Messy Hair, on purpose…

by jennine on August 4, 2008

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Messy Hair, on purpose…

As happy as I am to see more natural hair on the rise (thank you Mary Kate Olsen), you know hair that is not particularly straight, or curly, nor perfectly shiny and brushed. I’m even more intrigued by messy big hair, done up on purpose. Ratted hair has always been seen on runways and in fashion editorials, but Amy Winehouse and others coveting her magnificent beehive (hopefully minus the emphysema) bring back the fascination with overtly large and unnaturally sculptured hair.

The runways have been good about doing 21st century takes on th big hair movement… not quite wholesome 60′s and not punk, the mix between messy and clean creates a whole different feeling, like ripping your jeans on purpose, or paint splattered silk, the intentional mess taps into the beauty of chaos.

Besides, the thing I like about it most, is the fact that it was VERY easy to work on myself. I just ratted my hair into a lopsided beehive, hairsprayed and clipped my hair back, leaving which ever strands out. It took a few minutes (not including the straight ironing) and there was something about it I quite liked. In a way, I felt more authentic, as though I could celebrate the intentional mess inside me.

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Collage: Clockwise from top: Paris Vogue Feb 2008, Whyred SS09, Marc Jacobs SS08, Thaikoon AW08, Vivienne Westwood AW08, Alexander McQueen AW08

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Ashe Mischief August 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

I used to be a huge fan of messy tangled matted hair (probably too much Witch Baby in me); since moving to the Mid-West, I’ve been intrigued on the way that girls tease their hair. They do it in a way that creates a very tailored, clean, fun, and deliberate look.

For the life of me, I can’t get it to work myself. My hair just falls out of the ratting. I LOVE the styling on your hair now.

mary August 4, 2008 at 9:19 am

looks great! the high-hair is coming back, right?

jennine August 4, 2008 at 10:07 am

ashe… ooh, girls in the midwest tease their hair,and it’s not the claw? i’m really intrigued.

and mary, i really hope so… it would be fun!

WendyB August 4, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Oh, you sex kitten, you!

punky August 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm

sweet, I love when messy hair is a trend my hair is a mess everyday!

marta August 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Haha! My hair is a mess everyday too. I wonder if other people would understand the trend.

K-Line August 4, 2008 at 1:21 pm

This looks fantastic on you - but I think you have to have the “right texture” of hair to make it happen. Too fine, and I don’t think it would go so well…

pretty face August 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Jennine, you look gorgeous! Very alluring.

Noël August 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Oooh! I love messy hair. It looks wonderful on you.

SwanDiamondRose August 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

wow! that suits you to a T. this should be your new hairstyle for sure.

as a girl with big hair i am into all this of course.

choubelle August 4, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I love doing messy hair…messy buns especially. no stress involved, & it comes naturally! Looks great on you.

Cammila August 4, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Wow, you really executed that perfectly. But you didn’t tell us how you did it! What a tease! (Get it? Tease?! ;) )

My pixie cut never works itself into the perfect messy look. It starts to lean towards cute-messy right at the end of the day, but in the morning I look like Zach Morris.

Shen-Shen August 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm

If I could pull off this look, I’d be beyond happy. No more spending hours stressing over hair!

meli August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Hello Lush! those pics are lovely :) u rocking that great eye-detail simplicity.
loving the neck area in that shirt <3

Lucite August 4, 2008 at 10:34 pm

That hairstyle looks cute on you! If I put nothing in my hair after I wash it, it looks like the blond Whyred model, however with my round face I look more Christmas tree

jennine August 5, 2008 at 1:24 am

punky and marta… yes, it’s wonderful to spot a trend that’s part of your natural way of being.

aw, thank you swan, i only wonder if i can do this a few days in a row…

hehe camilla.. heck even with long hair, i have zach morris hair. yo!

shenshen, why dont you give it a try?

meli thanks! it’s my stand by liquid eyeliner look, i’ve been using since high school

lucite.. i’m sure you don’t look like a christmas tree. i’m so envious of fluffy curly hair. mine is just frizz.

Imelda Matt August 5, 2008 at 3:34 am

pass me the teasing comb and hair spray!

Marjolein August 5, 2008 at 5:01 am

It looks great on you! but I prefer shiny and smooth hair for myself haha :)

Suzanna Mars August 5, 2008 at 5:56 am

What looks chic on you would make me look deranged. I’m not done parsing what determining factors are involved, but they most certainly are not in my favor!

Is it age, face shape, hair type, hair color, mental attitude? Whatever the particulars, this is bold and appealing on you!

Hairstyles Watch August 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I’m mixed on the whole messy hair thing. It looks good on some, and terrible on others.

Looks good on you though. :-)

candid cool August 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm

it looks beautiful on u

susie_bubble August 6, 2008 at 1:52 am

Wow…you wear the look so well! My hair just can’t stay that way….

Retro Chick August 7, 2008 at 1:56 am

I think it’s a great look.

I do this with my hair sometimes, I find it a great way to take the shine off a a dressed up look so you don’t look like you’ve made to much effort!

Cara August 7, 2008 at 6:29 am

This time last year I would never have left the house without backcombing my hair (:

Now, my haircut doesn’t seem to work with it, I need to get it cut again, I love the messy look.


Hailey August 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm

looks great, must try!

jimhill August 9, 2008 at 10:27 am

me rikey!

Jeremy August 12, 2008 at 10:40 am

Oooo I love messy hair! It always makes me think someone just got finished having a one night stand and had no brush or comb. I wonder If it’ll work for a guy.

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