15 To-Die-For Messy Updos

Leah Faye Cooper
15 To-Die-For Messy Updos
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There is something very appealing about a hairstyle that looks like it’s been slept in for two nights straight, yet earns acclaim as one of the best looks you’ve ever put together. The messy updo is a prime example. Perfect in all of it’s disheveled glory, it’s long been a favorite among celebs on the red carpet, and we consider it a special occasion go to. Do you have your curling iron, hairspray, and bobby pins handy? Because you’re going to want to try all of the messy updos presented here. Happy hairstyling.

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So maybe all of your hair doesn't make it into your bun. Who cares. We assure you it's ok, as does this awesome Alessandra Ambrosio look.

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Piling your natural (or curling-iron-assisted) waves on top of your head creates a standout style, a la Rihanna's.

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Messy meets sophistication with this twisted Rachel McAdams 'do, and they get along handsomely.

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Long strands of hair framing the face added the perfect imperfect touch to Eva Longoria's locks.

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There are few instances when flyaways are a good thing, but rocking an ultra-voluminous updo like Sarah Jessica Parker's is one of them.

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A few of Darby Stanchfield's strands are out of place, and her 'do is all the better for it.

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A center part is always chic, but even more so when matched with a messy updo, as displayed by Jourdan Dunn.

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The contrast between Elizabeth Olsen's messy bun and sideswept bangs is divine, no?

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A textured pompadour and a touch of intentional frizz elevated made this Sandra Bullock style red carpet-worthy.

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Have long bangs? leave them out of the updo equation like Naomi Watts for a playful look.

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A loose curl and and mess of waves pulled to the side looked terrific on Uzo Aduba.

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Vanessa Hudgens's crown braid couldn't be messier, or better. Take notes, guys.

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Worn at the nape of the neck, Natalie Portman's messy bun is the perfect display of romantic styling.

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Braids are one way to add cool, messy texture to an updo, and a very good way as shown by Jessica Morrison.

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J. Lo expertly upgraded a classic ponytail with messy, piecey waves.

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