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How to Do a Messy Side Braid

Why Not Try a Messy Side Braid?

There's no denying that braids are having a moment. While there are countless ways to wear this twisted style, I'm really liking the casual sophistication a side braid provides to a look. Take Nicole Richie, who wore the messy-on-purpose version to the launch of her Winter Kate collection in Paris. She joins the ranks of other stars who've worn similar hairstyles as of late, like Rachel McAdams's bouffant, Kate Bosworth's fine-haired interpretation, and Leona Lewis's fish-tail. Get some tips for re-creating the look at home when you read more.

  • First, spritz on a texturizing wax or spray, like Sally Hershberger Genius Spray Wax ($12.50). For full volume, tip your head upside down and lightly blow-dry your locks while the product is still wet.
  • Next, create a deep side part, and then section off the face-framing layers from the back of the hair. Braid the back section at an angle so that it sweeps from one side of the nape to the other.
  • Tease or curl the front sections to create the desired effect of tousled tresses, and lightly break up the tightness of the braid by using your fingers to separate the strands. Spritz with a medium hold hairspray for further hold.
  • For a slightly different way to do the braid, check out BellaTV tutorial now.
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gummybears123 gummybears123 5 years
I like it! It looks like you didn't try too hard but it's still cute.
lexichloe lexichloe 5 years
Love it! I think it may work for my hair...if I get someone else to do it. ;)
gingirl gingirl 5 years
I like this look. I think Nicole Richie could have done with doing something with the front pieces - they kind of just hang there. I just wish I could braid worth a damn. It's a little embarrassing.
neonbee neonbee 5 years
Too bad my hair is too short for any kind of braid.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
It's pretty, I like it. Messy-on-purpose hairstyles can be tricky to recreate, for me at least.
danidaniramirez danidaniramirez 5 years
I think it looks better on people with really long hair
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 5 years
I might try it....
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 5 years
I might try it....
weffie weffie 5 years
I really like a messy look like this a lot of the time, but combined with that outfit I think she's taking the "just-rolled-out-of-bed" thing a bit too literally.
TammyO TammyO 5 years
I'm sorry but I feel like if there isn't more hair gathered in the braid than what is the damn point in it.
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