Forget the comb. Perfectly brushed locks are overrated – and unrealistic for that matter. Even if you spend all morning making that mane super soft, the second you step out into the winter wind it’s going to get all tangled up. So we say, embrace the mess. Maybe even leave your hat at home. Add a little bit of texture spray in the morning and let those locks fly wild and free. The look is natural, adds instant volume and last but definitely not least, it’s totally sexy. If we still haven’t convinced you to give up the brush, sneak a peek at these 12 windswept hairstyles and we’re sure you’ll quickly forget the purpose of that old bristled thing.


1. Half-up Side Twist: This runway look debuted at a Rodarte show back in 2011, but we love it just as much today as we did back then. Why we have never thought to try a half-up side braid is beyond us, but we can tell you one thing: we’re definitely into it. (via


2. Literary Dame: You’ll look like a character straight out of a Jane Austen novel with an pulled back style like this. Choose any low updo of your choice, loosen it up a bit and head outside for the finishing touches. (via Elle)


3. Half-up Knot: Try out the half-up top knot with ease. Quickly pull half your hair up in a bun and let the wind do the rest of the styling. (via Her New Tribe)


4. Quickly Curled: If you feel like you need to do a little something to you hair, curling it is a great option. Loose curls mixed with some wind action is pretty much always a runway-ready combo. (via Flickr)


5. Twisted and Pinned: Head outside with your hair down and allow it to get nice and tousled. Once you have some texture, loosely pull it back and secure it with a statement pin. (via


6. Creatures of the Wind: Or forget any extra styling and just let that mane fly free. (via Imgur)


7. Faux Windswept: If you want that windswept look but don’t have any wind to work with, a style like this is probably going to be your best bet. Style your hair with a texturizing mousse, pull it back and then put your hands through it to loosen and mess it up a bit. Make sure to pull some hair out in the front. (via


8. Vintage Vixen: Look like a vision of the past in this Victorian inspired ‘do. Slip on a slim black dress and you just might be mistaken for the most beautiful ghost around. (via Style Bistro)

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9. Tornado Locks: So messy, but oh-so-cool. (via Cropped Magazine)


10. Natural Beauty: Go full ethereal on this thing and pair messy locks with a crown braid. If you get mistaken for Mother Nature herself, don’t be surprised. (via Marie Claire)


11. Straight Styling: Style your hair with a straightener, then let the wind add in some volume and depth. (via We Heart It)


12. Bun Bliss: Definitely the easiest of all the options, here all you have to do is pull your hair back into a low messy bun – bonus points if you rock a deep side part with this one. (via Hello Bee)

What’s your favorite way to rock your locks when the wind picks up? Share with us in the comments below.