19 Cutest Short Messy Hair Ideas

Who knew bedhead could be a hot look this year? If you’re looking for a short look that’s quick and easy to style, then keep scrolling. I’ve put together a collection of my favorite short messy hairstyles and haircuts for women this year. When going for a look like that, you’ll want to add lots of layers to create gorgeous texture. If you combine all that new texture with a pomade or wax for styling, you’ll create the perfect messy look. I hope you get inspired by one of these hairstyles. Enjoy!

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Disheveled Neck Length Cut

Disheveled Neck Length Cut
Instagram @chrisjones_hair

This is an adorable cut if you’re craving for length yet wanting an easy upkeep and fresh hairstyle. The subtle brunette balayage with a dark root and choppy layers starting from the cheeks all work together in making this a suitable look for any face shape.

Razor Cut

Razor Cut
Instagram @color_by_pelerossi

This messy short haircut is an excellent to choice when you want to add texture to your straight hair. It’s sassy, easy to style, and can accentuate your best facial features beautifully.

Feminine Quiff

Feminine Quiff
Instagram @tonyahaircandy

Get a little wild with this cool yet sexy faux hawk style that complements anyone with the confidence to wear it! Complete the look with your favorite fashion color if you wanna get wilder.

Chunky Layers

Chunky Layers
Instagram @nuovosalons

Going with waves is the easiest way to switch up your hairstyle without much effort. This bob is a perfectly tossed style that ladies who don’t want a high maintenance look would love!

Layered Everywhere

Layered Everywhere
Instagram @cestlaviebeautyco

This haircut shows simplicity and edginess at the same time with how easy-going and effortless it looks like. Going a little past the chin is enough to show much texture that can enhance any haircut.

Must-Try Short Textured Cut Shag

Must-Try Textured Cut
Instagram @seolahair

The choppy yet soft ends, a center part, and a simple layering make this look easy and cute. It’s a low upkeep modern lived-in short shag haircut that you can wear in any season.

Wild Wavy Hair

Wild Wavy Hair
Instagram @laurlaur0404

You’ll get the best of both worlds with this short yet full of bounce haircut that looks so voluminous even with less hair. The cute pastel pink hue makes it even more dimensional and stunning.

Choppy Fringe

Choppy Fringe
Instagram @tori.hayley.hair

These textured ends and bangs work perfectly together in providing texture and interest to a simple blonde shoulder-length cut. It’s ideal for people who don’t want to spend much time thinking how to style their hair, as a simple straightening is already enough to make this look fabulous.

Tousled Pixie

Tousled Pixie
Instagram @hairbyjamie_f

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Foster
Hair Artist @ Trichology in Fullerton, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a textured pixie that is bold yet also feminine. What I love about it is it’s great for all different hair textures, and it’s a low maintenance style for clients who don’t like to spend too much time on their hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Embrace your natural texture for a fun messy look and also incorporate dry shampoo into your routine to enhance volume and avoid limp hair. This cut also shows off the facial structure, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who says their face is “too round”.

Stylish for Over 50

Q&A with style creator, Chelse Fonseca-Wallgren
Stylist @ Raw Hair Studio in San Antonio, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is a textured pixie with a longer fringe. The greatest thing about this look is its versatility. This type of cut can be styled in so many different ways to achieve a look that can be very conservative/professional to edgy/editorial!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Typically I recommend this type of style to someone who wants something out of the box and who has a little sass. However, I do not recommend this look for someone who has a round face with a short forehead, or someone who has a prominent jawline, as this type of cut can highlight those features and create an unbalanced visual. I absolutely love this hairstyle for my guests who have fine and or thin hair and who want more body or volume.

To style and enhance the look, I towel dry the hair and blast dry the hair using Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep spray, which is a thermal protectant and volumizing spray. When the hair is about 80% dry, I then add Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam, a lightweight mousse, to give the root it’s most lift and complete the blow dry.

To detail and finish the look I love to use Aveda Control Paste to accentuate texture and define pieces to create a more piecey look, especially through the fringe. To set it all in place I will spray with Aveda Control Force hairspray to give the look all day hold, especially since it can be kind of humid and windy here in South Texas.

This type of style is perfect for someone who likes to a quick morning routine and doesn’t mind the maintenance of getting a haircut every 4-6 weeks to keep the style.

Modern and Shaggy

Modern and Shaggy
Instagram @missyveyret

Q&A with style creator, Missy Veyret
Freelancer Hairstylist / Educator & Bridal Specialist / Owner @ Nooklo Collective in Sydney, NSW

How would you describe this look?

