When it comes to beauty, we often find that creating a great look requires balance—whether that means harmonizing a bold eye with a neutral lip, equalizing a red lip with a bare eye, or, as in today’s case, offsetting a ladylike braid with a few flyaway strands. Happily, it seems that a slew of stylish starlets, including Blake Lively and Diane Kruger, have found their equilibrium when it comes to messy braids and consequently have worked the look to perfection! On that note, today’s Beauty Queen story is devoted to find out all the important details on how you, too, can incorporate this flirty look into your beauty regime! Read on!
Do Messy Braids Work On Everyone?
The first thing you need to know about trying messy braids this summer is that this trend works on everyone. “Anyone can have a messy pony braid,” says Ashley Hanna, a celebrity hair stylist who has worked with Britney Spears and Kelly Rutherford. “Even if your hair isn’t long enough, you can easily add clip-in extensions to create the look.” Also worth noting: you don’t have to travel to a hair salon to create this look. On the contrary, by following a few simple steps, you can easily create this look at home.
Create The Look
Step One: Before you begin, Ashley recommends using Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) or Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode ($15) to roughen up the texture of your hair and to add grip. Spray your product of choice liberally all over your hair.
Step Two: Next, Ashley recommends pulling your hair into a low and loose side-ponytail, but do not fasten it with an elastic band. Instead, Ashley says: “When you are happy with the position of your ponytail, start to braid it loosely. Depending on your level of experience, you can either do a classic three-strand braid, a French braid, or a fishtail braid.” When you are satisfied with your braid, tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
Step Three: Now that you have your braid, you want to create the “messy” look. Ashley says, “To rough up the texture, take a small paddle brush—like a Mason Pearson Hairbrush ($50)—and lightly brush up the length of the braid. You can also pull out little pieces of hair in the braid to add more texture.” Continue to do this until you are happy with the look!
The Final Word
The best part about the messy braids trend is that you don’t have to create the “perfect” look. On the contrary, dear readers! As Ashley says: “When you are recreating a style like this one, the hair does not always have to be perfect. Sometimes, the faster you create the look and the less time you spend on the look, the better it turns out! Remember, it is your own style and interpretation, so have fun with it.”
Mama’s A Rolling Stone would like to thank Ashley Hanna of Mizu New York for her help.
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