Do you want to look effortless but also put together? With the right fun and flirty look, you can wear your newly tousled hair in any situation.
We see celebrities, stylists, public personas, and more embracing their natural hair texture rather than trying to tame it with a straightener. Wear your hair natural or texturize it with products to achieve the tousled hair you want for work, school, social functions, and every other event.
Here’s our gallery featuring women of all ages with tousled hairstyles. You can see the tousled look for all hair colors and lengths as well. We include female celebs.
Tousled hairstyles are fun and flirty, making them fit for any given situation. They look absolutely effortless, and everyone from celebrities to influencers is embracing the natural hair texture for a more messy look. It requires much less effort than going straight for harsh products and straighteners that begin to take a toll on your hair.
Side-swept bangs paired with the wavy hair is one look that everyone loves. The gentle honey tones with the blond hair help the hairstyle stand apart from the rest.
Tousled hair can manage to look absolutely delicious when paired with long blond hair. This combination is perfect for any given setting, whether it is a formal event or a fun girl’s night out on a Saturday evening.
A short bob can do wonders for your jawline since it frames the face perfectly. With tousled hair, the bob looks really cute. Emilia Clarke has paired the style with some nice blond highlights that bring out the curls in the hair.
A bob till the shoulders is a great idea, especially with tousled, messy hair to give it an effortless look. The brunette hair looks amazing on Lucy Hale, all tousled and messy.
The middle parting is not something that many people do but it truly looks so good especially with long brunette hair and tousled tresses.
A short platinum bob is perfect to bring out your eyes and accentuate the jawline. With messy curls, the hair looks even more effortless.
You can also pair your tousled hair with straight, sleek bangs. This looks really amazing since the combination gives your hair a unique look.
Creating more volume in straight hair is also possible through the tousled look. All you have to do is mess them up so that they are more open.
Tousled hairstyles with smokey makeup can really create a memorable look. This will soon become your signature look if you have auburn hair due to the fact that it will make you look intense and add to your personality.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley uses the tousled look to create a messy sweeping hairstyle. The shoulder-length hair looks carefully set to look messy, giving her a really elegant look overall.
Parted in the middle, the tousled hair begins to frame the face in a delicate manner. This creates a softer look especially if your hair is dyed a nice strawberry blond.
Messy hair with its effortless appeal and an amazing sense of personality can be seen in the picture above. It creates a nice look that anyone can achieve with a few tugs here and there.
Ombre hair dyes are also really ‘in’ these days since they add a little color to the hair. They look lovely and give the hair the much-needed boost so that they look beautiful without putting in too much effort.
Fringes are the perfect way to complement your tousled hair so that it looks like perfection. The blond color looks gorgeous and gives the hair some much-needed volume.
You can also tuck the fringes under your hair so that it looks as classy as possible. This look is unique since most people leave the bangs on the side.
This is a two-step haircut that looks amazing with tousled hair. The first step reaches the shoulder while the rest of the hair falls down, reaching the middle of your back. From the front, the hairstyle looks like you cut your hair till the shoulder.
Ombre hair also means that you can get darker chocolate brown hair on the top, which lightens towards a blond color midway through. This gives your tousled hair more volume and attracts attention.
Katie Holmes has repeatedly used the tousled look to highlight her girl-next-door features. Her hair looks perfect in the soft brown color.
The golden hair helps accentuate the messy tousled hairstyle. They create a really nice look since the soft waves in the hair frame the face perfectly.
Kate Winslet has swept her bangs carelessly to the side with the tousled hair, which creates the perfect effortless look that she pulls off perfectly.
With a carefree aura, the TV personality flaunted her wispy blonde hair with dark roots and bangs. It is complemented with a jaguar print dress which she wore during the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 14, 2019.
Hayden Panettiere during the 2012 Teen Choice Awards last July 23rd in a stunning purple gown with her tousled blonde hair showing dark roots.
The actress Malin Akerman was at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Proposal” held at the El Capitan Theater last June 1, 2009. She had an elegant blue outfit to complement her tousled blond waves with highlights.
The actress looked gorgeous in a pastel dress along with her loose wavy hair that she gathered on the left side. This was worn during the premiere of “Rough Night” at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 12, 2017.
The actress rocked a tousled hairstyle with subtle waves during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet on August 9, 2018. It was side-parted with dark roots peeking out.
Mila Kunis was at the Family Guy’s DVD Party held at the Mann’s National Theatre in Los Angeles last September 27, 2005. She had a sexy ensemble outfit to match her tousled and loose raven layers.
Salma Hayek was seen with her chic and fun loose waves to match her shiny black dress at the 2013 Weinstein Company Golden Globes After Party last January 13, 2013.