It’s a soft textured elongated styled bob! It’s perfect for the wash-and-wear client, as it has such a strong focal point in the front and overall shape that would suit a low maintenance client whom would wash and wear.

Also, it’s a great haircut to complement those who love to put more effort into their hair during a morning or evening. This haircut is a total all-rounded for my clientele! I have complimented the soft pieceness of this haircut with subtle fairy floss hues. Keeping the roots stretched encourages low maintenance vibes whilst enjoying something a little fun!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is ideal to introduce a potential client into something both low maintenance and easy to dress up! With the correct styling products, it would be beautifully effortless. Products I would recommend is Eleven Australia body spray & sea salt.

I would also give this haircut to a client with a flexible parting as this haircut is totally reversible and can be parted in many ways. I would encourage my clients not to over think this whole look. The messier and softer, the better! Keep it cool & messy.

Bold Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Cheyenne Orozco
Licensed Cosmetologist @ JCPenney Salon in Yuma, AZ

How would you describe this look?

This cut makes me think lived-in and edgy but still professional. It’s a very modern twist on a short bob with the undercut and messy texture.

An undercut can help create a better shape and make it easier to style. Hands down my favorite haircut all around. Many women want to try out really short hairstyles but are too afraid – this gives you the best of both worlds!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut works best for someone with a lot of hair, coarse or fine, and is very customizable for face shapes and hair density. It’s great for on-the-go women because you have half the hairstyle! Use a flat iron to create some loose curls or wear it straight (it’s super cute either way), then finish with a texture spray or rough it up with a pomade to give it that messy look.

The Cutest Pixie Cut

Q&A with style creator, Christa McNeely
Hairstylist @ MC Hair & Studio MC in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

How would you describe this look?

I love this whole look! The entire underneath is undercut close to the head with some length on top to play around with! I balayaged some pieces throughout to add some dimension to the hair and added some texture through the top when flat ironing to keep a more tousled look. I love creating styles that walk the line between femininity and edginess.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This haircut is so versatile that it can be adjusted to work with any face shape or hair type! It’s perfect for someone who’s looking for a lower maintenance look but doesn’t want to sacrifice their style for it! Products are so important for any style and work best when they’re customized for your individual hair type! One key product for this look would be some kind of pomade, balm, or cream at the very end to add definition to the hair strands for a finished, flawless look.

Edgy Bob

Q&A with style creator, Katie Wolfe
Stylist @ Artistik Image Hair Studio in Myrtle Beach, SC

How would you describe this look?

The greatest thing about this look is that it’s perfect for clients with rounder faces. My client featured in this photo is a busy mother of three but still wanted to look edgy and wanted her hair to be easier and quicker to style before her hectic routine starts each day!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I find that a common aspect for a lot of my guests – they want something easy to style that doesn’t take up a lot of time in their busy schedules. The back of her neck I actually did an undercut on because she had such thick hair which made it easier to taper layers in and give it this heightened feature in the back which added more volume for her heavy hair. Then some feathering is done with a razor blade around the edges! So cute!

Choppy Tomboy Cut

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Rainey
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Bob Steele Salon in Roswell, GA

How would you describe this look?

This sassy, effortless, textured pixie is one of my favorites to date! Great for minimal effort and perfect for someone who wants to wake-up-and-go. Short to long layers give a chic and stylish bang that you can wear in multiple ways. This haircut has tons of texture which add volume and allows the hair to move in any direction! Great for that messy look.

My favorite part about this haircut is the endless style possibilities.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When choosing the perfect pixie you must always consider the face shape. Angles, even in hair can be slimming. Thickness and texture can play a huge roll in how long or short a cut should be! When showing a picture to your hairdresser look at how thick or thin, coarse or fine, the hair in the picture is. Does it relate to your hair? What do you like about it and what would you change?

Most pixie haircuts are blown dry using tools as simple as your hands! Styling is quick and easy. Holding the hair dryer blow dry everything on the top and sides towards the face. Using your hands to smooth the hair following the head shape. Everything below blow-dry down.

Product used to finish the look was IGK Broken Dreams texture paste. Take a pea size amount starting out and rub in your palms and fingertips. This paste has a dry feeling to the touch but actually has argon oil which helps to condition the hair. But, also it is oil absorbing and can make a style last longer! Start by applying to the root with a scalp rubbing motion to create volume and lift. Then apply to mid-lengths and ends to set the intended style. This is great for our finer hair clients like our model!

