Achieving a Messy but Elegant Style

Achieving a Messy but Elegant Style

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One of the most popular hairstyles right now is the slightly messy look. With the tousled look of a messy hairstyle, you can give off that “I woke up like this” vibe and make yourself a bit more casual and down-to-earth. It’s one of the biggest trends of 2019, and the timelessness of the style is sure to last for a long time.

At the same time, these hairstyles aren’t just messy disasters. They’re elegant because they have to have a substantial amount of thought put into them. Here are the best tips and tricks for getting a messy style that still looks put-together.

Add Layers to Your Haircut

The perfect messy style starts with the perfect haircut. You need to make sure you have a haircut that will work with a messy style, and there are plenty of ways to do that. The biggest tip here, regardless of the type or length of haircut you want, is to ask for layers. If you tell your stylist you’re trying to go for the messy style look, he or she can help you get the right type of layers for your hair texture and style.

Style Hair When Wet

The best time to create messy styles is when your hair is still a little wet. You don’t want it to be sopping wet, just a bit damp, so it holds your style effectively. Wash your hair as normal, but be sure to dry it by patting it with a towel, rather than wringing it out or rubbing it inside a towel.

Get the Right Products

Products are everything when it comes to a messy style. Again, your stylist can definitely help you with this one. You’re going to need a number of style products, and if you’ve never used them, or you’ve never tried any sort of messy style, you may find yourself a bit lost.

You’re going to need at least a couple of products, namely a texturizing spray and mousse. If you decide to use a flat iron or any kind of heat treatments, make sure you also get a heat protector. Because these products are finishing products, it’s usually a good idea to opt for salon products over drugstore ones if possible. Ask your stylist for personalized recommendations.

Break Out the Blow Dryer

The key to a messy hairstyle is the sort of tousled look that comes along with it. For that, you’re going to want to blow dry. After brushing your hair and adding product, a blow dryer can help you push all the hair strands apart from each other. That will lead to the perfect messy hairstyle that you’ve been looking for. Usually, you’ll want to finish with the cool setting, both to avoid hair damage and to make your hair easier to work with.

Try a Flat Iron

A flat iron can be a lifesaver when it comes to creating beachy waves. Just separate your hair into strands, and then take one strand and twist it up so it’s curled in on itself. Place it in your flat iron and wait for just a few seconds to let the heat start to work its magic. Uncurl your hair and you should find yourself with some light messy waves.

Add an Extra Style

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You don’t have to wear a messy style as a long haircut that spirals down your back. If you want to add some extra flair, you can work messy hair into a number of preexisting styles. For example, you can go through the steps to achieve your messy look, and then do an updo as normal. You’ll get a put-together look with just a bit of wildness.

Messy styles have been popular for a long time and show no signs of slowing. Whether you’re going to the beach and you want those authentic waves, or you just want to give your everyday look a bit of a carefree feeling, incorporating a bit of messiness can be the perfect option.

Your perfect messy hairstyle starts with the perfect stylist. To find a stylist that can help you determine what styles will work best for your face shape and hair type, book an appointment at an Ogle School salon today. It’s the quickest way to start down the path to your new favorite style.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.