Simple Messy Braid | Braided Hairstyles

If you are like me, you’ve noticed that everyone in Hollywood {in TV, movies, etc.} is talking about the comeback of braid hairstyles.

Portrait of woman modeling the Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

Simply flip through magazines, catalogs, or beauty websites and see them there, too! Everyone is wearing braids and the best thing is that there are a million ways to wear them!

One of my very favorite braided hairstyles uses a small, added flair to a simple braid… what everyone is calling a Simple Messy Braid. This is the perfect second-day hairstyle {after curls the day prior} for a quick rush out the door.

Side view of the Messy Side Braid Hairstyle

I’ve received so many emails requesting a video for this hairstyle. One of our most loyal fans even asked 10+ friends to all email me within a few hours each asking for this style! I swear we have the best fans! Well, it definitely got my attention and my girls and I decided to make this our next tutorial.

Items Needed: Brush, comb, ponytail holder, hairspray {if desired}

Time Required: 2 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin with dry slightly messy or curly hair. {You can use a flat iron or wand to add a little curl to the top layer if needed}.
  2. Pull all hair loosely to one side, over your shoulder.
  3. Braid the hair using the regular braiding method.
  4. Tug on the “elbows” of the braid to loosen/flatten and soften the braid.  This is called “pancaking” the braid.
  5. Curl any loose pieces of hair to frame your face. Remember, the braid  is supposed to be messy!
  6. Bobby pin any problem strands into place, and you are good to go!


Happy Hairstyling!

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  1. If I could be anywhere I would be in Utah because in Australia when don’t get snow, only on the mountains.

  2. Do you know of the four strand braid? I do it at school sometimes. Me and my friends love hair so much, that at lunchtime we bring combs, bands and pins and do each others hair. I love bringing new hairstyles from your website across and I think your daughters are so cute, I’d love to be as pretty as them. Ignore that bully.

  3. Hi, Mindy <3. I'm a huge fan. Yesterday i bougt some pink hair pieces to clip in to my hair. I did so and made this awsome braid and it was so cool. And sorry for my bad english ( I think ) I'm just 12 and I'm norwegian 🙂
    -Kaja <3 🙂

  4. Hi, just want to say my daughters(5&6) and I (30) love ur hairstyle tutorials!! I love doing different things with their hair and mine. they both have short hair like ur small daughter u demo’ed the bow tails on. Mine is shoulder length. Any more tips on how we can style til our hair gets longer? Lol! I will be watching!! God bless u and your beautiful family Mindy!!

  5. I love all you’re hairstyles you’re daughter is so Pretty the hairstyle that I really loved was the Ponytail bow I liked it because you can do it every where I’m a soccer player and I always do the messy braid because I have layered hair when I come back home for soccer it is alittle bit messier but it still looks pretty

  6. Your Daughters are all super cute! You are the one who helped me learn how to french braid. For a long time I could only to a outie braid on myself. But now I can do a regular one too! You and your inventive hairstyles ROCK

  7. Wow I can’t believe someone actually would write such a mean thing! Talk about bullying. I think you do great hairstyiling and daughters are beautiful.

  8. this is for rosseta,
    shut the fuck up! shes an amazing hairstyler, i love her so much she has so much talent, so i dont know why are you saying her hairstyles and daughters are ugly cause their not.HEAR ME? she is beautiful. her haierstyles are gorgeus. And her daughters are beautiful. They are the prettiest girl i have ever seen. I wish i was as gorgeus as they are. so she is olny helping us to learn more hairstyles so if you dont appreciate this you shouldnt watch it.

  9. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I love your videos, but can you do a video on how to curl your hair with no heat. Please I really want a good eaxample on how to do this. Please… Umm Oh and P.S. I’m only 11, tell your daughter I said hi… >3 😀

  11. Ditto to what Jill said. I absolutely LOVE all of your hairstyles, Mindy, and you’re daughters and family are truly beautiful. Everytime I try something new you show us, whether it’s on my daughter (1) or on myself (31) we get sincere, lovely compliments. Thank you for showing just how to do this hairstyle. As a fellow busy mom, I really appreciate the the time & effort you give to share your ideas with us in a very easy to use format. Keep it up and forget the trolls! 😀

    Could you next show us how to do low, loose pigtails and low, loose pigtail braids? I can never seem to get it quite right regarding angle. TIA! 🙂

  12. Don’t you pay any attention to the Trolls, Mindy! You and your family are adorable, and your styles are so cute and fun. Thank you for taking the time to share your creativity with all of us.

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