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What Is a Messy Updo?

B. Miller
B. Miller

A messy updo is a type of hairstyle in which medium-length to long hair is pulled up off the face and twisted behind the head, often into a bun or ponytail. This is accomplished using hair ties and pins, depending on the hair type an individual has. It can be a nice, casual everyday look that keeps the hair off the face and the back of the neck; with a little modification it can look nice in more formal settings as well. There are a number of different ways to create a messy updo, and many people make this hairstyle part of their everyday look.

It is necessary to have slightly longer hair when trying to accomplish a messy updo. People with short hair may be able to pin it back off the face, but it will be more difficult to create a bun or twist in the back of the head. In general, the best way to begin creating a messy updo is to add some texturizing product to dampen hair, and then drying or curling it so it is dry but not perfectly styled. Starting with slicked-back hair or perfectly smooth, straight hair can make the updo look too formal.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Some people prefer to pull the hair straight back and pin it, while others prefer to part the hair and then pull it back. This is completely a matter of personal preference. It may then simply be twisted into a bun or pulled into a partial ponytail. Some people will try to make the messy updo look more elaborate by pinning the hair rather than twisting it using a hair tie. For people with thin hair, this can be a good way to make the messy updo look a lot fuller on the back of the head; people with thicker or curly hair likely do not need to worry about this.

Finishing a messy updo with some hairspray or shine spray can help to keep it in place and make it look finished. For a more casual look, pulling out a few pieces around the face or a few longer pieces in the back can complete the look. In many cases, a messy updo that is pulled slightly to the side of the head, and fastened at the nape of the neck, can look a bit more formal, and is a good way to take this look from daytime to evening.

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