11 Foolproof Steps to the 'Perfect' Messy Braid (VIDEO)

Braids continue to be an extremely hot trend this spring, and for good reason. They are cool, versatile, an easy DIY alternative to the ponytail, and a way to keep your hair off of your face when temperatures rise, yet they still look funky. Unlike severe updos, braids don't have to be flawless to work. In fact, one of the greatest styles we've seen recently is the ultra-hip messy braid.

You don't have to be a stylist to re-create this look at home. Simply grab an elastic band, hairspray, and a curling iron and follow these 11 steps to achieve messy braid perfection!


1. Start with your hair down. "Second-day hair" works best so that your mane has some texture to it -- in other words, don't bother washing your hair!

2. Gather the top section of your hair and clip it. You'll be working on this section later.

3. Pull all your hair to the right side of your head, leaving a piece on the other side.

4. Loosely braid the hair on the right side of your head.

5. Secure your braid with an elastic band.

6. Go back and pull your braid apart slightly so that it isn't too tight.

7. Spray your braid with a quality hairspray.

8. Unclip the top portion of your hair and curl small sections of hair using a curling iron. Curl away from your face and use a 1-inch barrel for best results.

9. Lightly brush the curls with a paddle brush.

10. Curl the face-framing piece of hair you left loose on the left side of your head and remember -- curl away from your face!

11. Lightly spritz your hair with hairspray and -- that's that! You are now rocking a trendy look that is effortlessly gorgeous!

Check out this fantastic messy braid tutorial and let us know how it goes!

Have you ever rocked a messy braid? Would you give this trend a try?


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