34 Messy Hair Styles For Men + Styling Guide - Men Hairstyles World

34 Messy Hair Styles For Men + Styling Guide

If at the beginning of the 20th century everybody wore clean and slick hairstyles, the turn of the century witnessed a major change regarding the hairstyle texture.

Call it a bed head or messy hair, many celebrities made great appearances, even on the red carpet, wearing a messy look.

Being a versatile hairstyle, you can get creative combining a messy fringe with a clean high fade, or a messy quiff with shaved sides.

How To Style Messy Hair

1. Pre-styling:

Every great hair look is born on the barber’s chair. Your hair should be very textured and cut using a choppy technique.

The big pre-styling secret to rock a messy look is this: don’t rinse the conditioner!

After washing your hair, use a daily conditioner and leave it in your hair! Dry your hair using only your fingers, starting from the back of your head.

2. Styling:

To master the messy look, it is obligatory to use some products. You can’t achieve that great look without using some pomade or a molding paste.

Upgrade your styling techniques with Imperial Pomade for a loose messy hairstyle, or use Redken Maximum Control Molding Paste for achieving a naturally messy look with flexibility. Using a hairspray might help a lot too!

Here are 34 examples of some of the best messy hairstyles for men!

1. Bed Head

We’ll start slow by showing you what can only be called a bed head. At the same time, look how good it looks! Simple and effortless (and with minimum hair product).

Bed Head Messy Hair


2. Messy Hairstyle with Temple Fade

Just because you opt for a messy top doesn’t mean you have to go for a generally disheveled hairstyle. So, if you want to combine, we recommend going for a bed head with a temple fade base.

Messy Hair with Temple Fade


3. Short Messy Hair with Bangs

Keep it short, keep it messy, keep it fringe-y! You can go for a short haircut, leave it layered and messy, and still invoke a bit of control by pairing it all with some bangs.

Short Messy Hair with Bangs


4. Messy Hair + Undercut + Beard

This is triple combo, if you may. The undercut is guaranteed to never go out of fashion, and let’s be honest, so is a beard (no matter what style you choose). Take all this and pair it with a messy top too? Perfection!

Messy Hair + Undercut + Beard


5. Bed Head Quiff

If you want a disheveled, just rolled out of bed look, but still need to give it some semblance of its being put together, go for a messy quiff!

Bed Head Quiff Messy Hair


6. Johnny Depp Messy Hair

You rarely spot Johnny Depp without his shoulder-length, pirate-y look nowadays, but when you do, well, let the short hair with messy top speak for itself.

Johnny Depp Messy Hair


7. Medium Hair with Bangs

Similar to Johnny Depp’s hairstyle above, the picture below shows you what you could look like you of opted for a longer, medium-length top. You can also play around with it a bit and create some bangs too (or the one).

Medium Hair with Bangs


8. Swept Back Messy Hairstyle

Messy hair doesn’t mean you can style it, at least a bit. Take a que from the photo below and sweep back your hair with just a little bit of product while leaving it run wild, in general.

Swept Back Messy Hair


9. Textured Blonde Messy Hair

While this particular pic might not make it very clean, the man below decided to not only go for an undercut with shaved designs, but also color his textured, messy hair a blonde shade.

Textured Blonde Messy Hair


10. Unkempt Hair

We’re used to seeing Robert Pattinson with messy, unkempt hair, so if you want some hair inspo, check out his many longer hair ‘dos, particulary does around or after his Twilight period.

Unkept Hair Messy Hair


11. Messy Fringe Haircut

We’ve got yet another great example of how you can wear messy hair and pair it with a nice fringe too. To get the effect below, ruffle your hair and then separate and level as many strands as you like to create a faux fringe.

Messy Hair Fringe Haircut


12. Messy Faux Hawk

Keeping up with the faux trend, we’ve found a faux hawk messy top look that you’ll just love. It’s also very simple to get! Instead of fixing it all in place, just let the top of your faux run wild.

Messy Faux Hawk


13. Short Sides Long Top Messy Hair

There are countless great examples of short sides, long top hairstyles and cuts, but we just love how effortesly cool this messy top one is!

Short Sides Long Top Messy Hair


14. Messy Emo Hair

The heydays of emo hair are quite long past us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still draw inspiration or bring them to a more contemporary look, like below.

Messy Emo Hair


15. Bed Head with Bangs

Another bed head look with actual bangs, this time, paired off with a nice set post 5 o’clock beard on its way to becoming a full-grown one.

Bed Head with Bangs Messy Hair


16. Undercut Fade with Spikes

Less of a bed head and more towards layers. Here, we’ve got a neat undercut fade that is paired of with a layered top styled to resemble spikes. Talk about bringing spiky hairstyles up to speed again!

