Are My Favorite Messy Hairstyles Too Messy For Real Life?

They look great on the runway, but would I get in trouble at work?
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They look great on the runway, but would I get in trouble at work?

A few days ago, I rolled out of bed a bit later than I would’ve liked. I just started a part-time job at the best art/design/jewelry/toy store ever, and I was terrified to be late, so I proceeded to run around my apartment half-dressed in a panic, eating toast while I did my eyeliner.

When I got to my hair, I studied the fly-away-covered bun I had slept on the previous night and decided it was sort of high fashion in its own way. I kept it as is, but just before I stepped out of the front door, I started to question myself. Did I look like a slob? What if my new job had a problem my unkempt appearance? How messy is too messy?

Lula

Lula

Wispy slept-on updos have been trendy for awhile now, and I don’t think we’ll see them vanish anytime soon. My newest issue of Lula is laden with cute, sleepy hairstyles (in fact, almost every issue is), and the runways are constantly host to messy, backcombed updos. Buns (both high and low) and low ponytails still remain a favourite; everyone from Chanel and Vera Wang to Marni and Bottega Veneta has jumped on the relaxed hair train over the past three years. 

But the question remains: Does it translate as beautiful in real life, or plain old messy?

My mess-making supplies

My mess-making supplies.

My three favourite messy hairstyles are low-slung pigtails, the slept-on topknot, and the big loose braid. All three require a bit of backcombing, Davines sea salt spray, and dry shampoo (I also use Davines because it smells amazing and isn’t too heavy/powdery.) 

Essentially, I give my hair a spray with each product, back comb to create volume and frizz, then loosely pull together each style. 

The results...

The slept-on top knot.

The slept-on top knot.

The big, loose braid.

The big, loose braid.

The low-slung pigtails.

The low-slung pigtails.

As much as I love these looks, I ended up changing my hairstyle for work that day, whipping it into a fresh, sleek bun. 

Emmett’s input: “I think it’s fine if you have a clean face,” (?) but of course in the end I had to ask you fine folks: Are messy hairstyles trendy and awesome, or just plain lazy? What do you think?