Bombshell

    This messy updo is a great look for those who have tightly braided hair or dreadlocks.

    Updo with DreadlocksUpdo with Dreadlocks Side

    How To Style:

    1. Pull the hair away from the face, off to either side, towards the crown of the head.
    2. Use a strong hair tie to keep hair in place.
    3. Wrap any of the braided sections around the hair tie, weaving them in and out.

    Recommended Products:

    A finishing hairspray or wax is great for taming any pesky flyaways.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Natural hair textures work best for this style. All face shapes will work well with the combination of this look.

  • Imperfectly Pinned

    Naturally curly hair is half-hazardly twisted up to create great height in this beautiful mess of an updo.

    Messy Curly UpdoMessy Curly Updo Side

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty curly hair is best for this!
    2. Take larger sections, one side first, and twist them around to the opposite side.
    3. Repeat with opposing side, making sure that the ends have been twisted towards the top of the head.
    4. Use hairpins to place curls where you want them, whether it be totally off the face, or leaving some out to frame the face.

    Recommended Products:

    Dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for your dirty curls. Apply at roots where needed. If you need to break up the wave, us a small amount of wax such like Bumble & Bumble’s Sumo Wax.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Triangle face shapes matched with naturally curly or wavy hair work well for this updo.

    Tip:

    Don’t be afraid to really work your curls! The more shapely, the better.

  • Platinum Perfection

    This messy braided “updo” is great for short hair or medium length hair. The braided twist amongst tousled tresses create a trendy, textured feel.

    Platinum Updo with Braid SidePlatinum Updo with Braid

    How To Style:

    1. Dirty hair is best for this haute style!
    2. Grab a medium section at the front of your hairline and create an inverted French braid, pinning the end to either side.
    3. Use your hands and a teasing comb to add soft height and movement over top of the braid.
    4. Use a medium-sized curling iron to add some wave to the rest of your hair if needed.

    Recommended Products:

    Dry shampoo will create the perfect texture for this look! You can also benefit from a lighter texture clay like Bumble & Bumble’s Sumo Tech.

    Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

    Long or oval face shapes (especially those with short hair) will love the flattering result of this style. All hair densities and textures can easily be maneuvered for this look

    Simple is better when it comes to pulling off messy updos like these. Don’t overthink your steps and happy styling!