Undercut Fade with Spikes


17. Messy Red Hair

What could make your bed head, messy hair stand out even more? Some color, of course! Here, we have an example of messy, red copper-ish hair, but you can tint or even dye yours in whatever color you like most!

Messy Hair Red Hair Man


18. Modern Aesthetics Curls

Almost all of the hairstyles we’ve shown you so far made use of the straight hair structure. Which doesn’t mean you can’t have messy hair if you’ve got wavy hair. The example below proves it!

Modern Aesthetics Curls


19. Shaggy Hairstyle for Men

You can up your messy head game and just go for a shag haircut dirrectly. Simplicity and style at its most disorganized and finest!

Shaggy Hairstyle for Men


20. Messy Quiff with Twisted Moustache

As you can tell, this is not exactly an “I’ve just rolled out of bed look” but more of an “I know my trends and my style approach”. The messy top itself is great, but the real game stopper has to be that mustache. We know what took up all the styling time. 😉

Messy Quiff with Twisted Moustache


21. Brad Pitt Messy Hair

Brad Pitt has never been one to shy away from trying out new hairstyles. We’ve seen him with everything from really long locks to his now common shoulder-length hair and even very short cuts. Here, he sports one of the later, which he mixed with some hair product for a stylishly messy look.

Brad Pitt Messy Hair


22. Long Fringe + Undercut + Bleached Hair

We’ve got another great example of blonde locks mixed with an undercut, but this time, it is with a significantly longer top. If you’ve got longer hair and no longer know how to style it, you can easily use this look for inspo.

Long Fringe + Undercut + Bleached Hair + Messy Hair


23. Textured Fringe + Bald Fade

Pair of two of the year’s hottest trends for an extraordinary effect. Just see how good this messy, textured fringe and top look with a bald fade and a full beard.

Textured Fringe + Bald Fade + Messy Hair


24. Voluminous Bed Head

Another one for our longer-haired readers. You can always opt for a bed head look, especially if you combine it with an undercut and a really well-maintained beard.

Voluminous Bed Head Messy Hair


25. Elijah Wood Spiky Mohawk

A fit look for a funky hobbit, here, Elijah Wood styled his messy textured hair to resemble a mohawk.

Elijah Wood Spiky Mohawk


26. Messy Pompadour

Is there anyone who thinks anymore that messy hairstyles aren’t adaptable or oh so easy to style? Yes? Then just look how cool you can adapt a messy head and transform it into a cool modern pompadour.

Messy Pompadour Messy Hair


27. Dark Messy Hair + Stubble

This is more of a coming back to the basics look. The intentionally messy, wavy hair is paired up with stubble for an attractive careless but very much studied dark look.

Dark Messy Hair + Stubble


28. Blonde Bed Head Hair + Undercut + Beard

Another example of bed head and undercut in blonde, this time, with more of a bleached aspect to it. The beard only helps add fullness to the look.

Blonde Bed Head Hair + Undercut + Beard


29. Messy Hairstyles For Men

Simple to style, simple to wear, and fit for almost any occasion. What more could you want?

Messy Hairstyles For Men


30. Daario Naharis Textured Messy Haircut

Everyone did a double take when Game of Thrones totally changed Daario Naharis in-between seasons. Still, we got some major hair inspiration from his character, first thanks to those long spectacular long locks, and then thanks to his dark-colored, messy head and beard look.

Daario Naharis Textured Messy Hair


31. Spiky Hipster Hairstyle + Full Beard + Moustache

Hipster alert, we’ve got a mega cool look coming up! Everything about this picture points to some great hipster style elements, from the messy hair to the full beard to the rather spectacular mustache.

Spiky Hipster Hairstyle + Full Beard + Moustache


32. Wavy Hair

Wavy-haired gents, this one is especially for you! Don’t be afraid to let those waves run loose, or if you’d rather style them just a little bit, then take some hair product and go for a messy look.

Messy Wavy Hair


33. Short Curly Hair

The same goes for all you curly-haired men. Don’t be afraid to keep your curls short and wild, the effect is more than spectacular and worth of envy.

Short Curly Hair


34. 360 Undercut + Full Beard

Last but not least, this list will momentarily end with another take on the undercut, this time in a 360 version. Pair it with a full beard and a messy, layered top, and you’re all good to go!

360 Undercut + Full Beard



Having unkempt hair could prove difficult for many men. However, you can follow our two-step guide and you’ll achieve the messy look in no time!

This hairstyle works great with an undercut or fringe or pompadour or many more, as you’ve seen.

Which one of these are you more than ready to adopt and make your own? Leave a comment and let us know!

This article was updated in August 2019.

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Jeffery R. Hamilton

Jeffery R. Hamilton

Jeffery worked as a barber throughout the East Coast before moving to sunny California. He currently resides in San Francisco and works at a local barbershop. He loves his job and he's always up to speed when it comes to the latest trends regarding men's hairstyles.

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