Last August 9, 2016, the actress Salma Hayek was at the world premiere of “Sausage Party” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. She wore a sexy black sheer outfit to match her iconic wavy tousled hair.
Miranda Kerr had her voluminous locks tousled and highlighted at the Rock and Republic Spring / Summer 2007 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week on September 09, 2006.
Jennifer Aniston paired her black dress by Madison Margiela with a tousled wavy hairstyle at the PaleyLive NY: Apple TV The Morning Show Preview Screening last October 29, 2019.
The actress exhibited her tousled blonde hair with light highlights at the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards 2016 on January 17th. A style that has always been her favorite, simple yet very chic.
Replicate this messy but voluminous medium-length layers Alyssa Milano wore at the Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen 20th Anniversary Gala on November 6, 2013.
The actress on location for EAT LOVE PRAY filming in Lower Manhattan, New York on August 20, 2009. She wore a tousled low twisted bun paired with black shades.
She was a picture of elegance and beauty with her tousled waves with a middle part for her medium-length brunette hair and bold lips at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala 2013.
Blake Lively’s loose and tousled layers went well with her casual outfit at the Teen People Party held at The Cabana Club in Los Angeles, CA back on August 13, 2005.
The singer-songwriter exhibited her tousled blonde waves during the concert at the musical event “Festivalbar 2004” held on September 18th.
On December 1, 2007, Britney Spears attended the Scandinavian Style Mansion held at the Private Residence in Bel Air, USA with a sexy outfit that goes perfectly with her long tousled hairstyle.
Tyra Banks was bubbly at 5th Annual FASHION ROCKS Concert Hosted by Conde Nast, Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY on September 05, 2008. She wore a red dress with a belt to go with her long, wavy and tousled loose hairstyle.
Alexandra Daddario at the Los Angeles premiere of “Avatar” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood on Dec. 16, 2009.
Model Gigi Hadid was quite lovely with her simple make-up and beach hair that is tousled side-swept at the Nickelodeon’s 27th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at the Galen Centre in Los Angeles on March 29, 2014.
Miley Cyrus went with a long and wavy tousled hairstyle that has a reddish-brown tone when she performed on the main stage on Rock in Rio – Lisboa on May 29, 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal.
On January 21, 2017, Miley Cyrus and Jane Fonda participated in the Women’s March, 750,000 activists protesting Donald J. Trump the day after Presidential Inaugural in Los Angeles. Miley went with a yellow dress to go with her side-swept tousled balayage hairstyle.
Lady Gaga looked quite lovely in her colorful body outfit, tall black heels and a thick, wavy and tousled blond hair with blunt bangs at the H&M Times Square store opening on November 14, 2013, in New York City.
On June 1, 2019, Jennifer Lawrence wore a dress by Rosie Assoulin at the 12th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park. She paired this with a tousled and wavy medium length blond hairstyle.
Angelina Jolie was at the premiere of SHARK TALE at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, New York on September 27, 2004. She came wearing a stylish animal print coat that she paired with a tousled brown hairstyle with layers.
Cara Delevingne’s center-parted loose and tousled sandy blond hairstyle were complemented by bold blue eye make-up at the Unique show as part of London Fashion Week AW13 in Tate Modern, London on February 17, 2013.
Kate Hudson’s long and tousled blond layers stood out on her black smart casual outfit when she visited the ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ taping in New York, NY on June 8, 2010.
Actress Reese Witherspoon was charming with her brilliant smile, stunning dress and medium-length tousled wavy blond hairstyle loose on her shoulders at the MTV Movie Awards 2011 on June 05, 2011, in Hollywood, CA.
Carrie Underwood gathered her blonde hair in a messy updo with wispy bangs and tendrils during the Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 on April 07, 2013.
Jennifer Lopez adds some bounce on her loose center-part waves, giving her a fierce look at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, 2015.
Christina Aguilera rocks a tousled bob hairstyle for her go-to looks during the “The Voice” Summer Break Party – Top 8 event on April 23, 2015.
Michelle Rodriguez wearing a tousled hairstyle with wispy bangs at the launch of HALO: REACH, presented by XBOX 360 on September 8, 2010.
Mel B looking hot in her red cropped top and white trouser pants as she pulled her kinky hair up into a high-top ponytail hairstyle during the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 10 Results Show on August 26, 2015.
Rachel Weisz was seen at the photocall ahead of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival screening of ‘The Brothers Bloom on October 27, 2008, in a patterned dress and bouffant half updo.
Sienna Miller shows off her assets in a cream embellished gown and made a perfect hairstyle in a short tousled bob as she attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015.
The lovely actress with her woke-up-like-this look in messy loose layers with curtain bangs as she attends the photocall during the 6th International Rome Film Festival on October 26, 2011.
