Sunday, 26 September 2010

Messy Hairstyle Tutorial

So after receiving so many lovely comments and questions about my messy hairstyle, I thought I'd share with you how I achieve this look. Some days I completely leave it to do its own thing, but when it needs a bit of styling this is what I do.

First of all wash your hair, if you have very thin or fly-away hair, or want to make it even easier for yourself to achieve this look - dont use any hair conditioner after shampooing. If you can't go without conditioning your hair use as little conditioner as possible. In these photo's I washed my hair with Tresemme Naturals Shampoo and used absolutely no hair conditioner. 

When you've washed your hair, wrap it up in a towel and leave it for around 10 minutes - this will allow the towel to soak up some of the excess moisture.

This is what my hair looks like after taking the towel off. If you can go without combing your hair with a brush or comb, then dont brush it - this adds to the overall look. If you can't not comb your hair then try just combing it through with your fingers instead.

Take a small amount of mousse - obviously if your hair is longer than mine feel free to use more than I have shown in the picture - but dont apply too much, we dont want any crispy ends!

Then tip your head upside down and scrunch the mousse through the ends and then roots of your hair.

This is for reference what my hair looks like at this point...

And thats it. Leave your hair to dry naturally if you can. I havn't experimented with a hairdryer as I'm avoiding using heat on my hair - but I imagine blowdrying will only make this into a big frizz bomb!

This is after around 40 minutes...

And this is after a couple of hours...

I would then recommend going to sleep with your hair down (this all adds to the bedhead look) and then in the morning just apply a good hairspray to create some more volume at the roots, and if you need it scrunch in a little more mousse! Thats all I will do to it in the morning. And thats it, it really is that simple. Remember it is supposed to look messy! The reason I say to use a good hairspray is because the cheaper ones will make your hair go tacky, sticky, and then ultimately crispy, which makes this hairstyle look too "done" My hairspray of choice is Loreal Elnett.

In terms of what mousse I use, I opt for Loreal full volume mousse.

However another good alternative would be Tresemme Naturals Humidity Resistant Weightless Volumising Mousse - or another simple mousse from Boots or Superdrug.

I really hope this has been useful, it really is simple to achieve this messy, texturised hairstyle, just avoid using too much product as it will ultimately weigh your hair down and leave it looking limp. One of the biggest tips I can give if you struggle to make your hair look like this is to try and not use conditioner before styling. Obviously condition it when you don't want to achieve this look, but when you are wanting to get that "bed head" look sometimes not using conditioner can make all of the difference!

Here's to messy hair! 


  1. Thanks a lot for this! That's the way I do my hair when I don't feel like using heat styling tools.

    I really have to try that L'Oréal Elnett hairspray!

  2. Thanks for posting your how to for this. I'm definitely going to try it! xx

  3. Hi Kelly!!

    Thanks for the tutorial : )

    I didn't really think about not conditioning my hair when creating this look...I guess conditioner weighs down your hair.

    Thanks again...will give it a try!!

    Gemma x

  4. Reet nice Kelly. And I like your new blog title what-not )

  5. Your hair looks great. I find that mine is frizz-free provided I don't touch it while it's air drying. After that I can fluff/scrunch it without any problems. I love Elnett hairspray.

  6. Gorgeous :) I always let my hair air dry and scrunch it, but never think to use moose! xxx


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