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Choppy, messy hair is officially in! And while this low-maintenance look is beloved because it requires minimal styling effort, there are still a few things you should know if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself. Equal parts beach waves and rolled-out-of-bed gorgeousness, choppy, messy hair is all about embracing texture, as this can help add dimension to your tresses. Plus, since your hair is supposed to look messy, this means you’ll get out the door faster thanks to all that time you’re saving on styling. But how does one actually get this coveted lived-in hairstyle? While it may look effortless, there is a technique to creating choppy, messy hair. Just follow our five messy hairstyle tips below to get the undone look yourself.
The most important part of creating a messy hairstyle is to start with the proper haircut. If all of your hair is one length, it will be quite difficult to emulate this season’s must-have look. So, the next time you visit the salon, tell your stylist you want choppy layers. It’s a good idea to bring a picture or two that perfectly illustrate the messy, lived-in look you’re hoping to achieve. Choppy layers can help add volume, definition, and movement to your mane. Once you’ve got the perfect haircut, you can move on to learning how to style it like a pro—and we’ve got you covered with the following tips!
Once your hair is cut properly for this look, the next step is to stock up on the right products. As far as styling messy, choppy hair goes, a styling cream is your best bet, although pomade or gel can work, too. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the styling cream into your hand and apply it to random chunks throughout your whole head of hair while it’s damp, making sure to keep it concentrated from mid-shaft to your ends to avoid making your crown and roots look greasy. That’s it—just let your hair air dry to create perfectly imperfect texture, which is the hallmark of messy, choppy hair. Just think about all you can do with the time you’ve saved on skipping blow-drying your hair.
Another great way to add texture to your hair for an awesome messy, choppy look is to spritz your mane with wave spray after showering. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray on damp hair to boost your natural texture. If your hair is on the straight side, create a braid for added texture, then undo the braid once your hair has dried. Create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. Carefree beach waves without visiting the ocean? Easy, peasy! (Learn how to style your hair into beachy waves year-round.)
Texturizer spray, we see you. With an allover spritz of a matte texturizer spray, you can add grit and definition to your hair. Use it on second day hair to really amp up your messy, choppy hairstyle without having to put in much effort.
If you want your messy, choppy hair to look a little wavier, using a curling wand is a great way to get that result. While curling wands are fabulous on their own, to get the textured, gritty look signature of choppy hair, spritz your hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray before curling your hair to help your curls last longer while still looking soft and textured.
Want even more easy hairstyle ideas that’ll save you time? Check out our article, Perfectly Imperfect: 9 Low-Maintenance Undone Hairstyles.