Gal Gadot was at The Moms Present a Screening of ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ at The London Hotel on October 20, 2016, in West Hollywood, CA. She came in a simple beige dress that she paired with simple makeup and shoulder-length loose tousled hair with subtle layers.
Victoria Justice was at the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 10, 2011. She was charming in a blue dress that she paired with a long tousled and wavy hairstyle with highlights and layers.
Keira Knightley was at the “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater on January 15, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. She paired her simple dress with a messy low bun hairstyle with wavy bangs.
Ashley Benson attended the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards held at the Palladium Hollywood in Los Angeles, California on August 14, 2011. She paired her bright pink dress with a long wavy and layered sandy blonde hairstyle with a tousled and loose finish.
Sarah Hyland was at the 2012 American Giving Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on December 7, 2012, in Pasadena, CA. She was lovely in her strapless black dress and a messy high ponytail with a brunette tone and loose tendrils.
On August 11, 2013, Chloe Grace Moretz was at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Hollywood. She wore a colorful off-shoulder dress to go with her brunette bun hairstyle that has loose wavy side-swept bangs.
Rose Byrne was at the FOX All-Star Party at the Pier, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA on July 14, 2008. She wore a charming black dress with her loose and tousled long brunette hairstyle that has highlights and waves at the tips.
Milla Jovovich attended the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on March 16, 2013, in New York City. She wore a white semi-formal outfit with her shoulder-length brunette hairstyle that has a slight tousle and layered bangs.
On August 9, 2009, Shailene Woodley was at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City. She wore a colorful outfit with her asymmetrical hairstyle that has highlights, long side-swept bangs, and loose tendrils.
Aubrey Plaza was at the “Baby Driver” Premiere at the Theater at Ace Hotel on June 14, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. She wore a strapless dress and topped it with a shoulder-length curly and tousled brunette hairstyle with layers.
Brittany Snow attended the Audi And Derek Lam Kick Off Emmy Week 2012, Cecconi’s, West Hollywood, CA on September 16, 2012. She wore a charming beige dress with her messy and curly sandy blonde bun hairstyle.
Jennifer Hudson was at the Los Angeles Premiere of “Think Like a Man” held at the Cinemadrome Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 9, 2012. She was lovely in a casual outfit that she paired with her shoulder-length kinky curls.
Emma Roberts attended the FX’s “American Horror Story” 100th Episode Celebration on October 26, 2019 in Hollywood, CA. She was stunning in a black strapless dress to match her dark tousled shoulder-length hairstyle with layers tucked behind her ears.
Zooey Deschanel was at the 1st Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, 2004, in Beverly Hills, CA. She paired her sexy white dress with a long and tousled dark hairstyle that has bangs and spiral curls.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal attended the National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on January 4, 2017. She was charming in a patterned dress and messy dark bun hairstyle.
These lovely dark tresses are styled into loose gentle waves with a middle part for the 2016 Outfest Legacy Awards on October 23, 2016.
Jennifer Garner was spotted at the MTV Video Music Awards VMA’s 2007 on September 9 rocking a tousled and layered hairstyle with side bangs.
Her brunette locks were pulled in a high messy big bun at the Battersea Power Station Global Launch Party on November 6, 2014.
13 Types of Tousled Hair Cuts for Women
1. Tousled Hair from Overnight Braids
Usually, braids when left overnight produce curls. However, if you are not planning to use hair cosmetics for a naturally tousled look, you can achieve it with braids. Make around 10 braids around your head and do not remove them as you sleep. In the morning, you can remove them and simply run your fingers through your hair. You now have that messy style that you can readily flaunt.
2. Blonde Tousled Locks
If you have blonde hair, you can easily achieve that tousled look you mostly see on celebrities. You may usually see ones that have been professionally tousled where they use hair gel and curling iron. To get this kind of look, you can simply ask your hairdresser. One great thing about this tousled style is that they can last at least one whole day.
3. Tousled Hair with Highlights
If you have locks with highlights, they can help make tousling more attractive. The problem with this style though is that your messy hair can conceal those other colors. It works if that is what you are aiming for but it is always more appealing to have those beautiful hues out in plain sight. You can achieve this look when you mind how you separate those hair strands. Have each strand grouped with only one color so even though your hair is messy, it will still look neat.
4. The Curly Tousle
Usually, curly tousles are a result of serious work. You can talk to your hairdresser to get this wonderful effect, or you can use some methods that involve curling iron and some hair gel, which you will mostly apply at the top part of your hair. This way, you will get those perfect curls on your head then just let the bottom part be all messy.
5. Windblown Hairstyle
This haircut will give you a tousled look the natural way or with the help of a professional. This style works excellently for women with fine, straight hair. The windblown hairstyle can be achieved even when you do not use hairsprays or without a long barber session, which makes it great for everyone. You can create this look in the comfort of your home.
