Considering the period that we are all going through right now which can be best defined as a global pandemic followed by a lockdown, our hair is no longer that important, especially considering the fact that most of us are working from home. So, messy updos are certainly our most preferred hairstyles as of late.
So, with these circumstances in mind, we have decided to gather some of the most adorable and carefree messy updos in an article that we hope will inspire you to find more alternatives to style your locks, both for formal events as well as for your everyday chores. Here we go!
I. Casual Messy Updos
1. Low Massive Messy Bun with Red Hair
The first hairstyle that we will talk about is this low messy bun that can be easily done if your hair is long, wavy, and rather voluminous. You will get a massive bun that you can secure with either some bobby pins or elastic, keeping in mind that the final look should be as messy as possible. Red hair or not, this should look good and comfy no matter what.
2. High Blonde Messy Updo with Cap
This is a rather unusual messy hairstyle in the sense that you can wear it outside when you don’t feel like styling your hair but still want to feel cute. Get a cap, put your hair through that hole in the back, and twist it in a messy updo. Secure it well and leave the ends of your locks hanging over the cap in the messiest and most carefree way possible.
3. Straight Hair Twisted Messy Bun with Pin
Even if this straight hair bun is not as messy as the previous ones, it’s still a quick and carefree look that you can wear both at home or in the city. Create a spiral out of your hair and secure it behind your head using a statement hairpin or any accessories that you feel comfortable and cute wearing. Let your long bangs free and tuck them behind your ears.
4. Straight Hair Messy Updo with Clip
Also if you have straight hair, this messy updo could be your best friend when you’re working or spending a day out because it’s messy but super cute and wearable. Just twist your hair and secure it with a large clip. That is all! A simple, quick, and pretty hairstyle that looks good with any outfit.
5. Low Messy Bun with Gold Accessories
This is yet another low messy bun that can be worn to your office or even when you are working from home. Gather your hair behind your back towards your nape area and secure it with a nice gold accessory, just to make your entire look more special. Leave out some strands to frame your face and get to work!
6. Wavy Messy Updo
This wavy messy updo is actually a high bun made with long wavy hair which has a twisted strand around its root to hide the elastic or bobby pins. Your long bangs should be left free or tucked behind your ear for an even cozier and more laidback vibe.
7. Low Side Messy Bun
This step-by-step guide on how to create a low side messy bun can be very useful when you’re running out of ideas regarding a comfortable yet cute everyday hairstyle. Twist your long locks on a lower side of your head and then messily secure the bun with bobby pins and maybe add some hairspray to keep everything in place.
8. Medium Height Wavy Messy Bun
This is a medium-height type of messy bun which is super simple to do and very comfortable too. It’s done using the same aforementioned principle only this time you create the bun at a medium-height and secure it with bobby pins.
9. Intricate Wavy Low Side Messy Bun
In case you feel like doing a more intricate messy updo, you can always go for this wavy low side one which looks complex but, in reality, is super easy to do. You need to start off by creating some loose waves in your long hair which you then messily secure behind your head and add bobby pins to keep it in place. Let your bangs haircut fall graciously and enjoy your laidback yet sophisticated look.
10. Twisted Messy Low Bun
This is a very easy yet very pretty and effective twisted messy low bun that you create starting off with a low ponytail. You will need to twist it around itself a few times until the result is a puffy low bun. Keep it messy, cute, leave out some rebel strands, and enjoy the rest of your day.
11. Short Wavy Hair Low Messy Bun
In case your hair is on the shorter side and rather wavy, you can still come up with a super cute low messy bun hairstyle for wavy hair. These steps will explain how exactly to create it using only a rubber band and some bobby pins. The result is carefree, wearable, and definitely versatile if you feel like going out later in the evening.
12. Short Hair Low Messy Bun
Similarly, a low messy bun can be done with short hair that’s not that wavy and using a slightly different method. You will need to create a thin half up half down ponytail which you then split into two sections that you finally wrap around each other for a laidback yet comfortable and beautiful hairstyle.
13. Low Messy Bun with Braided Crown
For those of you who are more into those romantic and super feminine braid hairstyles, this low messy bun also has a braided hair crown that goes around your head for a more elegant vibe. Preferably, your hair should be wavy and thick so that the two braids can have volume and look perfect. Other than that, you can definitely wear this hairstyle wherever you go, even at home.
14. Messy Updo with Headband
For a truly authentic work from home vibe, you can go for a headband that you wrap around your head after doing a basic messy updo to keep your hair out of your face. This is a good idea if you are usually working on a computer or doing something creative that requires your eyes to be able to focus freely. Plus, you will look cute!
15. Tight Messy Updo
This is a basic yet super popular and comfortable example of a messy updo that you can count on anytime for almost any occasion. Just twist your hair towards the top of your head and secure it with either some bobby pins, a rubber band, or any other hair accessory you like. You can go the sleek way or you can fluff out your hair a bit for extra volume. Dry shampoo also helps in this case.
16. Medium Height Messy Bun
This is a medium-height messy bun that’s the equivalent of the previous one, only not that high. It’s more relaxed, looser, and it allows you to play around and even let the ends of your hair free, for extra messiness. Add the right accessories and you can even spend an evening out wearing this laid-back hairstyle.
17. Messy Updo with Rebel Ends
If you want the messiest messy updo in the world, this is probably it. It’s so messy that it almost looks too put together. Twist your hair in a high updo, secure it with bobby pins, and make sure to leave the ends of your hair out hanging on your forehead like some sort of fake bangs. Trust us, it will work and you will get tons of compliments. Hair mousse and hair spray might also help you keep everything under control.
18. Super Thin Messy Low Bun
If you are more into those sleek and minimalistic hairstyles that you can wear at all times, then this thin and messy low bun is perfect for you. Also, it looks the best with thin and dull hair because it only requires you to fold your hair and secure it with a rubber band but very loosely. The long bangs and the rest of your hair should frame your face and be left alone.
19. Messy Updo with Nape Undercut
Now, this is a twist in the story! A messy updo is one thing and we have already talked about so many versions of it but a messy updo with a nape undercut is something else! So, if you are feeling extra edgy and you want something truly special, ask your hairstylist to get you this and maybe add some shaved patterns on your nape, for the shock factor!
20. Messy Updo with Long Bangs
If you like to keep your bangs long and you are a fan of messy updos, then this one has the best of both worlds. Just gather your hair in a messy bun on top of your head making sure to leave out your bangs to frame your face in a messy yet cute manner. This is truly a simple yet super cool look!
21. Messy Updo with Long Blunt Bangs
For those of you who are fans of blunt bangs, the good thing about them is that they can be integrated into all sorts of hairstyles, including a messy updo. Get a rubber band, secure your hair on top and let the bangs add that mysterious vibe and completely transform your look.
22. Small Messy Updo with Hair Clips
This is a cute and unique way to transform a rather simple and basic messy updo into a special hairstyle that can be worn even during a night out. Create a classic messy bun and add all sorts of accessories on the back area of your head so that they can be seen from behind and act as statement pieces.
23. Half Up Half Down Messy Updos
You can also try a half up half down look that combines your wavy hair with a messy updo. It’s cute, wearable, adaptable, feminine, and can be definitely turned into a more elegant hairstyle for the evening if that’s what you want.
24. Messy Updos with Side-Parted Thin Bangs
In case your hair is thin and your have side-parted bangs, keep them as they are while creating a messy updo for when you’re working from home or doing anything else. Other than that, this is a truly basic look that will get you out of trouble no matter where you are and what you’re doing.
25. Messy Updos on Curly Hair
For curly-haired ladies, this messy updo is still a basic one but the gorgeous texture of your locks will make it special. Secure your hair on top with a rubber band or bobby pins and extract some bouncy curls which will frame your face nicely.
II. Formal Messy Updos
26. Braided Halo Messy Updos (3 styles)
When it comes to formal messy updos, you have a very wide area of options to choose from. These three examples all have a braided halo that goes around your head, as an extra detail for the messy updo. Definitely a perfect hairstyle for a formal event that’s still casual and laid back.
27. Voluminous Messy Updos with Rebel Strands
This voluminous messy updo has an edgy side thanks to those rebel strands and can be definitely worn if you are a bridesmaid or even the bride herself. It’s a comfortable look that’s also not difficult to create and worth trying.
28. Messy Updos with Elegant Braided Crown
If you want a messy updo that also comes with something special, go for this elegant braided crown that will completely transform the look. Regardless of the event that you’re planning to attend, you will be the star of it.
29. Messy Updos with Pearls
This is probably the perfect messy updo for a bride, especially if your hair is long and wavy. It’s simply gorgeous, easy to do, versatile, comfortable, and can be easily adorned with some accessories like pearls, for extra elegance.
30. Elegant Messy Updows Low Buns with Curly Hair and Accessories
For ladies who have naturally curly hair, this type of messy low bun is perfect. It’s elegant, easy to do and wear, and can always be embellished with various subtle accessories, depending on the event you’re planning to attend.
31. Twisted and Braided Elegant Messy Updos (6 styles)
These are six twisted and braided elegant messy updos that anyone can do, both for formal and informal occasions. You need to have relatively long and wavy hair and to make sure that you will feel comfortable with such a hairstyle for hours. When it comes to twisting or braiding the hair, the choice is yours.
32. Wavy Hair Messy Updos with Long Bangs (4 styles)
For those who have long wavy hair, these four hairstyles can help you, especially if you want to go for a messy updo. Gather your hair at your nape area, secure it well, maybe add some accessories, and finally, some hairspray for extra hold.
33. Elegant Messy Updos with Accessories (3 styles)
There is this paradox of elegant hairstyles also being messy and we love it! These three examples prove that very well. You can add accessories to your messy low bun, make it more voluminous, or even braid your hair. It will still look phenomenal!
34. Elegant Messy Twisted Updos (4 styles)
If you are a fan of twisted messy low buns, these four examples should inspire you to make the right choice. Even if your hair is not that long, this hairstyle will still look good, especially for a formal event like a birthday or any similar occasion.
35. Super Messy Formal Updos with Accessories (3 styles)
If you feel like going the goddess way and add those magnificent leaves as accessories for your hair, then these three examples will help you. Go wild, keep your hair super messy, leave rebel strands out, and enjoy the spectacular final look. You will certainly turn some heads!
In conclusion, regardless of the occasion that you need to attend or if you simply need to spend a day working from home, messy updos are still the way to go. They are extremely versatile, cute, easy to do, comfortable, and, most importantly, require only a few minutes to be ready. You can also add countless accessories if you want a more elegant vibe or simply allow your hair to express its own personality and go with the flow!