Learn how to get your long hair out of the way in a chic messy braid sans elastic band to keep it in place!
We love sharing a good tip, and we learnt a really good hairstyle trick from Michael Shaun Corby of Alterna Haircare – celebrity stylist to the stars such as Britney Spears, Blake Lively and Nicole Richie when he was in town last week.
Let’s say you have no rubber/elastic bands on you, it’s sweltering hot out there (which it almost always is), and you’re about to rip your hair out. Fret not, we’ve got the solution for you.
Messy braids are such a great way to look effortlessly girl next door, or just cool party chic that even celebrities are opting for this style on the red carpet making this the ultimate day to night look when it comes to hair.
This is the one time it pays to not have silky smooth tresses, and the coarser/messier the hair – the better!
Step 1: Gather your hair to one side, brush your fingers through gently so that there are no major tangles.
Step 2: Divide your hair into three sections and start a regular braid. Now this is the important part: do not to let the ends of your hair separate as you braid. This will cause a reverse braid to form at the bottom of your hair the more you braid the top section.
Step 3: When you find that you can not braid any further (as both the normal and reverse braid have met in the center and a ‘loop’ has formed), push the reverse braid through the loop, and pull it tight.
Step 4: Take random sections of the ‘loose’ hair at the bottom, hold in one hand and push the rest of the hair up using the fingers on your other hand to create some volume and that messy effect. Repeat on as many sections as you wish.
Step 5: Loosen up the top part of your braid to release some of the tension from the bottom part of your braid.
Voila! This organic braid works really well for those of us who have thinner hair and want a voluminous braid without having to use extensions. We love it because it’s easy, fast, and looks so professional since there’s no visible elastic band holding everything in place.
Try it out and send us your pictures on our Facebook page or hashtag #1minuteorganicbraid and @VenusBuzz, and you might see your picture below!