6. Minor Tousle
Tousling does not always have to involve all your hair. You can leave the whole length of your hair and just work on both the left and right sides of your locks. Aim to create an effect on the sides or just the bottom part of your hair. Although the hairstyle will look a little bit softer than what you are used to with a tousled appearance, it will still be as effective.
7. Tousled Hair for Short, Fine Hair
If you have thin or fine hair, you can create volume with short tousled haircuts. You can use this style to conceal sparse and spacey spots in your head. To have this type of haircut, you need to wash your hair first with shampoo and conditioner. Use products that will give you a tidy yet voluminous base, which will aid in attaining the look you are going for.
The next step is to prep your hair with a spray that will protect your hair from heat since you will use a blow dryer before you style the strands. You will also need a round hairbrush for flipping the hair outward, which is the secret to creating the tousled effect.
8. Short, Wavy Hair Tousling
For those with wavy hair and want to go for a tousled haircut, it is a bit easier for them than those with fine and straight hair. Therefore, it is quite easy to achieve the look. Simply wash your hair and use a wave-defining cream to emphasize those curls you already have. It usually works better when applied with damp hair.
Let your hair dry without using a blow dryer. Also, do not use a comb to fix your hair; instead, use your fingers to add more texture to your style.
9. Thick Tousled Hair
Meanwhile, if your hair is short and yet it is quite thicker than most girls’ locks, the process is not that difficult, which is the good news. However, getting there can be quite a challenge. When done right, you will get a bouncy and a luscious hairstyle. To begin, get a heat protectant before you use a hair wand or a curling iron. Make sure to be careful when using the tool. At the same time, curling your hair away from your face can give you a tousled effect.
Set the hairstyle using a hairspray that supports a stronghold for your locks. It will keep your hair in place while letting the waves stay put even during a windy day.
10. Messy Side Part
Part your hair at the center of your head and have both left and right sides have messy curly waves. The result is a sexy look that is unkempt but still attractive. One great thing about this styling is that you never have to use any product or even a curling tool.
11. The Ombre Spikes
If you have really short hair, such as a pixie cut, it does not mean you cannot get that trendy tousled look. In truth, you can easily create spike-like curls by simply using your fingers for the styling process. You will, of course, have to wet your hair after you have applied a mousse or a hair gel. Achieve that rebel look with blunt spikes that showcase the true essence of a pixie cut.
12. Subtle Disheveled Look
This hairdo presents a youthful touch to any woman. Have some fine bangs, along with the crumpled layers at the bottom of the hair to complete the disheveled style.
13. Fringed Soft Curls
Surprise everyone with a cute, uncombed style. Pair your curly bangs with some loose curls that will give you a soft yet adorable look. Even though it is a messy hairstyle, you can wear it for formal events.
How to Get Beach Waves or Bedhead
It isn’t always easy to achieve the unkempt look for your hair. In fact, it just might take a bit of styling. The number one rule to remember with this look is to look natural without overworking it too much.
Some recommendations for getting beach waves include:
- Start by building volume by brushing the hair from underneath your roots and down the strands. To learn the right way to back brush, try out a few techniques on your hair. Brushing from underneath isn’t as aggressive as teasing the hair.
- Divide your hair in half with a part down the middle and twist your hair into sections. Twist each section into small mini buns and hold them in place with a couple of bobby pins. Dry your hair with a blow dryer and take out the bobby pins for a beachy look.
- For straight hair, you want to use a texturizing spray to add texture and volume. Another way to do this is to randomly use a large curling iron on your hair, in different directions, to build volume.
- For curly hair, you may need to make your hair less unruly than it looks when unstyled. Try blow drying your hair downward, so it is drying from the roots to the ends of your hair. By actually pulling curls out of your hair, it gives a tousled look.
- Get an extra lift with dry shampoo sprayed at your roots. This added dimension keeps your hair from getting oily throughout the day.
The Tousled Look: Great for Second Day Hair
If you don’t have time to wash your hair in the morning or your hair doesn’t do well with a daily wash, beach waves are the look you want! You can roll out of bed, add a bit of product, and go about your day.
The biggest benefit of tousled hair is how it does well on the second day of wear. Other benefits of this style are ease of maintenance, no need to get cut regularly, and looking good for every occasion.
The Style for Every Hair Length
When you love your current style, but want to change up your daily look, try giving yourself the unkempt look. It works for short, long, and medium hair lengths.
In addition, if you are in between styles and trying to grow out your length, tousled hair serves as a strong transitional look as you wait for new growth. Look no further than the bedhead look if you are ready to finally feel confident in the way your hair looks!