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The Best Messy Braid Ever

Whether you’re rushing out the door for the day or rolling out of bed for brunch, this braid will make you look effortlessly put together. It’s easy, gorgeous and works on most hair lengths.

Just follow these steps and remember- the most important part of achieving this look is making it messy, so it’s almost impossible to get wrong!

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Tag me in your pics if you try this look!

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Jill Melton

    Wow you look just like Rosamund Pike in these pics!!

  • Marianita

    Hello, Jules! I tried to make the braid in my hair and does not come out me! I’m desperate, because to you is great and I am not even able to I Have This Test! I make? I search some tutorial? I have to tell you I do not speak English, I write with google translator, so if there is an error I apologize.

    • Gemma

      Do not worry! Maybe try first with a normal braid in one side of your head just to prove the messy thing! After a while you will find it really easy! I’ve added you an example of how I do it! πŸ˜€

      • Marianita

        thanks, Gemma!!

  • Emily Gordon

    Love the look!!!. I think its so important to be natural and always show off the real you. Perfect example of natural looks here and I love it!!!:) so excited!!

  • Tiffany

    Do you have a picture of the end look?

  • sarah rose storm

    adorable, are you using product in your hair before?

  • Malinda Bateup

    A messy braid and a face mask (because I have had little sleep!) before work… Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jemma Longbottom

    Hi Jules!! I love this look – I have tried many times but I just can’t get my fingers to do the right thing… How do you position your fingers when you do it? Could you perhaps upload a vid so I can follow you?

  • Anaka Robertson

    This is cute but this entry wasn’t very informative at all. We read it and still have no clue how to achieve this look as no real instructions were given.

  • Marisol Castro

    I did this to my daughter , and definitely you were my inspiration !!!!

  • Melanie

    Did it! Took a while, and its maybe not als perfect as yours, but quite happy with my hair!! <3

    • Dinodas

      beautiful.

      • April Elliott

        Looks cute! How did you do it?

  • Carol Stewart Herbert

    I can’t figure out if your holding three braids or four??

  • Ashley Hill

    So cute(: I just recently donated 15 inches and I’ve been looking for new hairstyles. How do you secure it though? Do you use a bobby pin or small rubber band?

  • Mindy Sammon

    Do you have to french braid it or is it just a regular braid?

  • Kelly

    How do you get so much volume in your hair? My hair is very fine and extremely straight so it is pretty flat. I struggle to find the best product for volume with out putting too much oils in my hair.

  • I have to try this. I have shorter hair aswell and sometimes it’s hard to find a hairstyle that’s quick and looks good.

    Natalie

    http://www.nataliesterz.blogspot.com

  • Amy

    I can’t figure it out from the pictures PLEASE use captions or a video. I am hopeless at hair

  • Heather

    Love it!!! One of your hair guru’s is my childhood friend; Nikki Lee at 901. She and her team always have you looking gorgeous! Excited to check out the rest of your new lifestyle site! πŸ™‚

  • Cheyenne Nicole Richards

    Can you post a video?!

  • Monica Lamb

    I definitely can’t french braid but I do something similar by using two strands of hair instead of three when I don’t feel like fixing my hair. I call this the short haired girls version of a pony tail. I never thought to go all the way down to my ear and I LOVE it, especially the messiness! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your future posts!

  • Guest

    I definitely can’t french braid but I do something similar by using two strands of hair instead of three when I don’t feel like fixing my hair. I call this the short haired girls version of a pony tail. I never thought to go all the way down to my ear and I LOVE it, especially the messiness! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Rachel Swindle

      How do you do this with two strands?! It’s awesome! I just cut about 14 inches off my hair and I’m in desperate need of some cute ways to style it, especially for teaching (I’m at yoga teacher!).

    • April Elliott

      That looks awesome! How did you do it?

  • Ashlyn_brennan

    How flawless! <3 Jules, can you do a red carpet makeup look? Prom is coming up soon and we look a bit alike but you're incredibly gorgeous, & it would be so handy. @juleshough

  • Simone

    Love it

  • Suz

    I cannot do this!!!!

  • kay dee

    I definitely do not have short hair, mine goes past my butt, but im always looking for new ways to wear my hair without spending half the day on it. Ive never been able to french braid but i have my own version that seems to work. I posted the pic on my instagram and sent you a dm of my look. What do you think? @klllove84

  • Shauni Grettum

    I totally tried this! Super cute.

  • Christina

    Ooh cute! Can’t wait to try this!

  • FashionbyCristy .

    Looks very practical!! Nice!! πŸ™‚

  • Veronica S

    Gorgeous!

  • titina091388

    this would save my life every morning while taking my toddler to school πŸ™‚

  • Laura Megan

    I just recently chopped off my hair! I love this look! I cannot wait to try it!! BTW I love they pictures of Mr. Laich and yourself!! Im a BIG CAPS fan!!! (Marylander)

  • matija cerina

    hi ! you probably won’t answer this but I have to try! πŸ™‚ I had really long dreads and then I cut them. :/ now I’m trying to grow my hair back and while I’m trying to grow it I had all kind of length and I really love your hair and your hair length so I wanted to ask you how do you cut your hair? straight or? Thank you

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