6.27.2013

How To: Big, Messy Side Braid (3 Ways!)


In the summer, I find myself jumping from one activity to the next, like swimming at the pool and then off to dinner. And if I don't feel like washing and redoing my hair, I'll throw it in a side braid--the messier the better. But I love faking thick hair and making the braid appear big. Today I'm sharing 3 ways to get a Big, Messy Side Braid.


Method 1:
Use a teasing brush or comb and tease your hair. Add some volumizing hairspray too before braiding.


Method 2:
Use a curling wand (or a no-heat curling method) to give some volume to hair before braiding. The smaller the barrel size the better.


Method 3:
Spray dry hair with a beachy waves spray and scrunch hair or allow to air dry to give some texture and volume. You can also apply the spray to your waves from Method 2 for more texture.

Or all 3 at once!


To finish the braid:
Pull hair to one side and divide into three sections.


Slightly and gently twist each section and then braid.


Secure with an elastic and the pull at the braid. I rub my finger and thumb through it section to "fatten" the braid.
If your hair is layered, and you want a cleaner look, secure loose strands with bobby pins. I like spraying them with a little dry shampoo first.


Have a great week.


26 comments:

  1. I love this! My hair has lost a lot of its volume, and I'm always trying to make it look thicker. Your hair looks like "Little House on the Prairie" hair (in a good way). :)

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  2. side braids are the best! this hairstyle is so pretty! :D

    <3, Mimi
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  3. I love the look of that! I'm not good with my own hair, but this seems easy enough to try :)

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  4. Beautiful! I need to get some of that beachy wave spray.

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  5. pretty! my hair can only be braided when it's damp because it's so damn thick and "slippery" that everything just falls out and instead of having that messy-put-together look, i just end up looking like a homeless person :(

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  6. Love a good side braid but I have such fine hair, so this is perfect! Thanks :)

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  7. I love side braids. It the only kind of braid I know how to do.

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  8. Teasing the hair before braiding is a good idea for those who want the thicker look.:)
    I've always loved braids, and will probably be doing this the whole summer:D

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  9. A perfect summery hairstyle, I have to wait for my hair to grow a little longer to achieve this pretty laid back style.

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  10. Oh I just love a side braid, totally going to be doing this during the summer when I go to the pool or the beach!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. This is such a pretty beachy summer look, Elle!

    (PS- had to delete my previous attempt at this comment because I submitted the wrong URL after my name... Genius, Ashley! Ha!)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  12. I love side braids! Very pretty.

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  13. I love a great side braid! It is so easy and chic!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  14. great tips! this is definitely my go-to summer hair actually but they don't look that thick. imma try all methods! =)

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  15. That looks like a great hairstyle for my daughter!

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  16. I love love love your hair sweety )

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  17. Pretty style! Braids are perfect for summer.

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  18. It was great hearing your trend insight on my last post...Happy End Of The Week!

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  19. I love your big braid! This is great, there are tons of times when I so do not want to do my hair at the end of the day.

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