Hot Mess Hair

Gotta love when you find a quick under 2-minute hairdo to rock regularly. Yeah, it’s one part quasi chic twist, and one part “I swear I didn’t sleep in this overnight and was too lazy to undo my hair and function like a normal member of society again.” Which, in all honesty, is a look I tend to go for.

Quick, easy messy, but somehow still styling. It’s how I roll.

If the pictures above don’t make sense, here’s an attempt at directions. Basically you’re making a twisted looped side pony and then pulling the hair out/messing it up, then pinning the top part of the loop up.

Tools: Those little clear rubber bands, a few bobby pins, and some hair with some grit (aka dirty, if it’s not dirty I love using this stuff.)

1: Put hair in a low ponytail, but don’t pull it all the way through at the end. This way you’re left with a “loop.”

2: Now, you need to make a “hole” on the right side of that ponytail to pull that loop through. Literally part the red sea, stick your hand through and pull the loop through pulling it from one side, then out the other.

3: It’ll look weird right now, don’t worry.

4: Now pull out and mess up the loop you just pulled through. Same with the hair below it. This all creates an illusion of a killer messy french twist. It’s also why those little clear rubber bands are crucial/work so well for ‘dos like this.

5: Grab a bobby pin (Or two. I could only find one.) and pin up the top of that messy loop (and tuck in or pin any ends that might be popping out.)

6: Pull out some hair around your face, or wherever you want to soften the look.


High five for hot mess hair. That I miiiiiight be rocking a bit too frequently these days. Hey, at least I’m giving the top knot a rest.

Update: Here is a video (I chopped off 3 inches of my hair since I first made this post, but hopefully it helps anyone who has had trouble figuring out the ‘do.) Also, it kind of looks different every time I do it. But, it’s always a hot mess. in a good way.

More hair tutorials aqui – Will work on getting more videos for y’all too.

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    • Sorry you’re having problems, Brooke! I have super fine hair and it was pretty dirty/greasy here, which I think helps a ton. Also, you have to really pull/mess up the part you pull through a bunch. Working on a video to help! I’m not a hairdresser, and just did this one day and loved it, so I’m learning how to explain and show stuff like this better! Sorry for your frustration!

  • Please make a video on this, Rebekah! The look is so cute, but I can’t figure it out for the life of me! It would be super helpful, thanks~!!!

  • I couldn’t get mine to look exactly like yours, but your directions still gave me a pretty good idea of how to do it and I still liked how it turned out. A pretty loose messy bun. So thanks for sharing. (And I only tried once so maybe it will look more like yours next time.) 😊

  • Love this style! I did it a LOT with long hair, and it would stay up all day with almost no issues. I recently got a big chop, at just a bit longer than shoulder length. (Short enough to be easy to style, but still long enough for my frequent hot mess mom ponytail days) I thought this wouldn’t work on my shorter hair but it did!! It looks a little more *polished* with less hair but it still stays up and looks a lot better than a low pony like a young colonial era boy. 😂 Thanks for this perfect, every day style!

  • I love this hairdo! I just tried it this morning, and it is so cute! I read some other comments, and they said that their hair is shorter than mine, so do you think this will work as well with mid-back length thicker hair?
    I love your hair color btw

    • I think you definitely could do it with longer hair, you just will have to tuck the ends in I think. There have been some people with long /mid-back length hair trying it on Pinterest and I believe they just kind of rolled the ends in. Hope that helps and thanks for the compliments! So glad the lived-in blonde look is in!