Posts Tagged ‘messy braid’

EASY AS 1-2-3



Let’s cut to the chase. Quick, simple, uncomplicated hairstyles are like diamonds in the rough these days but I have one for you long hair lovers today! Now let’s not act like we didn’t add some clip-in extensions to this hair, okayyyyy. We did. We added 2 tracks for extra density but not for length. They’re not super-thick tracks because the thicker they are the harder it can be to conceal them with a ponytail. Here are the 3 steps to this look!

easy messy half braid the beauty department


Prep the hair with an ocean/sea salt spray for texture. We used THIS ONE from Wella! This can be done on any hair type. We did it on fine straight hair with zero wave. It’s pretty much just air dried and the the clip-ins were added.

  1. Put your hair in a centered ponytail. Leave out the sides as you see we did in the photo above. Just a couple inches is fine if your hair is dense on the sides, but if it’s fine/thin, leave 3-4 inches out.
  2. Do a short braid. Maybe 4-6 cross overs total. It should go a little less than halfway down the ponytail. Secure that using a clear elastic.
  3. Take the braided part and gently loosen it up with your fingers. This will fatten the braid and add texture. I also love to add a little TEXTURE POWDER at this point before I pull it apart. Texture powder helps me keep the braid from falling apart because it has a little grit + hold.

At this point you have a couple options with the side pieces. You can simply wrap them around the ponytail holder and pin (as you see in photo A) or you can twist and pin them into the hair (the way we did in photo B)! You could also braid the sides and incorporate them which I didn’t think of until right now but that would be a gorgeous option as well.

Hope you’re all having fun with this Fall sweater weather hair!




THIS is one of my favorite looks because you almost cant do it wrong. It’s a braid so haphazard that even someone with little to no skill could hook it up! This reminds me so much of those kids you see on a playground who have run around for so long that their braid starts to come apart. I often feel like as it falls apart it becomes more beautiful, kinda like me after an Adele song. Anyway. Here’s how we created this look…

the beauty department the undone braid

Let’s not front. There are extensions in this hair. There are 4 thin tracks clipped in. Emily has fine hair and the extensions help to bulk it up. This looks best on longer hair but it can absolutely be done on medium lengths as well (you just need a little more patience and skill for that!)

If you have “slippery” soft hair, spray in a little OCEAN SPRITZ for grit. A light layer on dry hair will do! It’s the same one I mentioned in my last HAIR POST.

  1. Separate the center section and make a large french braid. In other words, take big pieces for your french braid rather than small. Leave out the sides from your ear to your front hairline.
  2. Split each side section into two pieces.
  3. You want to grab a piece and weave it through the main braid once or twice, leaving the ends out.
  4. Do that with all 4 side pieces.
  5. If any of them slip, you can use a tiny MICRO CLAW CLIP behind the braid to hold your section. Remember how we did that right HERE? Your pieces will stay put with those if you need them.

Again, the whole point of this is to feel very informal and un-done, so don’t overthink it and don’t make it too perfect. Add a light veil of strong holding hairspray at the end if you feel the need!

Do you guys like this kind of look? I have a few more of these types up my sleeve. Or is it just too messy for you? Would love to know your thoughts!


photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

One of my (and I’m sure your) favorite things in the world is a perfectly messy braid. Don’t you ever wonder how hairstylists get that look? Not the slept on kind of mess, but the perfect amount of fly aways to give your braid that glowing halo? So romantic and so beautiful. Today I’m exposing the tool that we often use to get that look. It’s nothing more than a men’s barbering brush which you can find HERE for about $5. Here’s how you make the perfect mess…

  1. Start with your Favorite. Braided. Updo.
  2. Lightly pull upward on individual loops (as illustrated above) to loosen your braid slightly.
  3. Pull down a few little pieces around your face.
  4. Grab your new best friend, the barber brush.
  5. Give your hair a couple light swirls with the barber brush. I like to brush in the opposite direction of the way I braided the hair. Don’t be afraid. You can always hairspray or pin excess pieces down. Keep going til you get that mess texture you want. Then give it the lightest spritz of hairspray.

Here are a couple of photos for inspiration! Enjoy xo


photos + post by Kristin Ess

So many emails have come in asking how I did the braid on Lauren’s hair for her last Chelsea Lately appearance. I recently recreated that braid and took a couple photos so you could see it up close. Here’s the very simple secret to this braid:

In a regular braid there are 3 strands. For this look, all you do is braid one of those strands beforehand and loosen it up with your fingers, then braid as usual. This creates extra texture + breaks up the mundane pattern of a regular braid.

Watch this video to see how it looks as the pieces loosen up and naturally fall out of the braid: