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Short Messy Hair Tutorial

Style Story

The Short Messy Cut

A carefree organised mess.

This short and messy hairstyle is really versatile. It works with all kinds of hairstyles: you can rock this laid back look with either straight or curly hair. This messy haircut only needs Lynx Styling Urban Matt Gel and a bit of personality for it to work to its full potential.

No need to be super precise or make sure every hair is in the right place. The messy haircut is all about a wild and carefree attitude with just a hint of effort.  If you want to go for the full rugged look, team your messy haircut with stubble or a full on beard. 

How it Began

The History

Short messy hair is a staple look of youth subcultures: from the beat poets of NYC to Southern Californian surfers and skaters. There's just something about being young and free that calls for a short and messy do. 

A guy with short messy hair, in profile.

A low maintenance cut with plenty of attitude. Rocking this is easy: keep it short. Wear it messy. Walk out the door. 

Kieron Webb - The London Barber

Learn the fundamentals



  • Dry


    Start with dry hair. 

  • Coat


    Evenly coat your hands with Lynx Styling Urban Matt Gel.

  • Define


    Squeeze product through your hair to help define and encourage the texture.

  • Mess


    Go over your hair with a hairdryer to reshape. Add more product to get really wild and messy.