Hey everyone! I hope your weeks are going well! I’ve received quite a few requests for a hair tutorial on my latest Instagram photo, featuring this messy braid up-do. A special shout-out to Lusine, who’s sister is getting married soon and is possibly using this hairstyle on her big day! I’m so honored that all of you love this style so much! I truly hope this is helpful, and please email me or leave a comment if you have any more questions.
This hairstyle has quite a few steps, but in all honesty they are very simple to execute. I’ve taken step-by-step photos to show you exactly how I achieved this look so you can easily replicate it next time you want a messy braid up-do. The beauty of this style is you can make your own modifications to it to make it truly unique. Use all fishtail braids instead of normal, use more twists instead of braids, the options are literally endless!
Another great feature of this hairstyle is there is no curling before you begin. I literally just let me hair air dry naturally the day I did this tutorial. The first time I did this style on my birthday, my hair was already curled from earlier that day and it still worked great making it perfect for all hair types.
Messy Braid Up-do Hair Tutorial
See the full step by step tutorial below, and don’t forget to PIN your favorite images!!
- Pull up two thirds of your hair up and secure with a hair tie or clip.
- Separate the remaining hair into three sections and create three braids. Pull the braids apart to give them more of a relaxed look. It doesn’t have to be perfect, the uneven braid gives this style it’s boho look.
- Remove the hair clip and take down another section of hair- about half of what you have left. Make sure to pull out the front pieces by your face, you will need those later. Put the rest of your hair back up into the clip. Tie the hair you just let down into a messy bun. This will create a base for you to build around, it will not be visible by the end.
- Wrap the right braid around the bun. If you have longer hair like me, you will need to wrap the braid under itself like you can seem me doing with the left braid. Do the same to the middle braid, and secure with bobby pins where needed to hold the braids against the messy bun. Again, at this point don’t worry if it looks a bit awkward, we can pin everything in place closer to the end.
- Next let down another section of your hair and split down the middle. Starting with the left side, divide the hair on that side into two sections. For the back section, I chose to do a messy fishtail braid, then pulled it around the back to cross along the middle of the bun. Pin in place, and tuck the end of the braid to hide it. With the remaining front section on the left side, I did a simple braid and then weaved it along the top of my bun. Pin in place and hide the end again.
- On the right side, part into two sections again. This time I chose to do a tight twist, then pulled it back along the top of the bun. Instead of hiding the ends, I wrapped this into a little mini bun and then pinned in place. With the remaining section, I did a simple braid and pulled it across the back. Pin in place, and hide the ends by tucking them in.
- At this point, adjust and pin as needed to reign in any rogue braids or pieces out of place. Adjust anything that looks too loose, or out hairs out of place. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect, we are going for a boho look, but it should still look cohesive.
- Take down all the hair left in your top bun, and spray with hair spray. This will be used to create your ‘poof.’ If you want more volume, you can use a teasing brush to give it a little height. I chose to make it a little more natural. Once your happy with the look/shape of your poof, hold it in place with a tiny claw clip. This is a little trick I use to keep the shape while you bobby pin it into place.
- Secure the poof with bobby pins, then remove the tiny claw clip.
- Use the remaining ‘tail’ from your poof to zig zag back and forth and cover any bobby pins or blank areas at the top. Pin in place and spray like crazy!
- Bobby pin any braids out of place and adjust as needed. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray and you are good to go!
What do you guys think of this Messy Braid Up-do Hair Tutorial? Where would you wear it- date night, a wedding?!?
Is there another hairstyle on my blog you’d like to see a hair tutorial on?
Let me know in the comments!