How to Rock a Messy Side Braid Like Celebrities

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There’s just something about a messy side braid that’s so effortlessly cute and girly! I love the versatile look of side ponytail hairstyles because it can easily go from day to night, seamlessly. Not to mention, it’s a style with staying power as the side braid has been a trend for quite some time, it’s wearable for any season, and it seems to be sticking around. Seriously, who doesn’t love braiding hair styles? It’s a style that even A-list celebs are rockin’and it is so easy to do! Celebrities including Ashley Greene, Audrina Patridge and Sohee have been recently seen sporting this fun, flirty hairstyle. Want to score the messy side braid look? Sam Brocato, stylist and owner of the Sam Brocato Salon in New York City tells how to pull it off these easy braid hairstyles!

Braid Hairstyles How to:

Get the side braids look with these 4 easy steps from Sam:

Step 1: First, pull all of your hair over to one side. If you want your hair to be behind the ear, be sure to shift the hair in that direction before starting to braid.

Step 2: “If you have straight hair, spritz it with a texture spray like Oscar Blandi Texture and Volume Spray to give it a ‘not so finished’ personality, ” says Sam. Smooth the top with your hand and start to braid. “A typical three-strand braid works perfectly, but the more you experiment the more personalized the look will be, ” says Sam.

Step 3: Once the braid is in place, tie the end with an elastic hair tie. Now, hold the braid in the middle with one hand. Then, with your free hand take one or two strands of hair at the end of the braid and pull on these strands of hair. Now gently push the braid in hand up towards the scalp in one-inch increments. Repeat a few times. This gives the braid a chunky, disheveled appearance.

Step 4: “Finally, take very small pieces of hair near the end of the braid and pull them free so there is a sort of unfinished, messy look to the braid, ” advises Sam. That’s right, the look is supposed to be messy, on purpose!

If you enjoyed this how-to post, then check out How To: Marchesa’s Sculpted Braid Look and How to Get Mermaid Like Fishtail Braids.


  1. Yay! Thanks so much for the tutorial…I ahve a layered haircut and I’m waiting for it to grow a little, otherwise I end with three hairse braided and everything else excessively mess…any tips to solve this situation? thanks!!

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