Cute Curly Mess

Q&A with style creator, Colette Grampre
Master Stylist @ Ginger Salon in Portland, OR

How would you describe this look?

This look is effortless, modern, and feminine. The cut is a basic square shape on top, styled asymmetrically, with shorter length throughout the sides and back considered undercut. When cutting I enhanced her natural wave by carving into specific curls to de-bulk or add volume.

To enhance her natural brunette color, I added a few blue/black low-lights, just enough to add contrast and give it uniqueness. For the finish, I added some curl defining creme and shaped a finger wave on one side before drying with a diffuser. Once dry, I curled a few pieces on top for added volume with a .75” curling wand then used a generous amount of spray wax for flexible hold.

What I love about this hairstyle is how noticeable it is and how it will turn heads! People will deem you’re having a good hair day even when you may feel the contrary.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Let your hair be wild and free. Hair grows a little every day, therefore your hairstyle changes a little every day. Embrace the change. This cut is perfect for low daily maintenance. Great for moms that cannot take to much time in the bathroom, traveling souls that cannot be weighed down with hot tools in their luggage, and anyone that doesn’t have the patience to deal with a lot of hair.

You can just wash and go! For those with short, curly fine hair, use a lightweight mouse and if you have thicker hair use a curl defining creme. I love using a spray wax instead of hairspray to lock in the style, it is great for all hair textures. If you don’t mind spending a few minutes on styling, blow-dry using a diffuser attachment, then add some different size curls using your choice of hot tool. This cut really does look great on a lot of people but most flattering if you have a diamond, oval, or round face shape.

Jaw Length Shag

Jaw Length Shag
Instagram @maygovintage

Q&A with style creator, Mayara Goulart
Hairdresser & Make-up Artist @ Studio Vintage in Sao Paolo, Brazil

How would you describe this look?

This is a modernized channel with light layers (Urban Cut) which is much requested in the salons nowadays. Short hair is a trend no more, but a movement! This styling is finished with hand drying and a slight touch of the Babyliss just at the tips.

The color was created with a free hand balayage tone on tone which gave the perfect match with the cut design.

The thing I like most about this cut is that it’s possible for the client to recreate the look in a very easy way at home.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is for a modern woman who owns an easy beauty, who wants a ready, fast, and practical look for every day.

For straight hair or natural waves, I emphasized the vertical lines of the cut for a more elongated shape.

I used before and after drying the Perfect Me by Wella which gives a soft fixing and a touch of amazing shine to the hair. It’s versatile and the best product for easy styling.

Best for Thick Hair

Q&A with style creator, David Stiefel
Stylist @ Liberated Salon in Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a modern shag pixie. I cut it all with a razor wet and then rough-dried it and slid cut through it to give it more layering and texture. I love how easy and versatile this cut is for styling. I simply used some sea salt spray and a medium hold wax to bring out the texture and give it definition. It’s also a great cut for lightened hair as it’s easy to bring and out and see all the shag elements to this cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think it’s great for more carefree types. It’s a fun look that’s very easy to style you can either blow dry or let it air dry and just use a little product to tousle and go. Styling it is as easy as 5-10 minutes. As I said before, it’s a great look for lightened hair and thick hair as the layering takes out a lot of weight. A style like this is short and breezy while staying very feminine and fun with very little effort involved day to day. A perfect cut for those that love that bedhead style.

Perfect for Fine Hair

Perfect For Fine Hair
Instagram @illusion_r

Q&A with style creator, Rudy Pacheco
Color Correction & Balayage Specialist / Co-owner @ Tangerine Hair Studio in San Jose, CA

How would you describe this look?

What I love the most about this is how fun and sassy a short haircut could be and should be. A lot of women think that short hair could be boring, but the possibilities are endless! Let’s get creative.

When I do this cut, I usually give a slight undercut to remove the unnecessary bulk in the back without having a “stacked” look. It really does posh this haircut. I wouldn’t advise doing an undercut on clients with thinner hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A few things to consider are:

Styling products. Think texture. In this case, I used Kevin Murphy: Body.Builder and Bedroom.Hair.

Styling. I took one section and curled it with the straighter and then the following section I would “bend” the hair creating this finger wave pattern. That way the curls don’t stick and become one giant curl.

As for the face, anyone can have short hair, but there are a few things to consider. If you’re wider on the cheekbone or jawbone area, try to keep the length past the chin with now face-framing layers. It elongates the face creating that perfect oval shape everyone wants.